Did you know… The deepest spot in Tahoe was found with a bottle and a length of line? | SierraSun.com

Did you know… The deepest spot in Tahoe was found with a bottle and a length of line?

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun

Charles McGlashan, owner of the Truckee Republican (a predecessor of the Sierra Sun) and Donner Party historian, along with Charles Burkhalter, used a weighted bottle to accurately measure Lake Tahoe’s depth at 1,645 feet in 1875, according to “Shaping the Sierra, Nature Culture, and Conflict in the Changing West,” by Timothy P. Duane.

Tahoe’s average depth is about 1,000 feet, and its surface is 6,225 feet above sea level, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The deepest point is near Crystal Bay, and is 4,580 feet above sea level, which is lower than Carson City to the east, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Lake Tahoe is the 10th deepest lake in the world, and second to Crater Lake in Oregon for the deepest in the United States, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.