Emerald Bay State Park

South Lake Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe, California 96156 USA

  • Independent
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible

Permanently Closed

This location is permanently closed.

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“beautiful and tranquil”

In 1969, Emerald Bay was designated a National Natural Landmark for its brilliant panorama of mountain-building processes and glacier carved granite.

The natural beauty, geology and history of this unique island make it one of the highlights of any visit to the Lake Tahoe area.

The park features Vikingsholm, one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the western hemisphere and the "Tea House" on Fannette Island, the only island to be found in all of Lake Tahoe.


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Reviewed by
Jason Ellis

  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
December 18, 2014
Rated 5.0

Highly recommended if staying in our around Lake Tahoe area. Cool little waterfall and great views of the lake. You also get to drive on a very sketchy road on the way up from South Lake Tahoe.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Greek_nomad

  • Road Warrior
  • 401 Reviews
  • 283 Helpful
August 26, 2014
Rated 5.0

Lake Tahoe is probably one of the most beautiful lakes in California, a great natural landscape that combines rock formations, tall trees, and beautiful bays making it one of the top summer destinations in mainland California.

There are so many things to explore while visiting the Lake, that someone would need pages upon pages to fully address and describe them. Definitely, though. the top attraction of the Lake Tahoe is the Emerald Bay. Oh my God, what views !!! No matter how many photos of this magical places you may stare at, still won't give you the real picture. This place is a real paradise on Earth.

Arrive early on the parking spot (the fare is $10), early is just about 9 in the morning. There is a hiking trail of about a mile, that leads you to the lake. There we've rented kayaks ($30 for the first hour and then $10 for every hour) and we paddled all the way to this amazing small island where are some very picturesque ruins. Please do mind though that during the high summer seasons the place gets over crowded and you will need to return the kayaks by 5 in the evening. A little bit costly, but overall what a great experience. My wife and two sons had some great fun and we took amazing photos!!!!! Yes we were there, and we strongly advise you to do the same!!!

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Emerald Bay State Park

South Lake Tahoe
South Lake Tahoe, California
96156 USA

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