Wouldn’t it be a fulfilling getaway when you get to learn a bit about of history during your Lake Tahoe vacation?
It wouldn’t hurt so much to dig in to the culture or know the history of the place you are enjoying your vacation in, since this will provide you with helpful key trivia items that you can boast about with friends when you come back to school or work.
Lake Tahoe’s history is one for the storybooks.
It started out as a land mass of shifting, grinding, sliding earth with imperceptible, perpetual movement which later on became the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the massive water basin that came to be knows as Lake Tahoe.
Here are some more interesting information about Lake Tahoe.
Lake Tahoe’s elevation is 6,229 feet, making it the highest lake of its size in the United States.
The water depth measures 1,645 feet at a portion of the lake in the Crystal Bay area, making it the tenth deepest lake in the world and third deepest in North America.
Lake Tahoe also boasts of water clarity to a depth of 75-feet.
The lake covers a surface area of 191 square miles with 71-miles of exquisite shoreline, while the Nevada/California border traverses lengthwise with a greater portion being on the California side.
Average snowfall in some areas is 300-600 inches and melting snow finds its way to the lake via 63 streams entering the basin.
But what would strike you as odd is the fact that there is only one outlet, the Truckee River.
Because of the huge volume and constant movement of the water, Lake Tahoe never freezes despite the drastic winter temperatures.
Back in the old, old days summer vacationers began arriving more than 10,000 years ago when the American Indian Washoe tribe camped along the cool lakeshores.
One of their favorite places is known today as Camp Richardson and the men of the tribe were skillful hunters and took advantage of the abundant wildlife.