Emerald Bay State Park

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

Map / Directions 10Best Says

Emerald Bay is one of Lake Tahoe's most photographed and popular locations. The state park on the southwest area of Lake Tahoe is home to park is home to Eagle Falls and Vikingsholm, a 38-room mansion...  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 Romantic Things to Do Because: Hiking around Emerald Bay is one of the best ways to see the south part of the lake.
  • 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.
  • Best for Sightseeing Because: The best view on the lake! Emerald Bay is the only place on the lake with an island.
  • Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: Emerald Bay is the most visited part of the lake for good reason.
  • Best for Things to Do with Kids Because: Emerald Bay is perfect for families who love hiking and the outdoors.
  • Best for Beaches Because: A mile hike down to the water will bring you to the Bay's pretty beach

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