Lake Tahoe is so full of water this summer that its beaches have shrunk after five years of drought

Mail Online | 4/12/2015 | Reporter
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After five years of severe drought, Lake Tahoe is finally full of water - but that means the people who come visit the lake don't have as much space to enjoy it.

As is typical with the summer months, about 3,000 to 3,500 people visited the Sand Harbor beach on Lake Tahoe every day in the past two weeks, according to SF Gate.

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At the height of the drought, up to 200 feet of exposed lake bed added to the main beach at Sand Harbor, one of the most popular beaches on the lake.

But this year's visitors have had a different, more crowded experience than in the past.

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Jay Howard, the supervisor for Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, told SF Gate that more than two-thirds of the beach space at Sand Harbor has gone under water.

'People are kind of shoulder-to-shoulder crammed onto the beaches like sardines,' he said.

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'When you look down the beach about midday, you'll see nothing but umbrellas.'

In some places, there isn't even a beach anymore.

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