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Lake Tahoe Camping

Susan Helene Kramer


Lake Tahoe, as we know it today was formed a million years ago during the ice ages. The water level is 6,225 feet high, and it is 22 miles long and 12 miles wide at its largest dimensions.


Both California and Nevada straddle the Tahoe basin. For those who are interested, gambling is legal on the eastern, or Nevada shore. It is possible to drive around Lake Tahoe and stop occasionally to enjoy the view.


This photo shows me standing on the shore on the western side, looking toward the opposite shore.

Iíve visited Lake Tahoe several times and enjoyed different activities.


The first time my daughter and I van-camped at a campground on the north-west shore, the California side. We were close enough to walk to the lake. Even though it was July the water was very cold and I did not go in completely, though my young daughter did.


Tahoe is a fresh water lake and so clear it was easy to see the small pebbles as shown in the photo. About those pebbles - I recommend wearing flip-flops or rubber shoes on the beach and into the lake as it is rough on the soles of your feet.


If you are camping, there are plenty of small stores and restaurants along the lake shore so you can replenish your food and water supplies easily.


We were allowed to have a campfire. Others around us were in tents. Be sure to dress warmly at this high elevation, even in summer. In winter you can enjoy skiing - some of the mountain peaks surrounding the lake exceed 10,000 feet.


This is the route I used driving the almost 100 mile journey from Sacramento to North Lake Tahoe: Follow Rt. 80 east and north toward Reno.In Truckee follow the signs south to Lake Tahoe. You will be entering from the north on the western and California side.


Traveling around California and data reference information


Rand McNally Road Atlas - detailed driving maps in the United States


Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit - for camping information


Article and photo credit - Susan Helene Kramer


Copyright 2012-2015 Susan Helene Kramer
Santa Barbara, California USA
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Published by Creations in Consciousness
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page created June 16, 2013