What are some interesting facts about Lake Tahoe?
Lake Tahoe’s perimeter is seventy two miles. The deepest part has never been reached. Its water is basically from melted snow. The temperature hovers around 38 to 40 degree Fahrenheit.
Lake Tahoe is sixty two hundred feet in altitude with rises up to 7400 feet during the relay- which makes some legs awful tough.
The USA 1968 Olympics training took place at Lake Tahoe. The host of that Olympics was Mexico city-7400 altitude !! We built a special ‘modern’ rubberized track at 7300 feet for our trials. Quite a few of our best athletes did not make the team because they could not handle the altitude.
The name Tahoe is Warshoe Indian– meaning “Big Waters“. Tahoe is usually mispronounced. American Indians use a short A- not a broad Spanish type AH! Tay-Hoe should be close to proper. For hundreds of years the Indians used this paradise for their late Spring, Summer and Fall home and hunting grounds. Then came progress (civilization). They were literally pushed into the Pacific Ocean.
Credited with giving the lake the name that “stuck” is California writer Dr. Henry DeGroot, who was asked to come up with a descriptive Native American word after more traditional titles like “Washington” and “Lincoln” were dismissed. DeGroot claimed “tahoe” meant “big water” or “high water” but many claimed otherwise.
There are two ‘Ultra’ races that start at Tahoe. One a foot race- the other a horse race. Each one hundred miles long. They are run on separate dates. The goals are the same. 100 miles in 24 hours or less. A Silver Gold Buckle i s the prize. I have a horse buckle!
Lake Tahoe has changed from Warshow Indian days- but still one of the most beautiful areas in the United States
Natural Rim: 6223′ above sea level New Year’s Flood High lake level: 6,229.39. The lake was over its maximum level for 13 days in January. Surface area: 193 sq. mi., 22 miles long, 12 wide. Shoreline: 71 mi.
Many drowning victims are never recovered from Lake Tahoe because the cold water at lower depths preserves the bodies, preventing the formation of internal gasses that would otherwise cause them to float to the surface.
If the Lake was tipped over, its contents would cover California in 14.5 inches of water, while Texas would be under 8.5 inches.
Tahoe could provide every person in the United States with 50 gallons of water per day for 5 years.
The sun shines an average of 274 days each year, but snow can fall during any month. At lake level, the area receives an average of 125 inches of snow annually. Higher elevations can receive an average of 300 to 500 inches annually.
Lake Tahoe isn’t a crater. It was formed by movement of the earth’s crust and volcanic activity only sealed the end of the valley, allowing rivers and streams to fill the basin.
On average, 1,400,000 tons of water (or 1/10th of an inch) evaporates from the lake every day.
The evaporation alone from Tahoe over the course of one year could supply a city the size of Los Angeles for 5 years.
It would take 300 years of severe drought for Lake Tahoe to drain significantly