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Tamarack, California

Unincorporated community
Tamarack is located in California
Location in California
Country United States
State California
County Calaveras County
Elevation[1] 6,913 ft (2,107 m)

Tamarack, formerly known as Camp Tamarack,[2] is an unincorporated community in Calaveras County, California, in the United States. It was founded in the 1920s.[2] A nearby weather station, located across the Alpine County line, has been the site of several United States meteorological records.

Tamarack is located at an elevation of 6,913 feet (2,107 m),[1] on the west slope of the Sierra Nevada near Bear Valley and south of South Lake Tahoe.

The greatest snow depth ever recorded in North America was recorded in Tamarack: in January of 1911, 390 inches (990.6 cm) of snow fell, leading to a snow depth in March of 451 inches (1145.5 cm).[3][4] Tamarack also holds the record for greatest seasonal snowfall in California: during the winter of 1906−1907, it received 883 or 884 inches of snow.[4][3][5]


  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Tamarack, California
  2. ^ a b
  3. ^ a b Christopher C. Burt, Extreme Weather: A Guide & Record Book, page 77: "...the deepest snow depth ever recorded in North America, belongs to Tamarack, California. Here, near Yosemite's Tuolumne Meadows, 390ʺ fell in January 1911. This led to a level snow depth of 451ʺ (37.5 feet) by March of that year. Tamarack also holds California's greatest seasonal catch on 884ʺ in the notoriously wet winter of 1906-1907."
  4. ^ a b Sierra Nevada Virtual Museum
  5. ^ Charles Nevers Holmes, In New York City Were the Snowiest Place, in Tychos (1920), page 20: "And, at Tamarack, California, about a mile and one-half above sea level, there was a record of a snowfall of 73 1/2 feet which fell during the winter of 1906-1907. Now, a snowfall of 73 1/2 feet, of 883 inches, is certainly considerable..."
  • U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Tamarack, California

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