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10 Fun Facts about Lake Tahoe

Ever wonder why we are Tahoe obsessed, and work so hard to keep it clean?!  Read below to take a deep dive into the sapphire jewel of the Sierra Nevadas:

1.) Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America and is the second deepest lake in the United States, with a depth of 1,645 ft.

2.) Tahoe has the tallest light house in North America. Bliss State Park election 6,580 ft. It's fun being so far above sea level. 

3.) There are 63 tributaries draining into Lake Tahoe with only one outlet at the Truckee River in Tahoe City.

4.)  At the surface, Lake Tahoe’s water temperature varies from 41 to 68 degrees F. Below a depth of 600 to 700 ft, the water remains a constant 39 degrees.

5.) Lake Tahoe's water is 99.994% pure, making it one of the purest large lakes in the world. For compassion, commercially distilled water is 99.998% pure.

6.) The amount of water in Lake Tahoe (39 trillion gallons) is enough to supply each person in the U.S. with 50 gallons of water per day for 5 years.

7.) Lake Tahoe is so deep, you could stand the Empire State Building in it and not see the top of it. 

8.)  The sun shines at Lake Tahoe for 75% of the year, or 274 days.

9.) At lake level, annual snowfall averages 125 inches. At alpine skiing elevations, the snowfall averages 600 inches per year.

10.) Lake Tahoe is 2/3 in California and 1/3 in the state of Nevada.