It will be kind of hard to come to Reno without making a pit stop somewhere along the Lake Tahoe shore, this massive freshwater lake known to be the second deepest in the nation, as well as one of the most popular in general! Lake Tahoe is nestled within the Sierra Nevada Mountains, straddling the California and Nevada borders perfectly. Known for its sandy beaches and snowy ski resorts, Lake Tahoe is also home to much more culturally, from traditional outdoor recreation events to unique local village shopping and eating.
On the southwest shore of the lake, you will find Emerald Bay State Park, home to the historic 1929 Nordic mansion. The northeast shore will bring you a great look at local wildlife within the official Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, this spot holding Sand Harbor Beach, Spooner Lake, and the Tahoe Rim Trail. There are many more stop options along the shore in both states, the entire lake area taking up a total of 191.6 square miles.
Being the nation’s second deepest lake means one major thing; the fishing here is excellent! Pro fisherman and inexperienced visitors alike always enjoy fishing here, the lake stocked with mosquito fish, brown and rainbow trout, and largemouth bass. The deepest point in the lake measures down to 1645 feet, making it clear why the fish love this lake! Aside from fishing you can hike, ski, boat, wildlife watch, camp, jet ski, snowmobile, rock climb, and so much more! Make time to enjoy the sunny beaches of Tahoe City, shred the slopes of Squaw Valley and shop the villages of Tahoe City. From the Old West to the West Coast, this lake has it all!