It is about 22 mi (35 km) long and 12 mi (19 km) wide and has 72 mi (116 km) of shoreline and a surface area of 191 square miles (490 km The south shore is dominated by the lake's largest city, South Lake Tahoe, California, which adjoins the town of Stateline, Nevada, while Tahoe City, California, is located on the lake's northwest shore.
Although highways run within sight of the lake shore for much of Tahoe's perimeter, many important parts of the shoreline lie within state parks or are protected by the United States Forest Service.
Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America,) trails only the five Great Lakes as the largest by volume in the United States.
Its depth is 1,645 ft (501 m), making it the second deepest in the United States after Crater Lake in Oregon (1,945 ft (593 m)).
Lake Tahoe is a major tourist attraction in both Nevada and California.
The flow of the Truckee River and the height of the lake are controlled by the Lake Tahoe Dam at the outlet.The natural rim is at 6,223 ft (1,897 m) above sea level, with a spillway at the dam controlling overflow.The maximum legal limit, to which the lake can be allowed to rise in order to store water, is at 6,229.1 ft (1,898.6 m).; Washo: dáʔaw) is a large freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada of the United States.Lying at 6,225 ft (1,897 m), it straddles the state line between California and Nevada, west of Carson City.Some of the valley bottoms and lower hill slopes are mantled with glacial moraines, or glacial outwash material derived from the parent rock.