Some not-so Frequently asked questions
A. 1645 feet or or 501 meters or 274 fathoms. It might not be this way if we weren't so lucky. There have been a number of attempts to drain Lake Tahoe for power.
Q. How was the Lake formed?
A. A combination of major upheavals and the steady grind
of ice and rock. The Crystal and Carson ranges (among others) were formed
by block upthrust movements. The north side of Lake Tahoe was then blocked
by the volcanic activity of Mt. Pluto. Additionally, glaciation played
a key role by providing some of the most dramatic shoreline features,
like Emerald Bay. Looking at the Carson Valley to the east will give you
an idea of what our Lake in the Sky would be like without the glaciation
or the volcanic blockage.
Q. What kind of wildlife exists in the Tahoe Basin?
lions (rare), coyotes, California wolverine, bobcat, American
Nevada red fox, American
bald eagle, American
peregrine falcon, Mule deer, Northern goshawk, Osprey, Raccoon,
Beaver, Chipmunk, Gold-mantled ground squirrel, Red-Tailed Hawk,
Mountain Chickadee, Pre-Historic Sea Monsters, and many
Q. Does the lake freeze in the winter?
A. Moreso than in the summer. Actually, just the small inlets
like Meeks Bay Marina and the Tahoe Keys freeze on regular basis. On rare
occasions, Emerald Bay
will freeze over.
Q. What happened to Jimmy Hoffa.
A. I don't know, but if he was thrown into Lake Tahoe, he
didn't float to the surface because the water remains too cold at the
depths to allow the formation of the gases required for floatation. These
same conditions also inhibit the algae growth which would decrease Lake
Tahoe's famed clarity.
Q. What's a Tahoe
A. The word Tahoe is thought to have derived from the Washo
word Da' ow, which means 'water in a high place'. It is not the
only name for our lake in the sky, however. Lake Tahoe was originally
penned Mountain Lake, as Captain John Fremont neglected to name
it upon first seeing it. After crossing the Sierra it was renamed
Lake Bonpland. It first appeared on maps as Lake Bigler, after California's
third governor. This was never fully adopted and the name Tahoe
was somewhat officially adopted in 1862.
More information on the naming of Lake Tahoe.
More information about John Fremont.
Where do they put the moguls in the summer?
A. Okay, I really don't have an answer for this other
than the fact that people ask this question is proof that some people
just shouldn't procreate.