The Lake

History: Home to the Washoe Indians, John Fremont was the first person of European descent to discover the Lake during an expedition in 1844.

Maximum Elevation: 6,229' making Lake Tahoe the largest alpine lake in North America.

Length: 22 milesLake Tahoe

Width: 12 miles

Shoreline: 72 miles

Average Depth: 1,000'

Maximum Depth: 1,645' making Lake Tahoe the third deepest lake in the United States and the tenth deepest in the world. If Tahoe was completely drained, it would cover a flat area the size of California to a depth of 14 inches and would take over 700 years to refill.

Clarity: One of the clearest lakes in the United States, Lake Tahoe has a water clarity of close to 75' deep.

Weather: The sun shines over 272 days a year at Lake Tahoe. July and August are typically the warmest months with an average maximum temperature of 79 degrees.

Activities: Famous for it's great skiing during the winter, Summer activities include gaming, golf, boating kayaking, swimming, fishing, parasailing, biking, hiking, shopping, and much more. For more information go to

Tahoe South Location: Tahoe South is located 58 miles southwest of Reno.

The beauty of Tahoe: Mark Twain wrote, "At last the lake burst upon us--a noble sheet of blue water lifted six thousand three hundred feet above the level of the sea, and walled in by a rim of snow-clad mountain peaks that towered aloft three thousand feet higher still! As it lay there with the shadows of the mountains brilliantly photographed upon its still surface, I thought it must surely be the fairest picture the whole world affords."

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