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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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  • The views from the trailhead are spectacular, and it only gets better the closer one gets to the lake. The hike down from the parking lot is only about a mile long, and while hiking back up is a bit h...  more »
  • Smallest parking lot on Lake Tahoe! Too few spaces for the hords of people who want to visit. Get there before 0800 for a peaceful hike. $10 on the honor system if you come before Memorial Day. Becaus...  more »
  • We visited for a small hike and some photo's. The campground and beachside areas are quite nice. Lovely Park and very much worth your time to visit.  more »
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  • Absolutely breathtaking views. Went to my best friend's wedding here and it was beautiful. Parking can get crazy, so come early. Other than that, perfect for walks, hikes and bike rides.
  • Quite insane finding a parking spot, ended up a half mile up the road. Then another mile or so hike down to the bay. Once there though it was worth it. Set up on a picnic table feet from the water with a bit of sand next to the boat dock. Gorgeous views and easy swimming water.
  • Spring and fall, climbing over the boulders! This parking area is easy to enter , find a place to park and exit. There are several trails, some more challenging than others.
  • This place was absolutely beautiful. The hike up the waterfall was amazing and the hike back up is not bad at all. Can't wait to go again!
  • Wow the day before we stopped to check out Emerald bay from the south side and it was nice. But arriving at the bay from the north side the views are 10X better!! You have an uninterrupted view of the bay, a breathtaking view of the mountain behind you, and you can see the waterfalls leading off the mountain into the bay which we had no idea existed looking from the south side. We stopped here to have our traditional 1 year anniversary piece of wedding cake and I couldn't have dreamed a better place for it.