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Facts about Lake Tahoe

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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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