10 Lake Tahoe Shockers

South Lake Tahoe is known for the amazing Winter snow and gorgeous Summer weather. In-fact, Lake Tahoe’s beauty is not a secret, it’s a world class travel destination and receives up to 3 million visitors every year. What you don’t about Lake Tahoe might surprise you. Check out these 10 shockers:still_water_lake_tahoe

  1. The sun shines at Lake Tahoe during 75% of the year, or 274 days.
  2. Lake Tahoe was once used as a mob dumping ground.  Aplace to dispose of bodies or their parts.
  3. Lake Tahoe is 99.9 percent pure, with clear visibility up to 75 feet below the surface (despite the rumors mentioned in #2).
  4. The average daily evaporation of water from the lake’s surface would serve the daily needs of 3.3 million Americans.
  5. Lake Tahoe is the 31st largest lake and the 11thdeepest lake in the world.
  6. Tahoe Tessie is the local lake monster. Given the size of the lake, we think Tessie found the perfect home.
  7. If Lake Tahoe was completely drained, it would cover a flat area the size of California to a depth of 14 inches, but would take over 700 years to refill.
  8. Lake Tahoe is considered an ancient lake and is counted in the top 20 oldest lakes in the world.
  9. The name Tahoe comes from the Washoe Native American name for Lake Tahoe, da ow a ga, which means, “edge of the lake.” Pioneers mispronounced the name and it became “Tahoe”.
  10. The lake has the potential to stay as blue as it is for 1,000 years if people “do not increase nutrients and sediment entering it to above natural levels, and if no natural catastrophes occur.” Which is where the Keep Tahoe BlueCampaign comes in.
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