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Were you thinking that the river was named after a truck, or a trucker? Nope. It was named in honor of a Paiute chief named “Trukizo” (which we think sounds way cooler) who led an exploring party through the area in 1844.
Lake Tahoe is fed by 63 different tributaries. But water only flows out of the lake in one place: The Truckee River. Imagine that!
It gets stranger. Most natural watersheds empty into an ocean somewhere. Not the Truckee River. It starts at one lake, and ends at another lake. You can find the beginning of the Truckee River on the west side of Lake Tahoe, in Tahoe City, it ends after a 121-mile journey at Lake Pyramid. Along the way it passes through Donner Memorial State Park (the Donner Party is a whole other story!).
The Truckee River accounts for a third of the water that vanishes from Lake Tahoe. But wait. Where does the rest go, if there are no other rivers flowing out? Evaporation, baby! That lake surface is huge. The Truckee River carries that Lake Tahoe water out at a rate of over 800 cubic feet per second. Which equates to 31 hot tubs, 150 bathtubs, or 400 beer kegs’ worth, every second! Wow!
The Truckee River supplies essential water to the cities of Reno and Sparks and… yeah, you don’t care about that. You want to know what you can do for fun on the Truckee River! Right?
Answer: Plenty! There’s amazing fly fishing to be had (native Lahontan Cutthroat Trout swim alongside brown and rainbow trout). And there’s fun whitewater rafting, which is actually tame enough for the whole family.
Check out the Truckee River, and all the fun things to do in the area, when you book your Ultimate Lake Tahoe Adventure with Extranomical Tours. Book your spot today!