lake was formed about 2 million years ago and is a part of the Lake
Tahoe Basin with the modern lake being shaped during the ice ages. It is known
for the clarity of its water and the panorama of surrounding mountains on all
sides. The area surrounding the lake is also referred to as Lake Tahoe
or simply Tahoe
. More than 75% of the lake's watershed is national
forest land, comprising the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit of the United
States Forest Service.
Lake Tahoe is a major tourist attraction in
both Nevada and California. It is home to a number of ski resorts, summer
outdoor recreation, and tourist attractions. Snow and skiing are a significant
part of the area's economy and reputation. Mountain and lake scenery are
attractions throughout the year. The Nevada side also includes large casinos.
Highways provide year-round access from Reno, Carson City, and Sacramento