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US Coast Guard Station Lake Tahoe


2500 Lake Forest Rd, Tahoe City, CA 96145

In Lake Tahoe, the summers are warm, arid, and mostly clear and the winters are long, very cold, wet, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 18°F to 80°F and is rarely below 4°F or above 87°F.


The warm season lasts for 3.0 months, from June 18 to September 17, with an average daily high temperature above 73°F. The hottest day of the year is August 3, with an average high of 80°F and low of 42°F.


The cold season lasts for 4.1 months, from November 17 to March 22, with an average daily high temperature below 49°F. The coldest day of the year is December 31, with an average low of 18°F and high of 41°F.


The wetter season lasts 5.9 months, from October 31 to April 26, with a greater than 18% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 33% on February 23.


The drier season lasts 6.2 months, from April 26 to October 31. The smallest chance of a wet day is 3% on July 19.

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Cost of Living
The overall cost of living index in Lake Tahoe, CA is 144, which is 4% higher than the California average and 44% higher than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Lake Taheo, CA are 3% higher than the California average and 13% higher than the national average.

Getting to Know the Area
Explore. No, dig in! Dig in—like there’s no tomorrow–to all that Lake Tahoe has to offer. Natural scenery that borders on the ridiculously beautiful, coupled with night life that doesn’t quit. World class casinos with big name entertainment, luxury spas and top-notch restaurants.


No matter the season, there are many fun things to do in Lake Tahoe. Summer promises legendary, heart-pounding downhill single track and bike paths for social spins. Hike your heart out, get your bootie in a boat or to a beach. Which beach? Well, there are beaches with restaurants, with marinas and water toys, beaches with live music that beg for a sunset bbq and secluded ones that whisper quiet relaxation in the sun. All with views of spectacular Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada’s. Speaking of views, get a bird’s eye view from a paddlewheel boat or a gondola car. Navigate one of the Epic Adventure ropes courses or zoom down a zip line.


Every good get-away deserves a serious-or not so serious-shopping spree. With a plethora of distinctive gear shops, unique boutiques and brand basics, you can get it, sport it, wear it, use it while you’re here. And it goes without mentioning (ok, we will anyway), that Tahoe South breeds some heavy-hitting artists and artisans and you’ll find your favorites in galleries galore.


Did someone say history? Check it out, all over the place. From Zephyr Cove Resort, built in 1900 in response to the Comstock silver mining boom to Camp Richardson Resort offering city-folk a lake front retreat since 1924, to Vikingsholm Castle, another grand estate of the 1920’s, we can tell a story or two about life at the Lake in yesteryear.


You may have to go home to rest but come back for winter. And rest assured that even in winter we don’t roll up the sidewalks at sundown. Ski and ride the real-deal big mountains like Heavenly Mountain Resort, Kirkwood Resort and Sierra-at-Tahoe, then check out how Tahoe South interprets après ski—it’s a whole new language you’re going to want to learn. On your winter trip, don’t forget to squeeze in sledding, sleigh rides, snowshoeing, snowmobiling or just some sliding around on some ice on some skates.


Check out these websites for a list of all of the great events going on in the area.  

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