A Safe Harbor

A Safe Harbor (HMND0)

Location: Tahoe City, CA 96145 Placer County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 9.99', W 120° 8.636'

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Outlet point is the location where the waters of Lake Tahoe find their only release from the lake basin along the Lower Truckee River at Tahoe City
The sheltered inlet of the Truckee River mouth provided safe harbor for fishermen in the late 1800s. Two early settlers at Outlet Point were Jeremiah "Johnny" Hurley and Billy Morgan. In the 1880s they partnered with two other men and operated the Lake Fishery.
By 1900 Outlet Point was popular with summer visitors who strolled along a boardwalk that connected it with the wharf at Commons Beach. There they visited Hurley's simple clapboard structure affectionately called the Toy-Yat Club boathouse.
Abe Cohn, owner of the Emporium in Carson City, rented the boathouse during the summer. Tourists came to see the skilled Washoe basketmaker Dot So La Lee (Louisa Keyser) weave deh-?gee-kup or fancy design baskets.
By 1920 Outlet Point was also home to Jacob P. "Jake" Obexer. He partnered with Standard Oil of California to deliver petroleum products by boat to customers around the lake.
Commercial boating dominates the activities around Outlet Point today.

Water is vital
People living at Lake Tahoe, along the Truckee River and as far away as Nevada depend on water from Lake Tahoe. How much water is available depends on the amount of snow and rain that falls each year in the Tahoe basin.
Laws regulate how much water everyone gets. Federal water masters are responsible for controlling the flow of water through Outlet Point. They measure the water level daily, and use a complex formula to release the legal amount of water through the gates of the dam.
Disputes over water rights have resulted in over a century of legal battles. Increasing population demands mean conflicts over Lake Tahoe's water will continue.

1915 - Federal court set flow rates through a dam on the Truckee River

1935 - Truckee River Agreement allowed water release through the outlet to prevent flooding lakeshore properties.

1944 - Orr Ditch Decree specified water flow through dam for irrigation, power generation, storage and government and private use.

1971 - California-Nevada Interstate Compact agreed on ways to resolve disputes but Congress never ratified it.

1990 - Public Law 101-618 agrees on ways to settle disputes and will result in a new Truckee River Operating Agreement.
HM NumberHMND0
Placed ByNorth Lake Tahoe Historical Society
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Date Added Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 1:39pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 746752 N 4339139
Decimal Degrees39.16650000, -120.14393333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 9.99', W 120° 8.636'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 9' 59.40" N, 120° 8' 38.16" W
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Area Code(s)530, 775
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-148 W Lake Blvd, Tahoe City CA 96145, US
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