Emerald Bay State Park

Emerald Bay State Park which includes landscape views, forests and general coastal views
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This scenic inlet offers a beautiful beach, island, waterfalls, wreck dives, heritage sites and campgrounds with views over the crystal-clear waters of Lake Tahoe.

Declared a National Natural Landmark in 1969, Emerald Bay is surrounded by snow-capped peaks that are a stark contrast to the cobalt-blue water of the lake. It’s no wonder that photographers, hikers and other nature lovers flock here year-round. Emerald Bay is located 22 miles (35 kilometers) south of Tahoe City. It’s the only inlet in the lake, and home to Lake Tahoe’s only island: Fannette Island. Accessible by boat or kayak, Fannette was home to whiskey-loving Captain Dick Barter, nicknamed the “Hermit of Emerald Bay.” He built his own tomb on the land, but it never became his final resting place, because his boat sank in a storm, and he was never seen again.Hike to the Lower Eagle Falls near the lake’s edge or explore one of the other trails further inland. There’s a short one-mile (1.6-kilometer) trail that leads you to a stunning beach at the mouth of Eagle Creek. It fills up with boats in summer, so get there before the crowds. It’s not uncommon to spot Californian black bears, among other native animals, on some of the hiking trails.For a cultural experience, take another one-mile (1.6-kilometer) trail to Vikingsholm, a Scandinavian-style mansion built in 1929. The elaborate house was built as a summer home for an heiress. Pay for a guided tour to learn about its design and its wealthy owner. You can still see the ruins of her Tea House on Fannette Island. Scuba divers can jump into the lake and explore the underwater world off Lester Beach or pay for a boat trip to dive shipwreck sites. This is a designated Underwater Park, so leave all artifacts in place.Emerald Bay is easily accessible by car and has a shuttle service from Tahoe City. The waterfront and sheltered campsites for summer stays have bear-resistant food lockers. There is a visitor center, and parking along the bay is paid. The island is closed to the public from February to mid-June. The falls dry up in summer.

Top Hotels Close to Emerald Bay State Park

Motel 6 South Lake Tahoe, CA
Motel 6 South Lake Tahoe, CA
2 out of 5
2375 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
The price is $49 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2
$49
per night
Dec 1 - Dec 2
Stay at this hotel in South Lake Tahoe. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
3.3/5 (1,001 reviews)
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Reviewed on Nov 6, 2022

Motel 6 South Lake Tahoe, CA
Fireside Lodge
Fireside Lodge
3 out of 5
515 Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
The price is $186 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2
$186
per night
Dec 1 - Dec 2
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly cabin in South Lake Tahoe. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (105 reviews)
"Great for a trip with the dogs! Super close to get downtown but very little traffic on a closed street with direct access to the bike path where the dogs had a blast. We got snowed in and the fireplace kept us toasty and satellite TV had movies galore. We will stay here again when we visit friends ..."

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2022

Fireside Lodge
Emerald Bay Lodge
Emerald Bay Lodge
3.5 out of 5
735 Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $123 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5
$123
per night
Dec 4 - Dec 5
Stay at this 3.5-star beach lodge in South Lake Tahoe. Enjoy free WiFi, a fireplace in the lobby, and a picnic area. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
3.1/5 (128 reviews)
"The shower was tiny, not big enough for a full size adult. Heater was falling off the wall. No attendant on site, except for construction crew member."

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2022

Emerald Bay Lodge
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Motel 6 South Lake Tahoe, CA
Motel 6 South Lake Tahoe, CA
2 out of 5
2375 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
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Fireside Lodge
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3 out of 5
515 Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
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3.5 out of 5
735 Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
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PlayPark Lodge
PlayPark Lodge
2.5 out of 5
1184 Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
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Apex Inn
Apex Inn
2 out of 5
1171 Emerald Bay Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
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Emerald Bay Village
Emerald Bay Village
3 out of 5
1220 Emerald Bay Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
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High Country Lodge
High Country Lodge
2 out of 5
1227 Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
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Tahoe Valley Campground
Tahoe Valley Campground
2 out of 5
1175 Melba Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
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Cedar Pines Resort
Cedar Pines Resort
3 out of 5
1234 Melba Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
Cedar Pines Resort
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