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“The World’s Destination”


South Lake Tahoe offers around-the-clock entertainment along the shore of the largest alpine lake in North America. The majestic Sierra Nevada mountains, breathtaking vistas, stately pines and gorgeous sunsets create a one-of-a-kind setting. The largest city in El Dorado County is also called South Shore Lake Tahoe as it sits on the southern shore of Lake Tahoe.


Entertainment is endless with nationally known destinations throughout the region. Edgewood Tahoe Country Club hosts an annual celebrity golf tournament. Ski resorts include Heavenly, Sierra at Tahoe, Homewood, Alpine Meadows, Squaw Valley and Sugar Bowl. Tahoe National Forest, El Dorado National Forest, Emerald Bay State Park and Granite Chief Wilderness are nearby outdoor destinations. The Pacific Crest Trail runs along the crest of the Sierras, while the Rubicon Trail starts on the west side of Lake Tahoe. Gaming attractions include Harrah’s, Harveys, MontBleu and Hard Rock to name a few. In addition to Lake Tahoe, Fallen Leaf Lake, Rubicon Bay and Meeks Bay also provide water recreation. Vikingsholm, Tahoma Lodge, Camp Richardson, Stateline, Nevada and Zephyr Cove, Nevada are additional popular attractions.

South Lake Tahoe Parks and Recreation operates Bijou Golf Course, Bijou Bike Park, Bijou Park, Campground by the Lake, El Dorado Beach, Explore Tahoe, a public pool, Regan Beach and South Tahoe Ice Arena. In addition, South Lake Tahoe is also a wedding destination with numerous spa, health and wellness and nightlife offerings.



Barton Memorial Hospital has served the healthcare needs of the South Lake Tahoe community for more than 50 years. Since opening in 1963, the hospital has been fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations and the State of California. Barton features 24-hour emergency care, 71 beds and a skilled nursing facility. Barton Health also operates additional clinics, centers and facilities throughout the region.

Students in South Lake Tahoe are served by four elementary schools, the Lake Tahoe Environmental Science Magnet School, South Tahoe Middle School and South Tahoe High School. Offering higher education in South Lake Tahoe is Lake Tahoe Community College. The school, at the highest elevation of any in the state, features a 164-acre campus and full accreditation through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Tourism plays an integral role in the health of the local economy. Major employers include Barton Memorial Hospital, Camp Richardson, Heavenly Mountain Ski Resort, Caesar’s Entertainment (Harrah’s/Harveys), Horizon Casino, MontBleu Casino and Sierra at Tahoe Ski Resort.


The city of South Lake Tahoe has a relatively short history. Gaming arrived to Lake Tahoe in 1944 and by 1950 roads began to be plowed year-round offering access to permanent residents. Following the 1960 Winter Olympics, which were hosted in Squaw Valley, the city of South Lake Tahoe was incorporated in 1965 after several unincorporated communities were combined.


The weather in South Lake Tahoe is classified as a snowy highland climate with winters that are chilly, especially at night and summers featuring warm to hot days and cool to cold nights with low humidity. Summer is the dry season for the area which receives 12 inches of rain and 64 inches of snowfall per year. The sun shines an average of 249 days yearly.

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