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Emerald Bay State Park

Hwy 89, CA 96145
+1 530-541-3030
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This spectacular bay in Lake Tahoe is best approached by hiking trails.
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  • Very good14%
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Hwy 89, CA 96145
+1 530-541-3030
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Reviewed yesterday

Visited with two families, and had a nice hike down where we relaxed, and found the lower falls. Definitely worth the stop, even if we had to park along the road and walk 1/2-mile (expect to in the siummer).

Thank Edward V
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Amazing view, we had a great time just walking to different points, and checking out all the amazing views. Enjoy and have fun

Thank havingfuntraveling
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

So worth the mile back up. Parking is stupid and CA need to think about a strategy for more parking but the bay, the hike, the view was worth the pain of going back up. We did the hike to bottom and hike to the...More

Thank Tahirih C C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were in Lake Tahoe for 3 days and came here twice. First time we hiked up to the top of Eagle falls and the second time we walked down to the bay and hired a kayak as well as doing the short hike to...More

1  Thank Eelizzybeth
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful ride along the west side of the lake, a must see while in Tahoe. It's beautiful to Boat in the bay too!

Thank 416sheilac
Reviewed 1 week ago

We drove along the lake road and stopped at the Emerald Bay vista point high above the water. I did this about 10 years ago and forgot what a beautiful spot it is. Make sure to pull over and get out of the car to...More

1  Thank Holly K
Reviewed 1 week ago

We didn't camp here or stay long. This was a stop along our drive around Lake Tahoe. I would love to spend more time here in the future. This is absolutely gorgeous...even if you just stop in for a quick visit...it is worth it! Stunning...More

1  Thank Denise H
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I rented a double seated kayak at Camp Richardson (highly recommended) and paddled to Nanette island for lunch. This was a great trip. It took about 4 hrs and was a bit tough, but we aren't seasoned kayakers. The island is closed...More

Thank rbholder
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the best vantage point to look down on Emerald Bay and Fannette island. This is also where the trail down to Vikingsholm starts. The parking lot (fee) is larger than at Inspiration Point, but nevertheless, you'll most likely find it full if you...More

Thank Esty666
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We rented a boat with a group of friends from Lakeside Marina for the afternoon on July 4th weekend, and went straight to Emerald Bay. Easily the highlight of the trip. The weather was warm and the water not too cold. There were dozens of...More

3  Thank Guymontague
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20 July 2017|
Response from Tahirih C C | Reviewed this property |
Yes there are evening cruises. However, we went through Emerald State Park last weekend and it was open. If I had to guess the issue is the parking lot holds 30 cars and there are hundreds of people parking in the roadside... More
Heather L
5 July 2017|
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Response from CeeCeeAtl | Reviewed this property |
We were there 2 weeks ago and there were a lot of folks in the water. However,I would not have tried to swim--just walk on the shore and get splashed is enough.
Armando R
4 May 2017|
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Response from PaulBPCA | Reviewed this property |
There is plenty to do at Tahoe! Emerald Bay is my favorite part of the lake, and there are plenty of fantastic hikes you can do in that area. Eagle Lake, Cascade Falls, and Vikingsholm are my 3 favorite moderate hikes... More