Lake Tahoe is a lake of natural beauty. The Native Americans called it Lake of the Sky. It is surrounded by majestic mountains and 70 miles of shoreline. It is the highest lake of it’s size in North America. It is 1600 feet in depth and has never been know to freeze.
Lake Tahoe is about 22 mi (35 km) long and l2 mi (19 km) wide and has 72 mi (116 km) of shoreline and a surface area of 191 mi2 (495 km2). The floor of the Lake Tahoe Basin is at an elevation of about 4,580 ft (1,396 m), which is lower than the surface of the Carson Valley to the east! With an average surface elevation of 6,225 ft (1,897 m) above sea level, Lake Tahoe is the highest lake of its size in the United States.
The water temperature near the surface generally cools to 40 to 50oF (4.5 to 10oC) during February and March and warms to 65 to 70oF (18 to 21oC) during August and September. Below a depth of 600 to 700 ft (183 to 213 m), the water temperature remains a constant 39oF (4.0oC).
- Sugar Pine State Park & D.L. Bliss State Park have kayak, paddle boat, & speed boat rentals.
- Sand Harbor is a well know beach that hosts the Shakespeare Festival every summer.
- Camp Richardson’s beach is the longest stretch of sandy beaches and is well known for the Renaissance Festival which is held there every year.
- Emerald Bay was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1969. It is a must see of Tahoe!
- Burton Creek State Park covers 2000 acres of land on the outskirts of Lake.
- Donner Lake is world famous for having the Donner Party pass over (or almost) the summit. As written in history the party did not make it over the pass. Today you can visit the Donner Lake Museum and watch the documentary.
- Boca/Stampede Reservoir – this water is in direct relation with the Truckee River. Locals use this lake for fishing, water skiing, boating, etc.
Click on the link for more information about Lake Tahoe Beaches.
In the summer months you can take a raft down the Truckee River from Tahoe City to Alpine Meadows! There are several white water rafting companies that supply a great boating experience including Truckee River Rafting & Tahoe White Water Tours.
Get up, stand up – Paddleboarding has come to Tahoe! This sport allows you to glide gracefully over the water and offers better great views of the rocks underneath. Plus, it’s a killer core workout.
Boating Lake Tahoe
- Lake Tahoe Marinas
There are boat marinas located all around the shores of Lake Tahoe. Click on the link to view a complete list of Lake Tahoe Boat Marinas.
- Boat Inspections
It is mandatory to have a boat inspection before launching your watercraft at Lake Tahoe. Click on the link for more information about Lake Tahoe Boat Inspections.
The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency aims to “preserve, restore and enhance the unique natural and human environment of the Lake Tahoe region now and in the future.” Click on the link for more information about TRPA.