Emerald Bay State Park, Lake Tahoe (California)

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Emerald Bay State Park is a state park of California in the United States, centered on Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay, a National Natural Landmark. Park features include Eagle Falls and Vikingsholm, a 38-room mansion that is considered one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the United States. The architect was Leonard Palme, who was hired by his aunt Laura Knight to design and build Vikingsholm. The park contains the only island in Lake Tahoe, Fannette Island. The park is accessible by California State Route 89 near the southwest shore of the lake. Emerald Bay is one of Lake Tahoe's most photographed and popular locations.In 1969 Emerald Bay was recognized as a National Natural Landmark by the federal Department of the Interior. In 1994 California State Parks included the surrounding water of the bay as a part of the park, making Emerald Bay one of the first underwater parks of its type in the state, protecting the various wrecks and other items on the bay's bottom.The 1533acre park was established in 1953. It is located directly south of D. L. Bliss State Park.Summer temperatures at the park range from the low 40F at night to mid-70F during the day, and during the winter visitors will usually experience temperatures between 20and. During harsh winters the bay freezes over. The bay is about 1.7mi in length, and about two-thirds of a mile (1 km) wide at its widest point.
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  • We like to take the lesser-known Vikingsholm trail (past the Eagle Falls trail) to get down to Emerald Bay. It's a beautiful 2ish mile hike down the mountainside with tons of tiny waterfalls (we count...  more »
  • Emrald bay is very scenic, both from land and water. If you love trekking and trails, then this is a place to spend some quality time with family and take memorable pics. Taking a boat cruise in the e...  more »
  • Once you find a place to park, take the time to do the hike down to the lakeshore. It takes 15 minutes or so to walk (all downhill one way, so all uphill coming back.) It is definitely worth it. beaut...  more »
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  • One of the best views in Lake Tahoe, with an wonderful hike to Vikingsholm. This year emerald bay is particularly green. The hike is one mile, easy down but a bit of an incline on the way back. Once down as lake level, take the Rubicon trail as it meanders along the lake with lovely views. There are nice picnic areas. Even if you don't picnic, be sure to bring water - there is no potable water from Oct to May.
  • The view here is spectacular. Make sure to arrive early or it will be super crowded! You can see emerald bay and eagle falls from this viewpoint. Parking is limited!
  • A great place to visit during the Winter, much less people, still an awesome view. It is a bit of a walk to the water, paved however, and just take your time. There is a bench on the dock, and you can also just sit on the dock to have lunch. Recommend bringing something to explore the bay in. Bring a watercraft of some sort, or better yet dock a boat..
  • Great place to hick and to camp as well we love it. Campings spaces are big and well designed plus they have full restroom and bathroom super clean I recommend this place to everyone
  • Gorgeous look out point of Emerald Bay. The paid parking lot is $5 till sunset. This is an excellent spot to chill and picnic
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