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Emerald Bay State Park

Hwy 89, CA 96145
+1 530-541-3030
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This spectacular bay in Lake Tahoe is best approached by hiking trails.
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Hwy 89, CA 96145
+1 530-541-3030
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Wonderfull views of the lake and bay. Weekends are crowded but worth the time. We enjoyed the views.

Thank samram772016
Reviewed 6 days ago

On a visit from England. Staying for a couple of days in South Lake Tahoe and came round to Emerald Bay. Not easy to park but well worth the effort. Such a beautiful spot on a lovely day in early September. Quite breathtaking really.

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Thank Martin C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Only a short drive from South Lake Tahoe, and it's a world away. The one mile path down to the lake and Vikingsholm Mansion is well worth the time and effort. The little museum offers good information, and there is a short video too. Additionally,...More

Thank BrianKSanDiego
Reviewed 1 week ago

One if by Land - Two if By Car Each year, we drive around Lake Tahoe for breathtaking vistas. Thre are a few really great spots for photos of The Island. Check mine out.

1  Thank Kerry D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Take the time to hike down to the water and tour the house. The photo opportunities are endless. Stop off the highway on the way back to South Lake Tahoe and get the iconic overlook pictures!

Thank worldtravel1936
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This spot is so magnificent that Kodak had rated it one of the top photographed spots in the U S.. When you get here, you will understand why. Lake Tahoe is a gorgeous 72 mile trip around the lake and that could take an entire...More

Thank ohgeorgeo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went on the Rum Runner Cruise and it was wonderful! The area is just beautiful and pristine. The boat captain and 1st mate were great and very informative. (the rum runner drinks were very good). I would recommend this side trip to everyone, and will...More

Thank Karen J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Emerald Bay is such a beautiful place. And to think it is only 2 hours from where I live. We love bringing our company here to enjoy show it off. Anyone we bring to Emerald Bay finds it's beauty unbelievable! A must see!!

Thank Lokelani-CA
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Emerald Bay after going to a Museum. We ended up renting Kayaks and going out to the small island where the old Tea House is located. The Bay is COLD but very beautiful.

Thank kazcass
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Emerald bay is a wonderful place. We were here on two different occasions, first we hiked from D.L. Bliss state park to Emerald Bay via the Rubicon trail, this is an easy trail although it can be long if you walk back to your car...More

1  Thank Eduardo P
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3 August 2017|
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Response from Lisa S | Reviewed this property |
The lake water is cold. The weather at Lake Tahoe has been in the 80's BUT if you are on the lake and it gets windy it can become quite cold. We took a boat ride and it was 85 degrees but the wind kicked up and became very... More
26 July 2017|
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20 July 2017|
Response from Tahirih C C | Reviewed this property |
Yes there are evening cruises. However, we went through Emerald State Park last weekend and it was open. If I had to guess the issue is the parking lot holds 30 cars and there are hundreds of people parking in the roadside... More