Lake Tahoe is one of my most favorite places in the world. I’ve always thought of it as “the beach in the mountains.” People flock here to ski in the winter but the summer hosts a much greater variety of activities on the water. In the evening the lake turns different colors of the rainbow and reflects the mountains. I love to scout out secluded docks and play my guitar. In case you aren’t already impressed, here are some of the coolest facts about this incredible lake.
1. 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 average depth of 1,000 ft (305 m).
2. Lake Tahoe is the highest lake of its size in the United States with an average surface elevation of 6,225 ft (1,897 m) above sea level,
3. Lake Tahoe is 2/3 in California and 1/3 in the state of Nevada
4. The water is 99.994% pure, making it one of the purest large lakes in the world. For comparison, commercially distilled water is 99.998% pure.
5. The sun shines at Lake Tahoe for 75% of the year, or 274 days.
6. The amount of water that evaporates from the Lake each day (330 million gallons) could supply a city the size of Los Angeles for 5 years.
7. If the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower, the tallest building in North America, were dropped into Lake Tahoe at its deepest point, the top would still be submerged by 195 feet of water. The average depth is about 1,000 feet.
8. The Lake holds about 39 trillion gallons of water, enough to cover the state of California to a depth of 14½ inches.
9. Lake Tahoe is over 2 million years old. It’s considered an ancient lake and is counted among the 20 oldest lakes in the world.
10. Lake Tahoe was originally named “Da ow a ga” by a Washoe tribe of Native Americans. Pioneers who arrived later mispronounced the name as “Da ow,” which eventually evolved into Tahoe. Da ow a ga” originally meant Edge of Lake.