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.For travelers who use our world travel planner, Fallen Leaf holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Emerald Bay State Park and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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 1,533-acre (620 ha) 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 40 °F (4 °C) at night to mid-70 °F (21 °C) during the day, and during the winter visitors will usually experience temperatures between 20 and 40 °F (−7 and 4 °C). During harsh winters the bay freezes over. The bay is about 1.7 miles (2.7 km) in length, and about two-thirds of a mile (1 km) wide at its widest point.
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Spectacular! Best views in the Lake Tahoe area. We enjoyed the trails to the waterfalls and the scenery. Parking was a little challenging but only had to wait 5 minutes.
Spectacular! Best views in the Lake Tahoe area. We enjoyed the trails to the waterfalls and the scenery. Parking was a little challenging but only had to wait 5 minutes. more »
Now, Emerald Bay is WONDERFUL. It has clear, pristine waters, and glittering golden sand. Literally. There are specks of golden glitter in the sand! Emerald Bay is beautiful, but it took me and my...
Now, Emerald Bay is WONDERFUL. It has clear, pristine waters, and glittering golden sand. Literally. There are specks of golden glitter in the sand! Emerald Bay is beautiful, but it took me and my... more »
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