Washoe Lake and Carson Range, Nevada


ID 2063

Water levels in Washoe Lake fluctuate significantly due to seasonal changes as well as in response to prolonged droughts. Spring snowmelt and groundwater discharge can increase the lake levels by five feet or more, whereas the hot arid summers result in an evaporative loss of five feet or more. The lake was completely dry during the drought years of 1937-39 as well as in the late 1980's and early 1990's. The Carson Range east of Lake Tahoe is present in the background. Photographed at Washoe Lake State Park.

This photograph was published in the December 1999 issue of Environmental Protection magazine.


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