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  • Address: 7360 West Lake Boulevard
  • Hours: Open daily
  • Admission: Free

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Emerald Bay State Park

One of the must-see sights on a visit to Lake Tahoe is Emerald Bay State Park. Carved out by glaciers millions of years ago, the lake displays a stunning array of colors, especially just before the sun slips below the mountains, when the bay’s colors really peak. In the center of the bay sits Fannette Island, which gives the bay a jewel-like shape, best seen from Emerald Bay lookout – a view not to be missed. Emerald Bay is also one of the first underwater parks, protecting the various boats, barges, and other items on the bay's bottom.

Emerald Bay State Park is also home to Vikingsholm, a 38-room mansion that is one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the United States. The roof of the mansion is made of sod and sprouts wildflowers in the spring. The mansion is just a short hike downhill from the lookout. Another highlight of the park is Eagle Falls, which is a short hike from the Eagle Falls picnic area. From here, you can hike to Eagle Lake, where you can dive and swim into the cool, blue, alpine water.

Practical Info

Emerald Bay State Park is located 22 miles (35 kilometers) south of Lake Tahoe. To get to the park, take Highway 89 to the southwest shore of the lake. You can pick up trail maps from the Lake Tahoe Visitor Center in summer or from the park’s headquarters in South Lake Tahoe year round. Summer is the best time to visit, as temperatures are fairly mild. In winter, however, temperatures often remain below freezing.

Tours & Tickets

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Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay Cruise on M.S. Dixie II

4.5 star rating: Recommended 109 Reviews

Take a 2-hour sightseeing cruise on the M.S. Dixie II around magnificent Lake Tahoe to savor the wonders of this picturesque area. Discover breathtaking views ...  Read more

Location: Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.00

M.S Dixie II Sunset Dinner Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 106 Reviews

A delightful combination of dining, dancing and sightseeing make for an unforgettable evening on beautiful Lake Tahoe. Watch the sun go down over Lake Tahoe ...  Read more

Location: Lake Tahoe
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.00

Lake Tahoe Semi-Private Photography Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 41 Reviews

This semi-private photography tour offers a myriad of photo opportunities of stunningly beautiful Lake Tahoe and the snow capped mountains of the Sierra ...  Read more

Location: Lake Tahoe
Duration: Varies

From USD $149.00

Emerald Bay Helicopter Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 28 Reviews

Never been up in a helicopter before? Well, this is the perfect introduction! Your 10 minute flight takes you up and over the beautiful Emerald Bay, high over ...  Read more

Location: Lake Tahoe
Duration: 10 minutes

From USD $80.00

Lake Tahoe Helicopter Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Savor views of beautiful Lake Tahoe from an unbeatable vantage point -- on a helicopter tour! Savor the unspoiled beauty of remote beaches and the majestic ...  Read more

Location: Lake Tahoe
Duration: Varies

From USD $230.00

South Shore Helicopter Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

Up, up and away! Take to the skies for a spectacular 20 minute flight over Lake Tahoe's South Shore. Look for the boats dotting the lake beneath you, the ...  Read more

Location: Lake Tahoe
Duration: 20 minutes

From USD $155.00

Emerald Bay Jet Ski Tour from South Lake Tahoe

3 star rating: Worth doing 1 Reviews

Ride from South Lake Tahoe to Emerald Bay by Jet Ski on this 2-hour morning tour! Enjoy speeding across the lake before it gets too crowded and choppy, ...  Read more

Location: Lake Tahoe, California
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $195.75

Sunset Helicopter Flight

After a day on the slopes or out on the lake, enjoy a unique experience with this sunset helicopter tour over Lake Tahoe! Soak in stunning views of the sun ...  Read more

Location: Lake Tahoe
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $400.00

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