The natural rim of Lake Tahoe is 6,223 feet above sea level. Lake Tahoe’s level as of yesterday is 6,223.17 feet. This means that Tahoe is 0.39 feet (4.68″) above its natural rim. On April 18th, 2016, Lake Tahoe was 1.44″ above its natural rim. Tahoe has risen 3″ since April 18th.
This spring has been the first time Tahoe has been over its natural rim since June 2015.
We cruised down to Lake Tahoe’s outlet in Tahoe City yesterday to grab some photos of the Truckee River flowing and gather the data that the dam master posts on the dam.
Lake Tahoe on May 3rd, 2016 =
- 6,223.39′ above sea level
- 0.39 above its natural rim
- Gates open in dam in Tahoe City = 1
- Discharge into Truckee River = 19 cubic feet per second
- 397,538,220 gallons of water evaporate off Lake Tahoe every day
- The average time a molecule of water spends in Lake Tahoe is 700 years
- It takes 3 days at 200 cfs to get Lake Tahoe to lower 1/100 of a foot
- Historic maximum 6231.17′ in 1907
- Historic minimum 6220.26′ in 1992
- Maximum capacity of Lake Tahoe = 40,000,000,000 gallons
- 140″ of snowfall this winter in Tahoe City, CA