Lake Tahoe is an Alpine Paradise located high in the Sierra Nevada Mountain range, on the border between California and Nevada. Lake Tahoe is the highest, largest and deepest fresh water lake in the western United States. Sitting at an elevation of 6225 feet, Lake Tahoe is the second deepest lake in the United States and the tenth deepest in the world, with a maximum depth measured at 1,645 ft (501 m), and an average depth of 1,000 ft (305 m). Lake Tahoe’s water is so pure that it has a water clarity of about 70 ft (21 m) deep.
Lake Tahoe Map/Facts: 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!
Cities Near Lake Tahoe provide world class opportunities for ski vacations including Squaw Valley in Tahoe City; Heavenly in South Lake Tahoe; North Star in Truckee and Diamond Peak in Incline Village to name a few.
Lake Tahoe was named “America’s Best Lake” by USA Today. It is ranked the No. 1 ski destination with Rand McNally and Orbitz and the No. 1 travel destination with TripAdvisor.
Enjoy the Lake Tahoe Gondola and shops at Heavenly Village, the night life of the casinos, fabulous dining, fishing, hiking, camping, skiing, water sports and any high sierra sports or outdoor adventure you can conceive of. For more information on traversing the mountain passes with your truck or RV check out the Mountain Directory: A Guide for Truckers, RV and Motorhome Drivers. It is an e-book with interactive maps and description of roads and passes to help you plan the best travel route. We hope you are able to visit our community for an unforgettable vacation!