Emerald Bay State Park

Type: Active, Adventure, Great Views, Historic Sites, Parks, Recreational Facilities, Scuba Diving and Snorkeling, Sightseeing, Water Sports

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Emerald Bay State Park on the southwest area of Lake Tahoe is home to park is home to Eagle Falls and Vikingsholm, a 38-room mansion that is one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in...  Read More


Map / Directions Hours:

  • May-mid Jun: Sat-Sun
  • Mid Jun-Sep: Daily 10am-4pm

Map / Directions Admissions:

  • Day Use
    Entry Per Vehicle
    Camping Fees $20 - $25
    Boat Access $11 - $15

  • Best for Beaches Because: A mile hike down to the water will bring you to Emerald Bay's beautiful beach
  • Best for Sightseeing Because: No trip to Lake Tahoe is complete without a stop at Emerald Bay. You can spend an entire day here hiking and swimming.
  • Best for Things to Do with Kids Because: Emerald Bay is perfect for families who love hiking and the outdoors.
  • Best for Free Things to Do Because: You can hike along the Rubicon Trail to reach various parts of Emerald Bay.
  • Best for Parks Because: The most popular state park at the lake, Emerald Bay has hiking, sightseeing, kayaking and camping in one place.
  • Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: Emerald Bay is the most visited part of the lake for good reason.


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