Facts About Lake Tahoe

World Famous Lake Tahoe - Located in California and Nevada, USA

Lake Tahoe Facts!

Lake Tahoe is the highest alpine lake in the U.S. and the 16th deepest and second largest alpine lake in the world! Commonly referred to as "Tahoe", or just "The Lake" by locals, beautiful blue Lake Tahoe is located in the Sierra Nevada between the great states of California and Nevada in the United States of America.

The Lake Tahoe region includes the cities and towns of Tahoe City, Incline Village, Truckee, Kings Beach, Squaw (Olympic) Valley, Alpine Meadows, South Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Vista, Carnelian Bay, Crystal Bay, Brockway, Homewood, Tahoma, Meeks Bay, Meyers, Stateline, Northstar, and Zephyr Cove.

How big is Lake Tahoe?  Lake Tahoe has a surface elevation of 6,229 ft (1898 m), is 22 miles long (35 km), 12 miles wide (19 km), has a shoreline 72 miles (116 km) in length and a surface area of 191 sq miles (496 km). 

How deep is Lake Tahoe and how much water does it hold?  With a lake surface area of 191 square miles (122,200 acres and 496 km), a maximum depth of over 1,600 feet (over 450 m), an average depth of 989 feet, a mean depth of 984 feet (300 m), and the total capacity of Lake Tahoe is 122,160,280 acre-ft (39 trillion gallons) of water!! Its deepest points are in Crystal Bay at 1,637 ft (499 m) and off Rubicon Point (1,645 ft, 501 m).  Surface lake temperatures range from 68 ° F in the summer, to 41 ° F during the winter. The only outlet is the Truckee River at Tahoe City.  The Lake boasts some beautiful fish including Sockeye salmon, Rainbow trout, Brown trout, Mosquitofish and others.

Locals generally divide the Basin into North Shore, West Shore, East Shore and South Lake Tahoe. Click here for a Lake Tahoe Map.

  • Surface Area: 193 square miles
  • Capacity: 39 trillion gallons
  • Maximum Depth: 1645 feet
  • Shoreline: 71 miles
  • Daily evaporation: 335,000,000 gallons
  • Length: 22 miles
  • Width: 12 miles
  • States: CA and NV
  • Popular Activity: having fun!

Popular Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is known world wide for its world class alpine and nordic skiing and snowboarding with snowfall at alpine ski elevations averaging between 300 - 500 inches per year!

Summer golf is very popular in Lake Tahoe where they say, at 6,000' elevation, the ball travels 25 yards farther on a drive! That's good news for most of us and great news for the many celebrity's, such as big John Elway and the legendary Michael Jordan, who hit the links in July each year at the American Century Golf Championship - Celebrity Week at Edgewood Tahoe in the South Shore.

Lake activities are also popular with numerous public beaches and private resort beaches available. There are plenty of marinas, boat ramps and even for boat rentals for boaters and fishing charters for fishermen and women. If you'd prefer to hike, bike or horseback ride, or do all of the above, it's all in Lake Tahoe and all on TahoesBest.com!!

Casinos and headline entertainment are also mainstays in North and South Lake Tahoe with the beautiful backdrop and mountain setting a classy alternative to the glitz of Las Vegas or Atlantic City!

Your Lake Tahoe Vacation

If you're planning a Lake Tahoe vacation and are looking for lodging and accommodations, vacation rentals are VERY popular and in North and South Lake Tahoe. If you'd prefer a hotel, motel, inn, bed and breakfast or full service resort, Lake Tahoe has hundreds to choose from. Click here to review your options.

Have you heard about Lake Tahoe weather?? It’s simply the best with low humidity and over 300 days of sunshine every year!! Check out our current weather conditions provided courtesy of NOAA.

Need a great Map of Lake Tahoe?? Click here as we provide several for your use and reference.

If you want help with planning your vacation, check out Tahoe's best vacation guide!

Summer fun on the Truckee River

Commercial rafting starts Memorial Day weekend and ends on Labor Day.

The Truckee River's release rate is approx. 50+cfs as the current lake level matches the natural rim altitude within .04 feet. Rafting from Tahoe City to the River Ranch is halted when the flow rate exceeds 900cfs. Flow rates in excess of 1205cfs signal a halt to all traffic, navigation of the river is illegal from Tahoe City to the River Ranch.

Things to Do Tahoe's Best Travel Info

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South Shore (CA)

Fantastically Fun Lake Tahoe Fishing Charters

Address: 900 Ski Run Blvd Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

All Summer Rafting close to Lake Tahoe!

Address: 10068 Hirschdale Rd. Truckee, CA 96161
North Shore (NV) / Incline & Crystal Bay
Teaching You To Ride Like A Champ! Open seasonally.
Address: P.O. Box 4267 Incline Village, NV 89450

Restaurants Tahoe's Best Travel Info

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Cascades at Squaw Creek Offers Gourmet Breakfast And Dinner Buffets

Address: 400 Squaw Creek Road Olympic Valley, CA 96146
Squaw Valley

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Visit Mountain Pizzeria at Squaw Creek for Delicious Italian Cuisine
Address: 400 Squaw Creek Rd Olympic Valley, CA 96146
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Six Peaks Grille at Squaw Creek Is A Lake Tahoe Favorite for Fine Dining

Address: 400 Squaw Creek Rd Olympic Valley, CA 96146