Emerald Bay State Park, Lake Tahoe (California)

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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.
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 1533acre 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 40F at night to mid-70F during the day, and during the winter visitors will usually experience temperatures between 20and. During harsh winters the bay freezes over. The bay is about 1.7mi in length, and about two-thirds of a mile (1 km) wide at its widest point.
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  • What a view this park has from the top. Definitely memory making point. Pictures taken here are worth of enlarging and cherishing the memory.Local people say that lake Tahoe has only 2 seasons i.e win...  more »
  • Drove up to Emerald Bay before a big storm hit and wasn't sure what to expect. It is truly a beautiful place. Even in the winter fog it was beautiful and peaceful.  more »
  • Excellent view of the lake and the still water provide a breathtaking view.. the whole place looks fantastic during winter with the snow covered mountains and the winding roads. The place maybe slippery if you wear normal shoes. So be careful while walking up to the view point.
  • Definitely worth a visit. One of the most beautiful places to visit in winter with snow covered mountains all around. Beautiful scenery and a beautiful drive to this location. The emerald blue water of the bay surrounded by snowy hills was a feast for the eyes.The view is stunning, breathtaking and will leave you speechless! Amazing scenery, but super crazy crowded. Go early morning as its very crowded during the day and parking almost impossible.

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