Lake Tahoe Basin

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The rise and fall of the land due to the shifting of geologic faults some five to ten million years ago caused the formation of the Lake Tahoe Basin. The Carson Range, which was one of the two principal faults that developed, was along the eastern margin, while the Sierra Nevada was created on the western margin. About two million years ago, volcanoes further reshaped the region's landscape. Due to centuries of water falling from snowfall and streams, the Lake Tahoe Basin eventually filled to over 600 feet higher than its present level.

A path evolved through the erosion of the northeastern lava dam. Today that path is the Lower Truckee River and it is the lake's only outlet. A subsequent Ice Age and huge glaciers gradually loosened rock and reshaped the canyons in the broad u-shaped valleys of Emerald Bay, Fallen Leaf Lake and Cascade Lake. Lake Tahoe is one of the gems of the Sierra Nevada. The portion of the lake on the southwestern corner is almost all under the ownership of the USDA Forest Service. Fallen Leaf Lake is another gem, and is often overlooked because it lies off to one side of the highway.

Mount Tallac (9,735 feet) rises directly above the lake, and displays a snowy cross on its face in spring and early summer. Taylor Creek, which runs between Fallen Leaf Lake and Lake Tahoe, is a spawning site for runs of Kokanee salmon in fall. Specialty birds: Resident—Blue Grouse, White-headed Woodpecker, Pygmy Nuthatch, Cassin’s Finch. Summer—Osprey, Calliope Hummingbird, Western Wood-Pewee, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak and Mountain Chickadees.

 


 

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