Fun Facts About Lake Tahoe

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For over 30 years, our team at Sun Bear Realty & Property Management has had the joy of living and working in the High Sierra. And although our minds continually focus on our client's needs, we continue to be in awe of the region around us.

Now that the holidays are well underway, we found a little time to do some research about some fascinating stats about this paradise that we call home.

We hope you enjoy this information, and perhaps it may excel your ability to win a trivia game at your local pub! Need more insight? Our friends at always have some great insight!

Here are some fun facts about Lake Tahoe

Did you know that we have already received more snow than the entire 2014 - 2015 season, and we are only halfway through December? After a series of big storms earlier in the month, the snowpack is currently over 200% of the average for the date.

Lake Tahoe is over a MILE high and over 2 million years old!

There are 22 million trees in the Tahoe Basin.

The Lake's highest water level can be 6,229.1, and you can see the level daily by visiting

Tahoe Tap (the water you drink in your home in Incline Village) was named the Best Drinking Water in the USA!

Our first 'settlers" were the Washoe Native Americans. They used our cool and crisp high elevation as their sacred summer playground. White settlement began in the mid-1800s, and when gold was discovered, the region experienced immersed development. Although the local tribes were dispersed, they still are active today as the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California. You can read more about it here.

The Pony Express traveled hundreds of miles and hours across the South Lake Tahoe area and what we know of today as Highway 50. The Pony Express ceased running when the Transcontinental Telegraph was completed in 1861.

On the north end of the Lake, up into Truckee, the Transcontinental Railway connected California to the rest of the world. If you have not been to the Truckee Railroad Museum, put it on your list. It may be small, yet the history is mighty!

There are three different forest service jurisdictions around the lake, with the US Forest Service and State Agencies managing almost 90% of the land that we enjoy year-round.

Want to know more? Stop in our office at any time. We love to share our insight with you!