Lake Tahoe named “America’s best lake” in USAToday poll

—By USA Today

Tahoe – North America’s largest and most popular alpine lake, a place Mark Twain once called “the fairest picture the whole earth affords” – is the champion in USA TODAY’s recent poll, which garnered more than 5,000 votes via Facebook and Twitter.

Michigan’s Lake Charlevoix was runner up among a field of 15 finalists nominated by regional magazine editors, with strong support for Alabama’s Lake Martin, Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks and North Carolina’s Lake Lure plus a sizeable number of votes for New York’s Blue Mountain Lake, New Hampshire’s Newfound Lake and Washington’s Crescent Lake.

The winner, notes nominator Peter Fish of Sunset, straddles the California-Nevada border and “draws a gazillion – that’s what it feels like on a weekend, anyway— tourists who use it as a summer escape hatch.”
But, Fish adds, Tahoe is “too stunning not to be experienced” – a sentiment echoed by aficionados like Dick Goodrick, a former Michigander who now lives in Dayton, Nevada.

“The Sierra Mountains around Lake Tahoe clinch the deal,” wrote Goodrick. “Year round recreation, skiing, hiking, casinos, mountain bike riding, fishing, wake boarding, sailing on big boats, paddle wheel dinner/cruise boats, clear deep blue water, spawning salmon, zip lining, historic homes to visit, and much more. No lake can match it.”

Lake Tahoe is featured on the cover of the Summer 2012 issue of our magazine. Read the issue here.

(photo credit: Jeff Dow)

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