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.
What is the Air Quality at Lake Tahoe?
Can I visit Lake Tahoe?
- Our destination spans both California and Nevada. Both the Nevada and California side of Tahoe South are open to travelers. Businesses are operating at 100 percent capacity with no social distancing restrictions. Masks are required in both states for those who are not vaccinated. Please visit TahoeSouth.com/knowbeforeyougo for more details.
- Insider tips for how to do things in Tahoe.
Do I have to wear a mask?
Mask guidance requires individuals follow current CDC guidelines.
As of July 27, here’s key updates:
- Updated information for fully vaccinated people given new evidence on the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant currently circulating in the United States.
- Added a recommendation for fully vaccinated people to wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission.
- Added information that fully vaccinated people might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission, particularly if they are immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease from COVID-19, or if they have someone in their household who is immunocompromised, at increased risk of severe disease or not fully vaccinated.
- Added a recommendation for fully vaccinated people who have a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 to be tested 3-5 days after exposure, and to wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.
- CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status.
- In Nevada, masks are required indoors for both vaccinated and unvaccinated visitors.
What is the Weather Like in Tahoe South?
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, paddleboard, 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?
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.
Check us out on Social Media:
Read the Latest Blogs
The Landing Resort & Spa
Bed & Breakfast for Two The Landing Resort & Spa
Expires November 20, 2021
Holiday Inn Club Vacations Tahoe Ridge Resort
Fall Into Fun With Autumn Adventures at The Tahoe Ridge Resort
Expires October 18, 2021
Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel at Heavenly
Fall 2021 – 20% Off Best Rate Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
Expires December 16, 2021
Check out Tahoe South on Instagram