Emerald Bay is a short drive from South Lake Tahoe and can be accessed via Highway 89. It is the only inlet on the lake and is home to Lake Tahoe’s only island, Fannette Island. Emerald Bay is located within Emerald Bay State Park, just south of D.L. Bliss State Park, and spans 1,533 acres.
How do you get to Emerald Bay from Lake Tahoe?
Emerald Bay’s spectacular beaches are accessed via the Rubicon Hiking Trail or by boat. Parking for the trail is located at Eagle Point Campground to the south, DL Bliss State Park to the north, and the Vikingsholm Parking Lot on the west end of Emerald Bay.
How long is the walk to Emerald Bay?
The hike to Emerald Point is an absolute dream. The trail contours the north side of picturesque Emerald Bay, it’s relatively short at 5-6 miles (out-and-back), there’s only about 500 feet of total elevation gain to negotiate, and access to the trailhead is simple.
Is there public access to Emerald Bay?
Emerald Bay is the only private beach in all of California with no public access.
Can you hike Emerald Bay?
Emerald Bay State Park is a great park to kayak, SUP, boat, and hike. Dogs are allowed in the park, but they are not allowed on trails, sandy beaches, or in the Vikingsholm area. The park is open sunrise to sunset. Fees for parking are $5 per vehicle for the day, or $2 per vehicle for 1 hour (winter rate).
How deep is Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe?
The four dive sites of the Emerald Bay State Park Maritime Heritage Trail at Lake Tahoe range in depth from 10 to 60 feet. Park visitor divers are invited to explore and enjoy the trail and are reminded to use caution and adhere to safe diving practices at all times.
Can you swim in Emerald Bay?
Swimmers can jump off the pier or head to the south side of Eagle Creek where there is a large shallow area, sandy beach and roped in swimming area. … Explore Emerald Bay up close by kayak, canoe, jet skis or boat.
Where can I find the Emerald Bay?
Inspiration Point offers paved walkways and towers a whopping 600 feet above Lake Tahoe’s Emerald Bay. Fannette Island, located right in the middle of Emerald Bay, is home to Mrs. Knight’s teahouse. The stone structure sits on the island and offers a 360-degree view of Emerald Bay in all its glory.
Where do you park to hike the Emerald Bay?
Visiting Emerald Bay State Park
The only way in and out of the state park is at either the Vikingsholm parking lot or the Desolation Wilderness trailhead on the opposite side of the highway. Parking fees are $10 no matter when you are visiting.
How do I get to Emerald Bay?
There is no vehicle access to the lakeshore of Emerald Bay or Vikingsholm. Visitors walk to the lake from the Vikingsholm Parking Lot (1 mile walk) or via the Rubicon Trail. Some visitors arrive by kayak or private boat. Emerald Bay was designated an underwater state park in 1994.
Is Emerald Bay open in winter?
Re: Highway 89 at Emerald Bay closed all winter? No, Hwy 89 around Emerald Bay is not closed all winter. The skies are starting to clear out and so are the storms.