The south and east shores of Lake Tahoe span two different states and three different counties and exhibit physical attributes more diverse than one might imagine. This area contains the lake's one and only island and a native Washoe spiritual site. It contains a cove known for its afternoon winds and beaches known for their shallow shorelines and gentle slopes. The south and east shores are not, however, examples of nature untouched, of pristine scenery. On that same island, you'll find the remains of the famed Tea House, and there are highway tunnels blasted through that indigenous spiritual site. But these are part of the rich history of this section of the Tahoe Basin, as are Glenbrook's roots in the timber industry, and the Tahoe Keys Marina's emergence from what was once Pope Marsh. And despite all of the marks that humanity has made upon this lake, the high water so admired by Mark Twain still offers a wide and varied range of recreational opportunities to both visitors and guests. While the water will never reach a truly comfortable temperature, quick dips at the many beaches are still a pleasant way to pass a hot summer afternoon. There is plenty of room for the many forms of boating and water sports, and while one might not hook the Lake Tahoe Monster with rod and reel, the fishing is still plentiful just the same.
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