Lake Tahoe

Nevada, California, United States of America

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About Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is a large freshwater lake in Sierra Nevada mountain range of the US, between California and Nevada. It is, in fact, the largest alpine lake in North America. An alpine lake is classified as one at high altitudes, usually above 1,500 m (~5,000 ft) – Tahoe has a surface elevation of 1,898 m (~6,229 ft). Colder water at these altitudes inhibits the growth of algae and moss, resulting in beautiful, crystal clear waters.

The lake is surrounded by mountains on all sides. It is fed by 63 tributaries and the only outlet is the Truckee River at Tahoe City. It is the second deepest lake in the US; at its maximum it reaches depths of 501 m (~1,644 ft). It is about 35 km (21.7 mi) and 19 km (11.8 mi) wide. Despite cold temperatures, the lake never freezes.


The breath-taking scenery and views are complemented by a wide range of activities – there is something for everyone, all year round. Most famously, it is known for its skiing resorts. With a snowfall of between 120-200 cm (~300-500 in) per year, it can offer classic Nordic and Alpine skiing.

However, it also boasts over 300 days of sunshine a year; so many outdoor pastimes are available, especially in the summer months. These include hiking and biking – there are hundreds of trails from beginners to expert level. Horse riding is also available, as well as a multitude of lake activities, both on the water itself and on public beaches around the lake. 

Scuba diving is popular, but being at such high altitudes, is only recommended for those who know what they are doing due to the increased risk of decompression sickness.

Wildlife Watching
Caravanning / RVing
Paddle Boarding
Cross-Country Skiing
Skiing & Snowboarding
Scuba Diving
Nevada, California, United States of America
Latitude: 39.083172, Longitude: -120.033188