Emerald Bay

Emerald Bay State Park

Emerald Bay is the Stuff of Dreams

Emerald Bay State Park is adjacent to D.L. Bliss State Park on Lake Tahoe’s west shore.  With its rugged shoreline and blue-green water, Emerald Bay is one of the most photographed places in the world. From the scenic overlook on Highway 89, you can see a brilliant panorama of Emerald Bay, Fannette Island, Lake Tahoe and the distant Nevada shore. From behind the visitor center, located at the base of Emerald Bay, nearby Eagle Creek cascades over three falls and disappears into the lake.  Hikers can head into nearby Desolation Wilderness or walk the rugged lakeshore to D.L. Bliss along the Rubicon Trail.

Vikingsholm, a replica of a Scandinavian castle (800 A.D.), majestically overlooks Emerald Bay. The building is considered one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the Western Hemisphere. Tours, conducted by Sierra State Parks Foundation staff and volunteers, are available daily between Memorial Day weekend and September 30.  Tour information here

Emerald Bay is known for it’s glittering green, turquoise and indigo waters lap and white sand beaches. A tiny stone tea house perches atop Lake Tahoe’s sole island, which has, throughout the years had many names: Dead Man’s, Coquette, Baranoff, Hermit’s, Emerald Isle and today, Fannette Island.

In 1969, the federal government  designated Emerald Bay a National Natural Landmark for its brilliant panorama of mountain-building processes and glacier carved granite. Today, the park is extremely popular in the summer months. Visitors come to enjoy the campgrounds, Vikingsholm and the State’s only underwater park.

For more information about Emerald Bay State Park, visit the Cal Parks page here.

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