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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 3 days ago via mobile

We absolutely loved the view of Emerald Bay, but my daughter and I ended up enjoying it without my husband and youngest because of how crowded it was. He ended up dropping us off and circling the parking lot until we were finished because there...More

Thank jennygirl05
Reviewed 4 days ago

Visited South Lake Tahoe at the end of October 2016 and drove to Emerald Bay on the evening of one day and for sunrise the following day. A truly beautiful place...the bay itself, Eagle Falls and the surrounding mountains are all stunning, especially as the...More

Thank Mike24300
Reviewed 4 days ago

What a beautiful state park! My husband and I visited around May and were happily surprised that the weather was cooler... We visited this beautiful park, did the hike, and hubby jumped into that 40 degree water! Refreshing, he exclaimed as he went numb! lol...More

Thank ghalya
Reviewed 4 days ago

We went to the Vikingsholm entry point. Get there early parking is tough. We kayaked out of this area. The Bay is Beautiful and worth the effort to get down to Kayak rental area. If you have a hard time hiking uphill this is not...More

Thank soc64
Reviewed 5 days ago

I'll keep this short and sweet. Emerald Bay State Park is absolutely the most beautiful, stunning, awe-inspiring place on earth. If you come to South Lake Tahoe, this needs to be on your list of must-do's. After spending the day hiking and visiting the mini...More

Thank monkeylvr
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We rented a boat on two separate days during our 8 day vacation! Emerald Bay is a gorgeous place to stop and drop anchor. The water is not as cold as we were told! However, we are from Michigan and the Great Lakes rarely warm...More

Thank 926pamelak
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Such a view. We took the trail from the parking next to the to ad down to the shore, with many small falls and huge trees. Going back up hill was a challenge but even 6 year old kid did it. Awasome place, and even...More

1  Thank Yoel S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited on Sunday, 8/6/2017. Due to other reviews, we arrived at Vikingsholm parking lot at 8:00 a.m. (It was about a 20-25 min. drive from Harrah's.) It's $10 per car to park for the day. Unless you're staying at a nearby campground, this is...More

7  Thank Mike P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A visit to Emerald Bay is well worth the hour drive from Truckee. The views are amazing. Parking is full by 9:30am, you can park along the road as long as you are inside the white line. It's a mile hike downhill to the bay...More

Thank asmith6688
Reviewed 1 week ago

We've decided to take public transportation to Emerald Bay from our hotel located at the state line. The bus station is by the gondola and bus # 50 or #53 cost $1 for senior to the Y and then trolley to the Emerald Bay ticket...More

1  Thank Agp124
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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