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The short answer is no. There is no hard and fast weight limit for whitewater rafting.
White water rafting companies offer a variety of guided tours, and each tour has a minimum age—which could be as low as 5, 7, or 12 years old. Call ahead to confirm the age requirements (even if the age limit is listed online) before you book your reservation.
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There are 63 streams that flow into Lake Tahoe and only one, the Truckee River, that flows out into Pyramid Lake. Unlike most bodies of water in North America, Tahoe’s water never reaches the ocean.
The river is moving at a speed of roughly nine miles per hour in Reno.
Truckee River temperatures can range from near freezing in winter to the 70’s in summer. Summer temperatures at Lake Tahoe seldom exceed 90 degrees. Lake Tahoe surface water temperature in the summer is 65 to 70 degrees, 40 to 50 in the winter.
That is because the lake is so deep, with an average depth of 989 feet, and so cold, with the temperature hovering just above freezing. So that prevents the creation of gases that would otherwise bloat and float corpses to the surface as in other waters.
Truckee River. The river flows northeasterly and is 121 miles (195 km) long. The Truckee is the sole outlet of Lake Tahoe and drains part of the high Sierra Nevada, emptying into Pyramid Lake in the Great Basin.
The lake has a surface area of 3.4 sq km (1.3 square miles), reaches a maximum depth of 100 meters (328 feet), and sits at an elevation of 1,815 meters (5,955 feet). Donner Lake is fed by Summit Creek and Gregory Creek, and is drained by Donner Creek, which then takes its waters to Truckee River and Pyramid Lake.
Pyramid Lake is an endorheic lake. It has no outlet, with water leaving only by evaporation, or sub-surface seepage. The lake has about 10% of the area of the Great Salt Lake, but it has about 25% more volume. The salinity is approximately 1/6 that of sea water.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released updated information, which indicates the Truckee River will not flood despite the heavy rainfall early Saturday morning. The river is forecast to crest at 14.2 feet–about a foot below the flood stage level in Sparks.
Truckee’s granddaughter, Sarah Winnemucca, wrote that the Paiute word “Truckee” means “all right” or “very well.” After Chief Truckee guided the 1844 Stephens-Murphy-Townsend wagon train up the Truckee River Canyon and into California, the grateful emigrants named the river after him.
It was renamed Truckee after a Paiute chief, whose assumed Paiute name was Tru-ki-zo. He was the father of Chief Winnemucca and grandfather of Sarah Winnemucca. The first Europeans who came to cross the Sierra Nevada encountered his tribe.
Lake Tahoe Dam is a concrete gravity dam on the Truckee River, at the outlet of Lake Tahoe in Placer County, California. Tahoe Dam regulates the top six feet of Lake Tahoe, and distributes the water into Tahoe’s primary outflow, the Truckee River. It is situated 400 feet downstream from the lake’s natural shore.
Does the Truckee River flow into Pyramid Lake?
Great hatches invade this river, and in the month of June three large aquatic insects can be out; Green Drake mayflies, Golden stone flies, and Carpenter ants. Summer evenings offer caddis hatches and a chance to catch these wild and beautiful trout on the surface with dry flies.
Anglers can fish for rainbow trout, brown trout, cutthroat trout, mountain whitefish, and largemouth bass (in lower sections) of the river.