The great outdoors calls my name on a regular basis. There’s so much natural beauty and awesome landscape within 3 hours of home! Lake Tahoe is one of my favorite areas for a casual day trip. It has a width of 12 miles and length of 22 miles, with a total shoreline of 72 miles.
It’s the sixteenth deepest lake in the world thanks to its maximum depth exceeding 1,600 feet. The 191 square mile surface area makes it the world’s second largest alpine lake. It’s a thrill to start the descent on the highway from any direction and catch a glimpse of this massive body of water.
South Lake Tahoe and Squaw Valley are two of the most common areas that come to mind when thinking about towns and cities around the lake, which resides in Nevada and California. Truckee, Kings Beach, Stateline, Northstar, Carnelian Bay, and Incline Village are other places to stop for a bite to eat and perhaps a place to camp or stay overnight.
The lake’s surface elevation is 6,229 feet and is surrounded by towering mountains. Snow sports are popular, along with hiking, biking, golfing, and fishing. Several years ago we splurged and chartered a fishing boat to take my husband’s sister, brother-in-law, and the two of us out on the lake in search of fish. It was fun because each of us got to fish instead of taking turns guiding the boat, and because the guides clean the fish and know the best spots to find them. Your guide will also tell you whether you need to purchase a California or Nevada fishing license so you can take care of that ahead of time.
|Spearing Fish by Torchlight, painted by Albert Bierstadt 1875 (public domain)|
Brown and rainbow trout, salmon, and mackinaw are just a few of the favorites to be found in mighty Lake Tahoe. Fishing is year-round, though some parts of the lake are closed during certain times of the year. Much like ocean fishing, you’ll enjoy the experience more by hiring one of the fishing charter experts in the area.
Enjoy any of the public beaches around the lake. Take in an indoor or outdoor show by your favorite band. There’s so much happening during the summer and early fall when warm weather produces pleasant days.
What is your favorite daycation activity or spot?