Emerald Bay State Park Travel Guide

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    by Yaqui
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    by Yaqui
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Emerald Bay State Park Things to Do

  • Inspiration Point Vista

    As we were rediscovering beautiful Lake Tahoe by driving all around it and stopping here and there taking in the beautiful vistas, we came across this pull off called Inspiration Point Vista. Wow, the views from this area was wonderful and also provided us a rest area to stretch our legs and learn a thing a two. It was from this vista that we saw a...

  • Emerald Bay Boat Camp

    Visitors using the Boat Camp facilities must be registered and pay the required fees. There is a self- registration station on the shore near the dock. The dock is for loading and unloading only, and there is a 15 day camping limit.The Boat Camp is on the north side of Emerald Bay, about 1/2 mile east of Fannette Island located in the bay on the...

  • Emerald Bay Beach

    There are safe areas you can swim at D.L. Bliss State Park in the Lester and Calawee Cove beaches. Although there are other areas near some of the piers, but be aware these areas have sharp rocky floors.

  • Paddle Boat Cruises

    M.S. Dixie II is a 570-passenger and the largest cruising vessel on Lake Tahoe. We were all excited to take the cruise and were not dissapointed. The weather was cool, but we dressed accordingly and just enjoyed the beautiful lake. Our host was Darin Talbot, "The voice of Lake Tahoe" was educational with so many wonderful facts and stories. He is a...

  • Fannette Island - Tea House Island

    Named Fannette Island by Mrs. Knight is the only island in Lake Tahoe and rises 150 feet above the water and is home of breeding Canadian Geese who nest here From February 1 through June 15 so the island is closed to all visitors. Fannette Island has been called many names until Mrs. Knight moved it. It has been called Coquette Island, Baranoff...

  • Vikingsholm Castle

    Emerald Bay State Park is where the Vikingsholm’s Castle is located. Mrs. Lora J. Knight of Santa Barbara purchased this isolated site in 1928. She enlisted her nephew Lennart Palm a Swedish born architect to design her a home among the gorgeous pine trees at the head of the bay.As you can see, it has the definite look of ancient Scandinavia. The...


Emerald Bay State Park Transportation

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    Drive Around Entire Lake

    by mcpangie Updated May 2, 2004

    Emerald Bay is on SR 89, a windy, curvy road that follows Lake Tahoe from South Lake Tahoe to Tahoe City. There are plenty of 10 MPH hairpin turns, and even a spot where you drive across a ridge and on both sides there isn't anything but DOWN! Eeee! I would have taken a picture for you, but I had my hands busy on the steering wheel.

    From that ridge you can see Fallen Leaf Lake... so I drove there. Mostly a lot of residences, nothing public like a park that I saw. The small road wound through pretty mountain meadows and forests, and the lake is pretty... but no place to stop once you get there.

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Emerald Bay State Park Warnings and Dangers

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    Lake Tahoe Marine Police

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 25, 2009

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    I believe this was part of the Douglas County Sheriff department.
    Emergency Dispatch: (775) 782-9911
    VHF Radio Channels Monitored: 16, 22 (10 AM - 6 PM, Wednesday through Sunday, Memorial Day to July 31st)
    VHF Marine Radio Handle: Marine 7
    Jurisdiction: Southeast corner of lake, Stateline north to Glenbrook

    If your incline to venture on a boat or your planning to rent one, keep in mind of your safety and the safety of others be sure to wear your life preserver and make sure the little ones are fitting properly.

    •South end of lake:
    Vessel Assist VHF Channel 16 or (530) 544-4522
    High Sierra Marine VHF Channel 16 or (530) 581-2628
    Tahoe Keys Marina (530) 541-2155

    •North end of lake:
    Vessel Assist VHF Channel 16 or (775) 832-0139
    High Sierra Marine VHF Channel 16 or (530) 581-2628
    North Tahoe Marina VHF Channel 16 or (530) 546-8248
    Sierra Boat Company VHF Channel 16 or (530) 546-2551

    Information taken from The Complete Guide to Boating

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Emerald Bay State Park Favorites

  • Not Open May 1!

    I didn't expect the park to be open yet, but I wasn't there to go into the visitors center. The lake is open 24-7, and so is the trail. It's just the constructs of man that have business hours, or tourists seans. Well, and the road that you can see in this picture is closed in the winter. But as you can see from this picture, the winter wonderland...

  • The View From Eagle Falls

    Above Emerald Bay, one of the places to stop is at Eagle Falls where you can see the view from the stream there. If you're willing to climb around on the rocks you can see parts of the top of the water fall close up... You can't see all the way over the falls unless you are willing to climb all the way down to the last of the big smooth rocks......

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