Full Throttle Tahoe

Lake Tahoe's

Lake Tahoe is a large freshwater lake located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California and Nevada. It is situated in the northern part of the Sierra Nevada, within the boundaries of both California’s El Dorado County and Nevada’s Washoe County.

Lake Tahoe is known for its stunning natural beauty and crystal-clear blue waters. It is the largest alpine lake in North America and sits at an elevation of about 6,225 feet (1,897 meters). The lake is approximately 22 miles (35 kilometers) long and 12 miles (19 kilometers) wide, with a shoreline that spans 72 miles (116 kilometers).

Lake Tahoe offers a wide range of recreational activities throughout the year. During the summer, visitors can enjoy swimming, boating, fishing, and various water sports. The surrounding forests provide opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, and camping. In the winter, the area transforms into a popular destination for skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing, with several ski resorts located nearby.

About Full Throttle Tahoe​

We offer self-guided jet-ski rentals (personal watercraft / PWC), boat rentals, boat charters, and on-the-water wakeboarding lessons, wakesurfing lessons, and waterskiing lessons, all on Lake Tahoe.  We also offer Lake Tahoe parasailing and boating instruction.  There is no better way to experience Lake Tahoe’s pristine beaches, and lakefront bars & restaurants. We also offer Polaris RZR4 rentals for those of you that love the dirt!


Full Throttle Tahoe provides boat sales, boat service and boat storage through our Centurion Boats Authorized Dealership.  In addition, we stock and install Marathon Truck Decks, an industry leader in ATV and Snowmobile decks.  Allowing you to take full advantage of what Lake Tahoe has to offer.


The lake’s pristine waters and surrounding mountains provide breathtaking scenery. Visitors can explore the scenic shoreline, hike to panoramic viewpoints, and enjoy picturesque sunsets. Emerald Bay, located on the southwest shore of the lake, is particularly renowned for its stunning beauty and is a designated National Natural Landmark.

Lake Tahoe is known for its remarkable water clarity, but it has also faced environmental challenges due to development and pollution. Efforts have been made to preserve and protect the lake’s natural ecosystem. Organizations such as the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) work to regulate development and implement environmental safeguards.

While Lake Tahoe itself is not located within Tahoe National Forest, the forest encompasses a vast area surrounding the lake. Tahoe National Forest offers a variety of recreational opportunities, including camping, hiking, fishing, and wildlife viewing. The forest is also home to numerous lakes, rivers, and diverse ecosystems.



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Located  on the beach at the Crown Motel in Kings Beach
8200 North Lake Blvd.
Kings Beach, CA 96143

Geography and Formation

Lake Tahoe, straddling the border between California and Nevada, is North America’s second-deepest lake and one of the clearest freshwater bodies in the world. Spanning approximately 22 miles in length and 12 miles in width, with a surface area of 191 square miles, the lake holds a staggering 39 trillion gallons of water.

The lake’s formation traces back over two million years, when the movement of the Earth’s crust created the basin that now cradles the lake. The surrounding mountains, including peaks that soar beyond 10,000 feet, were formed through the tectonic forces that shaped the region. The pristine waters of Lake Tahoe are primarily fed by snowmelt and precipitation, which filter through the surrounding granite-rich terrain, giving the lake its renowned clarity.

Natural Beauty and Scenic Wonders

Lake Tahoe’s azure waters, set against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains and lush forests, create a scene of unparalleled beauty. The lake’s clarity allows for remarkable underwater visibility, with some areas boasting visibility depths of up to 70 feet. This phenomenon, attributed to the low levels of nutrients in the water, contributes to the lake’s striking shades of blue.

Emerald Bay, a crown jewel of Lake Tahoe, offers some of the most captivating vistas in the region. The bay is home to Fannette Island, the only island on the lake, and the historic Vikingsholm Castle, an architectural marvel that reflects Scandinavian design elements. Cascade Falls, another natural wonder, is a stunning waterfall accessible by a scenic hiking trail, providing panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.