The name Tahoe comes from a mispronunciation of the Washoe Native American name for Lake Tahoe, da ow a ga, which means, “edge of the lake.” Lake Tahoe is over 2 million years old. Tahoe is considered an ancient lake and is counted among the 20 oldest lakes in the world.
A maximum depth of 1,645 feet in Crystal Bay makes Tahoe the second deepest lake in the USA, third deepest in North America and 11th deepest in the world. The Lake holds about 39 trillion gallons of water, enough to cover the state of California to a depth of 14½ inches. The water is 99.994% pure, making it one of the purest large lakes in the world. The sun shines at Lake Tahoe for 75% of the year, or 274 days.
Each side of the lake has a different feel to it: The south for nightlife, while the north is more rugged and woodsy. The Nevada and California state dividing line splits Lake Tahoe, with California with two-thirds of the lake and Nevada one-third.
The drive from north to south can be done in an easy forty minutes, so, if you’re staying on one side of Tahoe and want to visit the other, make the scenic drive and enjoy. The casinos, of course, live on the Nevada side (south), but all of Lake Tahoe is lined in beautiful beaches, ski resorts, luxury hotels, rustic cabins, condos, incredible dining and an insanely long list of family fun.