Lake Tahoe


Things to Know 

  • Lake Tahoe is at the eastern end of Placer County.
  • The lake straddles the border between California and the state of Nevada.
  • The western side of Lake Tahoe is in the state of California.
  • Lake length = 21 miles/33.8 km (north to south); Lake width = 11 miles/17.7 km (widest point)
  • Elevation at lake shore: 6223’ (1896 meters).
  • Mountain peaks nearby can be 9000’ (2,743 meters) and higher.
  • One can drive from 9000’ elevation in Tahoe to 90’ (27.5 meters) in Roseville, CA at the western end of our county in 90 minutes/90 miles (ski in the morning; golf in the afternoon- great, if you need a cross-section of American looks).
  • Tahoe is known for the clarity of its water and its myriad shades of blue and aqua.
  • Easiest road access via Interstate 80.
  • Closest international airports via I-80:
    • Reno, Nevada = 55 miles to Tahoe City.
    • Sacramento, California = 117 miles to Tahoe City.

Production Tips

  1. Weather
  2. Clothing
  3. Crew
  4. Equipment
  5. Drones
  6. Altitude Sickness
  7. Winter Parking

Due to Tahoe’s elevation the weather can change abruptly. Always track the weather forecast (use Tahoe City, CA as a point of reference). Also, it’s a good idea to check the historic monthly temperature averages for the time of year you plan to be here. Many productions work outside for long hours, so we recommend productions urge their personnel to take standard health precautions such as keeping hydrated, looking for signs of heat stroke or hypothermia.  Lake Tahoe weather.



Summer activities have been popular here long before Lake Tahoe became known as a winter playground. Activities include water sports, mountain activities, festivals, shopping and dining.  


Some of the finest skiing and snowboarding in the world can be found at the numerous ski resorts around Tahoe. In fact, the first viable ski resorts in California started in the Tahoe area in Placer County. In 1960 Squaw Valley Resort in Placer County was the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics. All the amenities that go with a world class ski resort can be found here.

Shoulder Season

Spring and Autumn are referred to as shoulder season in Tahoe, the months between the summer and winter ‘high seasons.’ Often hotel rates and other prices may be less at these non-peak times. Traditionally these are observed from Easter to mid-June (Spring) and between Labor Day and Thanksgiving (Autumn).


Tahoe abounds in lodging facilities of all budgets: five-star resorts, bed and breakfast establishments, picturesque motels, beautiful rental homes, and condos). To expedite your production’s lodging search with one phone call please contact the Conference Sales Department at the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association - Bart Peterson for this free service at [email protected]

Film History

The serene blue waters and natural beauty of Lake Tahoe have inspired filmmakers for almost 100 years. The Navigator, (1924) featured Buster Keaton and perhaps some of the first underwater footage filmed in the lake. Ten years later Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald serenaded each other in Rose Marie; Robert Mitchum challenged Kirk Douglas in Out of the Past near the shores of Lake Tahoe. Over the years Tahoe has played host to other American classic films such as A Place in the Sun, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift, Godfather, Part II, and True Lies. Tahoe's year-round beauty, its diversified terrain, and distinct seasons, continues to attract all types of media production: TV shows, commercials, print photography, and feature and independent films.