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Travelers Headed Towards Lake Tahoe Urged to Turn Around By Those Already Stuck in Traffic

FOX40 News

Date: 2/16/2019 11:19:00 PM

PLACERVILLE -- As traffic backs up along Highway 50, travelers like Chris Nash are stopping at a gas station just outside of Pollock Pines. “We waited in traffic for an hour and a half earlier

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Snow too thick to plow keeps skiers from Lake Tahoe resorts

KRON4 News

Date: 2/15/2019 6:15:00 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Winter weather enveloping California’s mountains for a fourth straight day Friday kept skiers from hitting the slopes at the start of the Presidents Day holiday weekend, with snow

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day at Lake Tahoe

Tahoe Daily Tribune

Date: 2/15/2019 6:34:00 AM

Some say it's the most romantic day of the year. Others see it as a reminder of their loneliness. Those of us non-sheeple, though, view Valentine's Day for what it really is: a meaningless ploy to spe

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Bear Cubs Captured on Camera Poking Around Lake Tahoe Cabin

NBC Los Angeles

Date: 2/14/2019 9:53:00 AM

That thought might have been running through the minds of two curious bear cubs that apparently climbed through a window and proceeded to poke around a cabin near Lake Tahoe Saturday night. Tahoe Vist

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Caught on Cam: Bears rummage through Lake Tahoe home

Date: 2/13/2019 11:48:00 AM

A pair of bears sneaked into a Lake Tahoe area cabin over the weekend, and it was all caught on camera. Video shows the curious cubs rummaging through a Tahoe Vista home on Saturday. The homeowner tol

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• River: Truckee River
• Length: 72 Miles
• Surface Area: 123,520 Acres
• Volume: 122,160,280 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 325 Square Miles
• Average Depth: 989 Feet
Lake Tahoe is a large freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada of the United States. At a surface elevation of 6,225 ft (1,897 m), it is located along the border between California and Nevada, west of Carson City. Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America. Its depth is 1,645 ft (501 m), making it the second-deepest in the United States (the deepest is Crater Lake in Oregon at 1,945 ft (593 m), 300 ft (91 m) deeper). Additionally, Lake Tahoe is listed as the 27th largest lake by volume in the world at 122,160,280 acre·ft.
The lake was formed about 2 million years ago and is a part of the Lake Tahoe Basin with the modern lake being shaped during the ice ages. It is known for the clarity of its water and the panorama of surrounding mountains on all sides. The area surrounding the lake is also referred to as Lake Tahoe, or simply Tahoe. More than 75% of the lake's watershed is national forest land, comprising the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit of the United States Forest Service.
Lake Tahoe is a major tourist attraction in both Nevada and California. It is home to a number of ski resorts, summer outdoor recreation, and tourist attractions. Snow and skiing are a significant part of the area's economy and reputation. Mountain and lake scenery are attractions throughout the year. The Nevada side also includes large casinos. Highways provide year-round access from Reno, Carson City, and Sacramento.

Lake Tahoe is fed by 63 tributaries, which drain an area about the same size as the lake; half the water entering the lake is rain falling directly on it.
The Truckee River is the lake's only outlet. The Truckee flows northeast through Reno, Nevada, and into Pyramid Lake, Nevada, which has no outlet. Only one third of the water that leaves the lake leaves via the Truckee, however; the rest evaporates from the lake's vast surface.
The flow of the Truckee River and the height of the lake are controlled by a dam at the outlet.
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