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Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition distributes 200 free bike racks throughout Tahoe Basin


Date: 8/17/2018 10:43:00 AM

LAKE TAHOE August 17, 2018 – The Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition is distributing 215 free bicycle racks throughout the Lake Tahoe Basin, creating secure parking for 430 bicycles at key public destination

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Deputy Shoots into Car to Free Trapped Bear in South Lake Tahoe

CBS San Francisco Bay Area

Date: 8/17/2018 7:25:00 AM

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (CBS/AP) — An El Dorado County sheriff’s deputy fired several beanbag rounds into a car’s rear window to free a trapped bear that had likely been searching for snacks. El Dorado Count

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Lake Tahoe swimmer rescued after leg stuck between boulders

Reno Gazette-Journal

Date: 8/17/2018 7:19:00 AM

Lake Tahoe swimmer rescued after leg stuck between boulders An off-duty Reno firefighter was first to assist the teen, who was stuck 20 to 30 feet from shore. Check out this story on https://

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Western States Politicians Focus on Wildfire Risks at Lake Tahoe Summit

Claims Journal

Date: 8/17/2018 2:42:00 AM

The large and deadly wildfires burning in California post a stark reminder of the risk that fires pose to the Lake Tahoe Basin, Nevada and California politicians said at a recent summit. Officials at

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Lake Tahoe Swimmer Rescued After Leg Stuck Between Boulders

U.S. News & World Report

Date: 8/16/2018 11:41:00 PM

STATELINE, Nev. (AP) — A swimmer at Lake Tahoe had to be rescued after her leg became wedged between several boulders in the mountain lake on the California-Nevada line. Emergency responders for the T

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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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