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Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America, the eighth deepest lake in the world and the second deepest in the United States. With an average depth of 989 feet, the deepest point is 1,645 feet. The Lake carries an average temperature of 39-41 degrees with a surface high of 68 degrees in the summer.
Located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, 200 miles northeast of San Francisco, California, and 45 miles southwest of Reno, Nevada, Lake Tahoe is 22 miles long and 12 miles wide. With 71 miles of shoreline straddling two states, 42 of those miles border the state of California while 29 miles border the state of Nevada.
The water shed area of Lake Tahoe is 519 square miles with sixty-three streams flowing into Lake Tahoe, but only one, the Truckee River, flowing out. The lake holds over 39 trillion gallons of water, enough to cover a flat area the size of California to a depth of 14 inches. Every day over 350,000,000 million gallons of water evaporate from the surface of the lake.
The cooler summer temperatures in Lake Tahoe along with the abundance of fish and game are just some of the reasons why the western Nevada Washoe Indian Tribes have summered here for some 10,000 years. The first white man discovered Tahoe in 1844, but it was largely ignored until the Virginia City Comstock Lode was discovered in 1859. Tahoe’s natural resources were plundered to provide lumber for building and fueling the mines for the next 20 years.
By the turn of the century, wealthy San Francisco families had purchased large areas of Lake Tahoe after it had been logged and stripped of its timber. Resorts like Tahoe Tavern, Glenbrook Inn, and Tallac House began to spring up to serve the summer tourist trade of west coast vacationers, and Tahoe’s undisputed reputation as “the place to go” for summer fun had begun.
The 1960 Winter Olympics finally made Lake Tahoe a serious destination on the west coast for skiing and winter sports. As the popularity of Tahoe as a year round resort began to rise through the sixties, environmental concerns began to surface for the future of development in the basin.
In 1968, the two states of California and Nevada, and the five counties inside the Tahoe basin, turned their planning and zoning over to a rare invention of the U.S. Congress called the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. The charge for the unique agency was to balance the concerns of a fragile eco-system, that of a pristine Alpine lake, with the needs dictated by a full time working community and one of it’s main industries, recreational tourism.
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