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Lake Tahoe Statistics, Facts, Infographics and more

Lake Tahoe is the largest Alpine Lake in North America and the Jewel of the Sierra.  Surrounded by the Sierra Nevada mountains and sharing a border with both California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe, the second deepest lake in the United States is a must visit. Learn more about the lake with Lake Tahoe Statistics and Lake Tahoe facts.  

How was Lake Tahoe formed?

While a common belief is that lake Tahoe was formed by the collapse of a volcanic crater, according to the U.S. Forest Service the Tahoe basin was actually created due to faulting related to the tremendous uplifting of the Sierra Nevada mountains.  From Mt. Pluto lava flows blocking the only outlet, to ice age glaciers to erosion, present day Lake Tahoe was formed.  Below are some Lake Tahoe statistics to further entice you to visit.

Lake Tahoe Statistics & Common Questions:

Where is Lake Tahoe?  2/3 in California, 1/3 in Nevada.  Have a look at Google Maps Here

Lake Tahoe Elevation:  Natural rim of the surface is at 6,223 feet (1.897 meters)

Maximum Depth: 1,645 feet (deepest point is actually lower than the Carson Valley floor in Nevada)

Average Depth: 1,000 feet

Lake Tahoe Clarity: According to UC Davis the 5 year running mean is 67.3 feet.  Annual fluctuations are common:  For example: 2019 was 62.7 feet.  Lowest recorded was 2017 at 60 feet.

Size of Lake Tahoe: 22 miles long and 12 miles wide with approximately 72 miles of shoreline

Amount of water in the Lake Tahoe: 41 trillion gallons

What is the water temperature of Lake Tahoe.  Lake Tahoe water temperature is always “refreshing”: Average Surface 51.9 F, Average Surface Temperature in July 64.9 F

Average Annual Snowfall: 409 inches =  34 feet | 1.038 Centimeters = 10,4 meters

Highest Peak: Freel Peak (10,886 feet = 3.318 meters)

Nearest Airport: Reno – Tahoe International (RNO)

Lake Tahoe Water Temperature by Month (°F)

Month Water Temperature High (°F) Average Water Temperature (°F) Water Temperature Low (°F)
January 41.7 40.6 39.9
February 40.1 39.9 39.6
March 43.5 41.2 39.7
April 49.5 45.9 43.2
May 58.3 53.1 48.7
June 67.5 61.5 56.7
July 73.8 69.6 65.3
August 73.8 71.4 69.1
September 72 68 64.6
October 66.2 60.6 55.4
November 56.7 51.4 46.8
December 46.9 43.9 41.5

Lake Tahoe Water Temperature by Month (°C)

Month Water Temperature High (°C) Average Water Temperature (°C) Water Temperature Low (°C)
January 5.4 4.8 4.4
February 4.5 4.4 4.2
March 6.4 5.1 4.3
April 9.7 7.7 6.2
May 14.6 11.7 9.3
June 19.7 16.4 13.7
July 23.2 20.9 18.5
August 23.2 21.9 20.6
September 22.2 20 18.1
October 19 15.9 13
November 13.7 10.8 8.2
December 8.3 6.6 5.3

Best Season: Tahoe has something for every season and everyone.  Summer (most popular), Winter (very popular winter sports destination), and the calmer shoulder seasons of Fall and Spring which each have their own charm.

Things to do in Lake Tahoe: Skiing, Swimming, Snowmobiling, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Sailing, Boating, Wakeboarding, Waterskiing, Rock Climbing, Beach Volleyball, SUP – stand up paddle boarding, gambling, sampling some great food and drink, or just relaxing.  At Tahoe Report we are here to help with resources and ideas that can help you make the most of your visit to Lake Tahoe.


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The best way to learn about Lake Tahoe is to visit and get a chance to experience the crystal blue waters, the mountains, and all of the options for recreation in Lake Tahoe.  And in between you can read about the Official Monster of Lake Tahoe:  Tahoe Tessie (ok, just for fun check out The Truth Behind Tahoe Tessie)

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