Lake Tahoe’s water surface area makes up about 40% of the Tahoe Basin, or 191 square miles.

  • Lake Tahoe is about 22 miles long and 12 miles wide with 72 miles of shoreline.
  • The greatest measured depth is 1,645 feet, and averages 1,000 feet. The floor of Lake Tahoe is lower than the surface of the Carson Valley to the east.
  • Lake Tahoe is two-thirds in the state of California and one-third in the state of Nevada.
  • Sixty-three streams flow into Lake Tahoe, but there is only one outlet in Tahoe City
  • The water in Lake Tahoe could cover a flat area the size of California by 14 inches. This is also enough to supply everyone in the United States with 50 gallons of water per day for 5 years. And believe it or not, the amount of water that evaporates from the surface of Lake Tahoe every year could supply a city the size of Los Angeles for 5 years.

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