The area surrounding the lake is also referred to as Lake Tahoe, or simply Tahoe.More than 75% of the lake's watershed is national forest land, comprising the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit of the United States Forest Service.
The lake was formed about 2 million years ago as part of the Lake Tahoe Basin, with the modern extent being shaped during the ice ages.
It is known for the clarity of its water and the panorama of surrounding mountains on all sides.
Michael Catholic Church, which is just a few blocks from where the accident happened The plane had a minor crash almost exactly 40 years ago in Reno after its engine failed.
According to two websites that track P-51s that are still flying, it made a belly landing away from the airport.
I'm just gonna give it all I got.' 'The plane was above us to the left and I could see it,' he said.
'You kind of get a feeling, the way I was looking at it, that there's something wrong.
Down-dropping and block tilting (half-grabens) created the Lake Tahoe Basin in between.
This kind of faulting is characteristic of the geology of the adjoining Great Basin to the east.
The natural rim is at 6,223 ft (1,897 m) above sea level, with a spillway at the dam controlling overflow.
The maximum legal limit, to which the lake can be allowed to rise in order to store water, is at 6,229.1 ft (1,898.6 m).
Michael Wogan, 22, who had muscular dystrophy, was sitting with his father on Friday in an area for wheelchairs at the air show's VIP boxes - near where investigators say the World War II-era plane crashed, a family spokeswoman said.