Lake Tahoe

Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe, California from Eagle Falls

Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe, California as viewed from
Eagle Falls on the Eagle Falls Trail.

While on your Truckee Vacation, a "Must Do and See" is driving over to nearby Lake Tahoe. From Truckee, there are two ways to get to the Lake.

You can view the routes below on my Lake Tahoe Map where eventually I'll have a link to all of the Lake Tahoe Cities and Towns!

  • From Central Truckee, take Hwy 89 to Tahoe. This will parallel the Truckee River which originates from Tahoe City on the Lake, and you will also pass by Squaw Valley, in Olympic Valley. You will end up at Tahoe City, where you can go south towards Emerald Bay which is the most photographed spot at the Lake.
    From Tahoe City, if you go north, you wind through Tahoe City, then on to Kings Beach, and Incline Village. There are tons of great beaches and restaurants and fun shops, to stop at along the way!

  • From Downtown Truckee, you can take Hwy 267 past Martis Valley, and Northstar and over to Tahoe. This puts you in Kings Beach, which is a fun town on the Lake.

Lake Tahoe Video

Below is a fantastic video of Lake Tahoe, shot in November 2011, by Shortt and Epic Productions! (Fall is a great time of year to visit!) In order of appearance on the video is the following Locations:

T A H O E from Shortt and Epic Productions on Vimeo.

There is so much to do at Lake Tahoe! Some of my favorites are:

  • Driving around the Lake - You can make a fun day of this, by stopping at all of the towns along the way, and checking out the beaches, and stopping in at some of the Casino's in South Lake Tahoe, where the buffet's are awesome! It is 72 miles around the lake, and it is considered one of the most beautiful drives in America.
  • The picture below was taken from Hwy 89 after heading around Emerald Bay towards South Lake Tahoe. This section of the road always freaks me out to drive, because it seems like the road is just there with a drop off on either side, and then you start into some very steep hairpin turns down the hill. The views are incredible from the top if you are a passenger!

Hwy 89 heading South around Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe

Sand Harbor Beach at Lake Tahoe, Nevada

  • For a great lunch or dinner, check out my Favorites, Sunnyside Inn, (just south of Tahoe City on the water), or Jake's on the Lake, in Tahoe City. It is just so relaxing to sit on the decks on the Lake, and just enjoy the scenery over a meal, and a glass of wine.

Vikinigsholm Castle at Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe

  • Ride the tram up the mountain at Heavenly and hike the trails, or have lunch while enjoying the incredible view of the Lake.

  • Biking or walking along the lake - The lake has bike trails around a good portion of the way, and is a great way to see the Lake close up.

  • Tahoe has some fantastic world class Ski Resorts to enjoy in the winter, with stunning views of the Lake.

  • and....if I wasn't so deathly afraid of heights, I would want to go Hot Air Ballooning over Lake Tahoe for the spectacular views and photo opportunities! Fortunately, one of my daughter Brie's friends,Tiffany Watts did, and shared some of her photo's, including the one below

Emerald Bay and Cascade Lake at Lake Tahoe seen from a Hot Air Balloon

Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe and Cascade Lake as viewed from a Hot Air Balloon
Photo Credit: Tiffany Watts from South Lake Tahoe

The video below, shows Mike Wilson who does some Quadruple Backflips from a rope swing 99 Feet above Lake Tahoe. He also made a video doing Triple backflips into the Truckee River that is awesome!

Mike also does these flips on ski's. I've got some of his ski video's coming soon. I have one video of his where he had a bad crash after doing a ski jump and flips, on my Ski Fail Videos page.

Some Fun Facts about the Lake are:

Lake Tahoe looking back to Incline Village
  • It is the second deepest lake in the United States at 1,645 feet deep, following after Crater Lake in Oregon.

  • Two thirds of the shoreline is in California, and the rest is in Nevada

  • The Lake is 22 miles long and 12 miles wide

  • The sun shines at the Lake approximately 75% of the time, or 274 days.

Ice Sculpture at Kings Beach, Lake Tahoe

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

  • At the surface, the water temperature varies from 41 to 68 degrees F. Below a depth of 600 to 700 ft, the water remains a constant 39 degrees.

For Additional Information about the Lake Tahoe area:

My site will be primarily about the Truckee area, and I will be just briefly touching on the Tahoe area. I'll mostly be covering some of the North Tahoe lakes, beaches and some of the hiking trails. 

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