Lake Tahoe straddles California and Nevada and is the largest alpine lake in North America. Its depth is 1,645 ft, making it the second deepest in the United States after Crater Lake in Oregon. It is about 22 miles long and 12 miles wide, with 72 miles of shoreline and a surface area of 191 square miles.
The lake was formed about 2 million years ago as part of the Lake Tahoe Basin, with the modern extent being shaped during the ice ages. It is known for the clarity of its water and the panorama of surrounding mountains on all sides.
Smoke from the Mendocino Complex Fires (the largest in California’s history), cloaks these photographs shot early August, 2018.