Lake Tahoe Travel Guide


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Lake Tahoe Eco-friendly Activities

The Lake Tahoe Basin is located in the Sierra Nevada mountains.  The Lake's beautiful, sapphire-blue waters are straddled by the California-Nevada state line. The Lake's elevation averages 6,225 feet, and is surrounded peaks reaching heights of up to 10,880 feet.

Lake Tahoe's #1 attraction is of coarse the Lake itself.  With a maximum depth of 1,645 feet, it is the second deepest lake in the United States — trailing only Crater Lake in Oregon.  It is approximately 22 miles long and 12 mile wide — creating 72 miles of shoreline that varies from beautiful golden and white sandy beaches on the South and West shores to more rugged rock outcrops on the Nevada side of the lake .

Please scroll down the page to learn more about Lake Tahoe's eco-offerings!

State Parks & Beaches – Lake Tahoe has 72 miles of shoreline.  creating 72 miles of shoreline that varies from beautiful golden and white sandy beaches on the South and West shores to more rugged rock outcrops on the Nevada side of the lake . 

National Forests – Lake Tahoe is surrounded by several national forests that include Tahoe National Forest, Eldorado National Forest, and the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.  They all offer a wide range of outdoor activities. 

Top Lake Tahoe Eco Attractions

Desolation Wilderness – The Desolation Wilderness is made up of 63,960 acres of subalpine and alpine forest, granite peaks, and glacially-formed valleys and lakes. Located west of Lake Tahoe and north of Highway 50 in El Dorado County, the  Desolation Wilderness is jointly administered by both the Eldorado National Forest and Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. 

The Tahoe Rim Trail –  Lake Tahoe, CA & NV

The Tahoe Rim Trail is one of the world’s premier trails. It passes through two states (California and Nevada), six counties, one state park, three National Forests, and three Wilderness areas. This spectacular trail is 165 miles of single-track multiuse trail, winding peak to peak around Lake Tahoe. It is a trail that offers something for everyone! Hiking and horseback riding are allowed on all portions of the trail, while mountain biking is allowed on the trail with the exception of the wilderness areas, the section that is in the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, and on the sections of trail that overlap with the Pacific Crest Trail. 

Hiking Mount Tallac  – Adorned with its majestic snow cross, Mount Tallac is the area's most identifiable mountain peak.  Several routes are available to get to the top –  ranging from moderate to extremely difficult hiking.  Because of the high elevation, only those individuals in good shape should attempt to climb it.   Also, depending on the time of year, many people will make the trek, so it can get a little crowded at the top!

Vikingsholm  – Vikingsholm is located at the head of Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe, California. This magnificent "castle" is a unique blend of Nature's spectacular beauty and man's architectural ingenuity.  For information call (530) 525-7277 

Taylor Creek Visitor Center –  South Lake Tahoe 3 miles north of the "Y" on Hwy. 89 past the Tallac Historic Site.     (530) 573-2674.

More than just a travel store for the Forest Service, the complex is home to many exciting activities such as:

The Stream Profile Chamber which has served as the primary attraction for the complex since it was constructed in 1968.  The Chamber provides a view of the stream environment by allowing visitors to study a diverted section of Taylor Creek. And four nature trails including: The Rainbow Trail, The Tallac Historic Site Trail, The Lake of the Sky Trail, Smokey's Trail .  It also offers  items for purchase such as maps, brochures, souvenirs, hiking permits and other items.  



What’s on Tap


Lake Tahoe Festivals & Events:


Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival—7/8 – 8/21

North Lake—Imagine your toes in the sand, a fantastic bottle of wine nearby, a gourmet meal in hand and first-class entertainment before you…

Labor Day Lake Tahoe Fireworks Extravaganza—9/4/16 @ 08:30 PM

South Lake—This pyrotechnic exhibition explodes over Lake Tahoe after dusk and features a variety of patterns, shapes, and designs.

Big Band Jazz Concert at the Sugar Pine Point State Park—9/4/16

West Lake—Concert goers are encouraged to bring a picnic, low-back chairs, blankets, and be prepared to have fun.

The Great Reno Balloon Race—9/9 – 9/11/16

Reno—This is the 35th year for one of Reno’s most colorful and spectacular events! It attracts nearly 100 hot air balloons

For more event information, click on our Festivals & Events page for Half Moon Bay.


Top Attractions:

Winter Outdoor Activities  – 2015/16

The ski areas were finally blessed with SNOW! The recent drought took its toll, but finally were seeing some action…

Summer Outdoor Activities – 2016

Lake Tahoe  – In a couple of months, Lake Tahoe will be bursting with outdoor activities!

Desolation Wilderness Area 

Awesome hiking from late spring to late summer. 


For more information on local attractions, click on the Lake Tahoe Attractions or Recreational Activities.



The Region’s Fall Advisories:

Traffic Conditions. During the summer months, Lake Tahoe is inundated with tourists making driving challenging. Another issue, is the warm summer months are the best to complete road work. This combination can create very long delays in certain sections. Go to to learn about road conditions. 

Yes, It’s Still Water! California’s extreme drought has created some long-term consequences. If you are planning a lake vacation be sure to check about water levels. That rafting trip, fishing, or skiing may be impacted. It has also create EXTREME fire conditions, so be sure to check with local authorities about campfire and camp stove regulations.   

The Plague! It sounds medieval, but chipmunks and squirrels around Lake Tahoe can carry the Plague and health officials urge caution. Click here to learn more.

Yellow Jackets! I don’t know why it’s so bad this season, but from Tahoe City south  along the beaches the bees are everywhere! Click here to learn more.


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