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Emerald Bay State Park: Tours & Tickets

Opens in 12 min: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Open today: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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This spectacular bay in Lake Tahoe is best approached by hiking trails.
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Hwy 89 at Emerald Bay, The park is located 12 miles north of South Lake Tahoe, CA 96145
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There was a very narrow beach, so no swimming for us. Shadowed picnic area. Good food by lake. Enjoyed the boat trip.

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank Anna D
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is probably the neatest part of the entire 72 mile drive around Lake Tahoe. Inspiration Point has fantastic views and the mile or so hike to Vikingsholm built in 1929 by a rich heiress was well worth it. The Baldwin and Pope historic estates...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful scenery. Variety of trails, but hiking up from Vikingsholm is definitely a challenge. Worth it, but not for anyone who can’t handle uphill at the end of the day. Get there early o the weekends to get a parking space!

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank markntep
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited on a weekday, mid-morning and it was very crowded. More of a vista than a park. Almost saw a fight break out over a challenge to a parking spot—appeared to be no park supervision. My advice is to make the drive around the lake...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank connib337
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Did a lunch Lake Cruise on the Safari Rose over to Emerald Bay. Absolutely lovely. Beautiful views while parked for an hour for lunch. Great pictures of Vikingsholm and the island tea house. Highly recommend.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Leileirog
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Arriving from the mountainside you have a beautiful view over these blue waters. Even along the bay everything is neat arranged and looks beautiful. Nice place to spend some time!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank flipflop525
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had expected emerald colored waters but maybe late it the day they are dark blue. From our perch high above near the road we could see the island in Emerald Bay that we had toured by cruise boat earlier. I only wish we had...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Kelleygirl2
Reviewed September 9, 2019 via mobile

absolutely stunning- crystal clear water. we parked in one of the camp grounds and had a 2 mile hike down to the bay. the hike was quite sheltered which was a relief in the summer heat. the wildlife and scenery are second to none. would...More

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank natalies669
Reviewed September 3, 2019

Blue Tahoe lake water edging with Emerald at bay really soothing. clear view for miles together. Mountains on one side and water body on other. One can explore trek or water fall. Or simply enjoy nature walk.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank vindac8
Reviewed September 1, 2019

Wonderful views of the bay from the overlooks, as well as from the boat we rented from South Tahoe. We did let the kids swim for a minute off the boat, but were mostly there for the view. The island in the middle can be...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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August 4, 2019|
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Response from mtzennmaster | Reviewed this property |
My recommendation would be to either leave your bikes at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center or perhaps at Tallac Historic Site. I believe both of these locations have bike racks. There is also a wonderful big path from around... More
March 2, 2019|
Response from Ronisa M |
where is the best place to stay on Lake Tahoe and be able to see the lake?