North Lake Tahoe

North Lake Tahoe is made up of many small lakefront communities from Sand Harbor in Nevada, to Tahoe City in California. North Tahoe Business Association serves communities in the heart of North Lake Tahoe including Carnelian Bay, Tahoe Vista, and Kings Beach in California, and Crystal Bay in Nevada. These communities are connected by the common threads of a shared shoreline, spectacular south facing lake views, and some of the most expansive and sandy beaches on the lake. Considered Tahoe’s “banana belt” because of its south facing exposure and lower snowfall totals, North Lake Tahoe has abundant lake access and recreational opportunities, offers the best sunsets, and has an authentic mountain and lakeside environment. It’s a place where one can enjoy lake and land recreation, retail shops, historic sites, arts and culture. For more information and activities in Carnelian Bay, Tahoe Vista, Kings Beach and Crystal Bay, click on the towns below.

Although North Lake Tahoe is predominately considered a summer destination, in the winter months, it offers an authentic experience with unique charm and winter visits to North Lake Tahoe for skiing and riding are not complete until visitors experience picturesque Lake Tahoe up close to check out quaint lakeside lodging properties, restaurants and shops.

Lake Tahoe provides 4-season recreation including snowsports in the winter with 17 world-class Alpine and Cross-County Ski Resorts within close proximity. Lake Tahoe is the largest concentration of downhill ski resorts in North America) and watersports, mountain biking, hiking and more in the summer and fall.

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Traveling to North Lake Tahoe

North Lake Tahoe is an easily accessible destination from different international airports or Truckee Tahoe Airport as well as by bus or train. Find information on getting to North Lake Tahoe including parking and public transportation, and travel safe!

Lake Tahoe Fast Facts
The largest alpine lake in North America, Lake Tahoe is one of the most beautiful and iconic lakes in the world. With 72 miles of shoreline and a state line running through it, 2/3 of the lake is in California and 1/3 in Nevada. At 1,644’ deep, Lake Tahoe is the second deepest lake in the United States and it is the 11th deepest fresh water lake in the world. Lake Tahoe is fed by 63 streams and two hot springs and has a clarity at up to 70 feet.
  • Natural rim: 6,223 ft
  • Length: 22 miles x Width: 12 miles
  • Surface Area: 192 square miles
  • Shoreline: 72 miles
  • Average Depth: 1,000 ft
  • Maximum Depth: 1,644 ft
  • Volume: 41 trillion gallons
  • Watershed Area: 314 square miles
  • Average water temperature: 42.1º and Average surface water temp: 51.9º
  • Highest Peak: Freel Peak at 10,881 ft
  • Average snowfall: 409 inches
  • Age of Lake Tahoe: 2 million years
  • Due to its depth, Lake Tahoe never freezes
  • The bottom of Lake Tahoe, at 4,580 ft above sea level, is lower than the Carson Valley floor in Nevada