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Facts about Lake Tahoe
Photo © Keoki Flagg 2003 and North Lake Tahoe Resort Association.
- Lake Tahoe straddles California - Nevada's state line; two-thirds of the lake lies within California, a third in Nevada.
- Located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, it is 322 kilometers northeast of San Francisco, 157 kilometers northeast of Sacramento, and 72 kilometers southwest of Reno.
- Lake Tahoe is located 6223 feet above sea level on 193 square miles.
- Lake Tahoe is 19 kilometers wide (12 miles), 35 kilometers (22 miles) long and has 116 kilometers of shoreline.
- It is the eighth largest lake in the world and largest alpine lake in North America.
- If Lake Tahoe was tipped over, its contents would cover California in 14.5 inches of water, while Texas would be under 8.5 inches of water.
- Tahoe could provide every person in the United States with 50 gallons of water per day for 5 years.
- Lake Tahoe is the second deepest lake in the U.S with an average depth of 301 meters and deepest point of 501 meters.
- The 1960 Olympic Winter Games took place at Squaw Valley U.S.A.
- The sun shines 75 percent (274 days) each year and receives an average of 1,016 centimeters of snow (at the Lake's 1,397-meter elevation) annually.
- The mean temperatures range from –1 Celsius (January) to 16 Celsius (August) degrees. Average highs during those months are 4 and 25 degrees, respectively.
Source: North Lake Tahoe Resort Association and other industry sources.
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