Tahoe South Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Lake Tahoe is a national treasure because it’s one of the world’s largest, deepest, and clearest mountain lakes. Lake Tahoe is 22 miles long, 11 miles wide and the lake is in a 501-square-mile watershed. The communities surrounding Lake Tahoe have grown up because of the protection of its natural beauty and year-round recreational opportunities. The U.S. Forest Service and State of Nevada and California agencies manage nearly 85 percent of the Tahoe watershed land. The rest is private property.
Find the answers to the most frequently asked questions about Lake Tahoe.
Can I visit Lake Tahoe?
- Our destination spans both California and Nevada. As we navigate the challenges of this pandemic it is important for visitors to be aware of the different restrictions and requirements between the two states and counties. Please visit TahoeSouth.com/knowbeforeyougo for more details
Do I have to wear a mask?
- YES! Both California & Nevada are under a mask requirement when in public spaces. For your safety and ours, we kindly ask that masks are worn whenever you go inside and outside. Learn more here.
Can I visit my second home?
Are restaurants open?
- In Stateline, NV, onsite indoor dining, with 25 percent maximum seating capacity, tables, or customers seated a minimum of 6 feet apart, are open. Bar tops and bar areas remained closed, but bar beverages may be served at tables. Customers waiting to dine must wait outside and maintain a minimum of 6 feet distance. Many establishments may require advance reservations. Party size at restaurants is limited to 4 people.
- In South Lake Tahoe, Calif., restaurants allow only for take out or delivery. No indoor or outdoor dining is allowed.
- Please respect workers by wearing a mask as much as possible.
Are ski resorts open?
- The State of California Department of Public Health released Outdoor Recreation guidance on Dec. 1 that includes ski resorts. Find that guidance HERE.
- California ski resorts can remain open, with outdoor facilities only, no food and beverage allowed for on-site consumption.
- Despite the Stay Home Order, resorts can continue to operate per the Governor’s office.
- California resorts are already implementing this guidance.
Is there a maximum group size I can hang out with?
- In California, state public health directives prohibit professional, social, and community gatherings. Gatherings are defined as meetings or other events that bring together persons from multiple households at the same time for a shared or group experience in a single room, space, or place such as an auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, or other indoor or outdoor space. They pose an especially great danger of transmission and spread of COVID-19. (Purple Tier, under the California blueprint for a safer economy)
- In Nevada, public gatherings can be held in the Silver State under strict requirements, 50 people or 25 percent capacity, whichever is less. No large events will be approved during this time frame. The new guideline will go into effect Tuesday, November 24, 2020. More information.
Are hotels open? Can I rent a house?
- Lodging properties are open on the Nevada side of Tahoe South with new protocols and procedures in place. It is recommended to understand those policies prior to arrival and plan accordingly. Please contact accommodations directly for information and availability.
- Tahoe South Deals and Lodging.
Is the bus still available? Transit?
What is the status of special events at Tahoe?
- Many special and annual events and large gatherings at Lake Tahoe have been canceled, postponed, or rescheduled. Please check with the specific event host or location for the latest information.
Do I need to cancel my wedding, family reunion, etc.?
- In El Dorado County, (South Lake Tahoe) California, is now in the purple tier which does not allow for large gatherings. More information
- In Nevada, larger gatherings can be held in the Silver State under strict requirements, 50 people or 25 percent capacity, whichever is less. The new guideline will go into effect Tuesday, November 24, 2020. More information.
- Depending on the location of your event it may or may not be postponed. Please check with your location host for more details.
What is the Weather Like in Tahoe South?
- With an average of 278 sunny days a year, the chances are high that you will enjoy great weather conditions during your summer and winter vacations.
- South Lake Tahoe Air Quality
Average Highs and Lows:
How do I get to Tahoe South?
What to do in the Summer? If you can think of something, you can probably do it here in the summer!
- Boating, water skiing, jet skiing, windsurfing, parasailing, rafting, fish, golf, play tennis, rock climb, hike, zip lines, rope courses, mountain coaster, gondola, bike on the flat or on the mountains, visit a beach and take a picnic and take a dip. Ride a horse, art galleries, museums, lake cruises, hot air balloons, restaurants, shopping, 24-hour world-class nightlife and entertainment around town and at nearby famous casinos and more!
What to do in the Winter?
- Skiing, Snowboarding, Telemark skiing, Cross-country skiing, Snowshoeing, Snowmobiling, and Sledding/Tubing.
When does Ski Season begin and end at Lake Tahoe?
- Usually, Ski Season begins by Thanksgiving (late November) and ends mid-April.
What Ski Resorts are at South Lake Tahoe?
What is the difference between South Shore and North Shore of Lake Tahoe?
- Both sides of the Lake are amazing. South Lake Tahoe has more options for Lodging, Dining, Recreation, and Nightlife.
Do you have more questions? Please email us at info@LTVA.org
Other Lake Tahoe Facts
- Lake Tahoe is the North American Continent’s largest Alpine lake; 22 miles long, 12 miles wide, and covers a surface area of 191.6 square miles, and has 72 miles of shoreline.
- At lake level, annual snowfall in South Lake Tahoe averages 125 inches. At alpine skiing elevations, the snowfall averages 300 to 500 inches each year.
- Lake Tahoe is 2/3 in California and 1/3 in the State of Nevada.
- The Lake’s surface is 6,226.95 feet above sea level and the natural rim is 6,223 feet above sea level, making it the highest lake of its size in the United States.
- Mt. Tallac at 9,735 feet is the highest peak rising from the shoreline. The highest point in the Tahoe Basin is Freel Peak at 10,881 feet.
- Lake Tahoe is the 3rd deepest lake in North America and the tenth deepest in the world. Tahoe’s deepest point is 1,645 feet near Crystal Bay. The average depth of Lake Tahoe is 989 feet.
- The estimated 39.75 trillion gallons of water contained in the lake is 99.9 percent pure, with visibility to 75 feet below the surface.
- Lake Tahoe is, geologically, a “young lake” having been formed 10,000 to 11,000 years ago.
- Glaciers are responsible for carving out the broad U-shaped valleys that hold Emerald Bay, Fallen Leaf Lake, and Cascade Lake.
- 63 streams flow into Lake Tahoe, but only one, the Truckee River, run past Reno and into Pyramid Lake.
- Lake Tahoe loses much of its water to evaporation. If the water that evaporates from the lake every 24 hours could be recovered, it would supply the daily requirements of a city the size of Los Angeles.
- Lake Tahoe Water Temperature: Although the summer’s heat can warm the upper 12 feet to a comfortable 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Lake Tahoe never freezes over in the winter; this is due to the constant 39 degrees Fahrenheit, maintained at depths below 700 feet, largely because of the constant movement and volume of water.
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