Tahoe Facts

Lake Tahoe is one of the largest, deepest, and clearest lakes in the world. Its cobalt blue appearance, spectacular alpine setting, and remarkable water clarity is recognized worldwide. The Lake’s earliest inhabitants, the Washoe Tribe, demonstrated a deep respect for the fragile environment that was their home and still revere this magnificent place. Recreational opportunities and scenic vistas have made Lake Tahoe a top national and international tourist destination.

Lake Tahoe Fast Facts

  • Lake Tahoe is 2 million years old
  • Holds 39 trillion gallons of water
  • Size of watershed: 501 sq. miles
  • Lake surface area: 192 sq. miles
  • 12 miles wide
  • 22 miles long
  • 72 miles of shoreline
  • 1,645 ft. deep
  • 6,223 ft. elevation (natural rim)
  • Trees in the Basin: 17 million
  • 2 states: CA, NV
  • 5 counties, 1 city
  • 50,000 Tahoe Basin year-round residents
  • Majority of private property owners are part-time residents
  • US Forest Service and state agencies manage almost 85% of land area
  • 43,470 developed parcels in the Basin
  • Assessed property values in the Basin total $15.5 billion
  • Average surface water temperatures are 68˚ Fahrenheit in the summer and 41˚ in the winter
  • 63 streams feed into Lake Tahoe but only one, the Truckee River, flows out
  • Approximately 3 million people visit Lake Tahoe every year
  • The Lake is designated as an Outstanding National Resource Water under the Federal Clean Water Act
  • Lake Tahoe is the second deepest lake in the United States
  • Lake Tahoe is so deep that a single drop of water entering the Lake today will take about 650 years to find its way out
  • Highest peaks in the Tahoe Basin: Freel Peak at 10,891 ft.; Mt. Rose at 10,776 ft.