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About Lake Tahoe
Mark Twain described Lake Tahoe as "the fairest picture the whole earth affords". He wrote further that "three months of camp life at Lake Tahoe would restore an Egyptian mummy to his pristine vigor and give him an appetite like an alligator. The air is very pure and fine, bracing and delicious, the same as angels breathe".
Tahoe is 1645 feet deep, making it one of the deepest lakes in the world. The surface of the lake sits at 6223 feet above sea level.
Tahoe's 72 miles of shoreline are blessed with scenic beaches surrounded by high mountain peaks.
The lake's legendary clarity is maintained because of geological factors that prevent nutrients such as nitrogen from flowing into its water.
Get On The Water
Get a little exercise and explore the clear, blue shores with a kayak. There are several places you can rent from and/or take a tour.
Catch a Trout
Tahoe and its surrounding lakes and rivers are not only scenic, they are full of fish! Lake Tahoe has populations of Mackinaw Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, and Kokanee Salmon.
Where to Stay
If you are planning a visit to the 'Lake of the Sky' and are full of questions about where to stay, you are not alone! Tahoe is a big lake, with over 70 miles of shoreline and many lodging options outside the lake's basin. Let's try to sort this place out.
Where to Stay
Where to Ski
The Tahoe basin is a world class skiing destination with one of the largest concentrations of ski areas in the world. Some resorts cater to families, some have mainly expert terrain, and some focus on cross country.
Where to Play
Many vacationers come to Tahoe for the gambling and nightlife. You may wish to book a room at one of the area's many gaming hot spots.
Lake Tahoe Casinos
Where to Relax
After a long day of skiing or golf, treat yourself to a massage or body wrap on one of the basin's many spas.
Lake Tahoe Spas
Take a Hike
The Rim Trail is waiting for you. This 165 mile loop over peaks and scenic viewpoints surrounding the lake has become a world famous hiking destination.
Tahoe Rim Trail
Performances & Views
During summer, something magical happens on the east shore of Lake Tahoe. Each night, as the sun sets at Sand Harbor State Park, people gather on a soft sand dune, spread out chairs, blankets, wine, cheese and bubbly, and watch as the pristine shore morphs into a theatre and reveals the comedy and drama of Shakespeare.
There's a lot going on around the lake this summer.
Where to Golf
At times in Tahoe, you can golf after you get off the ski slopes. There are several world-class courses in the basin that attract golfers from all over the country.
Hit the Beach
Sand, sun, and cool waters your style? Grab a blanket and a towel and head to one of Tahoe's scenic beaches.