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I Guess That’s Why They Call it the Blues – Lake Tahoe Blue

Published on: June 18, 2012

Lake Tahoe is known for its clarity, panoramic views, and for being blue. The lake never freezes over and even in the winter it is still a pale blue.  California, the land of 3,000 lakes, has no finer lake than “Blue.” Each summer the lake is the focal point of entertainment–boating, swimming,  Stand Up paddling, fishing, beach sunbathing, and lake events that turn the lake a patriotic red, white & blue. There are two spectacular fireworks shows on the lake each summer–one on the 4th of July and one to end the summer on Labor Day Weekend.

Lake Tahoe shares its shoreline with Nevada–around two-thirds of the shoreline are in California, so we like to claim it as our state’s own lake, a pride & joy!  Bragging rights of the blue lake include it being the largest alpine lake in North America. And only one lake in the U.S., Crater Lake (Oregon,)  is deeper than Lake Tahoe, whose depth is 1,645 feet, close to 1/3 mile deep. Tahoe was formed  approx. 2 million years ago as part of the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Summer on California’s blue lake will offer incredibly experiences this year. Hear are a few.

Lake Tahoe 2012 events:

  • 4th of July  Lights on the Lake Fireworks at Tahoe South on July 4 is the largest synchronized fireworks display west of the Mississippi. Starts at approximately 9:45 PM.
  • Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys Concerts 2012 include Chicago, The Doobie Brothers and The Beach Boys, to name a few.
  • 2012 Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival at Sand Harbor State Park  July 13 – August 26, 2012
  • Tour of California Death Ride – Saturday, July 14, 2012. One of the premier cycling events in the West, it begins and ends north of Markleeville, California, and covers five mountain passes.
  • Xtreme Tahoe Trail 100 Bike Ride July 22, 2012
  • American Century Celebrity Golf Championship  July 17 – 22, 2012  at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course
  • South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic at Tahoe Keys Marina & Yacht Club July 27 & 28, 2012. One of the largest gatherings of Wooden and Classic Boats.
  • Lake Tahoe Concours  August 10 – 11, 2012
  • Lights on the Lake Fireworks Show Sunday, September 2, 2012.  Celebrate summer’s end with the tradition of Tahoe South’s nationally acclaimed fireworks show. Starts at 8:30 p.m.
  • StandUp Paddle Race the Lake of the Sky Competition at South Lake Tahoe June 30, 2012


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