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Visiting Emerald Bay State Park Lake Tahoe

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Emerald Bay State Park is a small bay located at the southwest corner of Lake Tahoe. In 1969 Emerald Bay has been listed as a National Natural Landmark by the federal Department of the Interior. It was carved millions years ago during the ice age by glacier. In this place you will see a beautiful panorama of Vikingsholm, Lake Tahoe and Fannette Island. Vikingsholm is a Scandinavian mansion, with 38 rooms that was built in 1929 by 200 workers and located at Lake Tahoe, El Dorado County, California. If you cross to Fennette Island you will find a house that was built by Mrs. Lora for tea parties. It is a tiny house on Lake Tahoe's sole island. The Tea house only be reached by private boat from the bay, although there is no dock at the island.

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When you are visiting Emerald Bay you should see the Vikingsholm mansion. It is replica of Scandinavia Castel, that was built by Mrs. Lora Jospehine Knight. Before he starting to construct the house, she and her architect traveled to Scandinavia to gather ideas for the construction. Most of the construction was made from materials that found at Lake Tahoe. For additional information if you visit this place you parking in small lot and you need $10 for parking, then taking a one-mile from the mansion, but there are plenty of places to stop and rest.

Hike the Rubicon Trail

Hike the Rubicon Trail

If you want to reach the Eagle Falls, this is the perfect way to do. You can leave your car in the parking lot near Vikingsholm and start your step to follows the shoreline of the bay to south to Eagle Point campground. You will find a wonderful panorama of Emerald Bay during the hiking. Don't forget to pick up trail maps, if you hike in summer you can pick it at Taylor Creek Visitor Center or year-round at the main U.S. Forest Service Office in South Lake Tahoe, at 35 College Drive. Please note, bring your water and snack for energy intake, use your light hiking shoes and bring your camera to take a picture.

Explore Emerald Bay Underwater State Park

Explore Emerald Bay Underwater State Park

Emerald Bay Underwater State Park was opened for public to experience California's first maritime heritage underwater. This the place of many boats, barges and launches used during the construction of Vikingsholm. Dive in Emerald Bay give you opportunity to see and touch the artifacts of a long time ago. All the artifacts in the State Park are protected by state law and if you dive here you have responsibility of protecting them for others to see and enjoy.



If you plan a tour to Emerald Bay round late May until the middle of September you have two choice of campground in this place. Eagle Point Campground is the popular campground in the summer. This campground located in the south side of Emerald Bay. If you want to camp in the north side of Emerald Bay, you can choose the Boat-In Campground. The Boat Camp is only open during the summer and opens at Memorial Day Weekend. For the reservations will be open in mid-June.

Tea House of Fennette Island

Tea House of Fennette Island

Tea house is a tiny stone house on the Fennete Island. This house was built during 1928-1929 in the same time with constructed process of Vikingsholm. You will need a private boat to cross to the Fennette island from Emerald Bay. In this island you will prohibited to camp and dog are not allowed there. Unfortunately, the Tea House has been vandalized in recent years.

Cruise in by Boat

Cruise in by Boat

You might be planning to experience to cruise Emerald Bay, you can rent a boat for the day. Enjoying the shore and relaxing the amazing scenery around Fennette Island or cruising up to the DL Bliss State Park. You can choose which one that you prefer between take a boat tour or rent a private boat to cruising Emerald Island.

Emerald Bay State Park Lake Tahoe Tips and Tricks

How to Get Tickets?

For you who have plan for tour to Emerald Bay State Park, you can make a reservation via online. You can find some website on internet that offers tour packages to Emerald Bay State Park. If you have plan to camp there, you must make a reservation first.

How To Get Around?

To explore the surrounding land of Emerald Bay you can cycling, driving a car, or walking. If you interest to feel the bay sensation it can by power boat, sailboats, and kayak.

What Should I Wear?

Make sure to wear casual dress if you visit Emerald Bay in summer. You can choose which one that you are prefer of my suggestions to use shorts, t-shirt, shirts, skirts, flip-flop and sandals. Besides if you want to hike, don't forget to use your hiking shoes and if you want to swim bring your swimsuit there.

Emerald Bay State Park Lake Tahoe Facts

Best Time to Visit

Summer season is the best time to visit Emerald Bay State Park. Although this place is open in every season, most of the visitor go there in the summer.


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Will I Need a Guide?

No, before you start the trips you can pick the maps at Taylor Creek Visitor Center in summer or year-round at the main U.S. Forest Service Office in South Lake Tahoe, at 35 College Drive.

How To Get There?

To get the park you can drive a car. It is takes four hours to drive from San Francisco and eight hours from Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

Additional Info

Stay safe from bears that frequently seen in the areas of Emerald Bay. Don't bring scented items there. The bear-resistant food storage facilities are available at park campground.

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