Spend a day relaxing at Emerald Bay

Tom’s Experience visiting Emerald Bay:

Emerald Bay is a National Natural Landmark that includes Eagle Falls, Fannette Island and Vikingsholm Castle. This area has been called one of the most photographed places on earth since it has such diverse beautiful scenery.

Emerald Bay Lake Tahoe

There are only two ways to get to the beaches at Emerald Bay, by boat, or by hiking 1 mile one-way with a 450 foot elevation change down to the beach. The hike is on a dirt road and can be very hot. There is a pier that you can jump off of and a sandy beach area for swimming. The sand is a little rocky so beach shoes are a good idea.

Emerald Bay State Park

Emerald Bay has also been designated as an Underwater State Park and there is plenty for scuba divers to explore under the water. There is a fee to park in the main parking for Emerald Bay and parking is very limited so come early. Dogs are not allowed at Emerald Bay. There are also kayak and other rentals on the beach if you would like to get something to try to make it out to Fannette Island.

Tom’s Rating:

Trail Info: The Emerald Bay parking is well marked by the side of the road off of highway 89. There is a fee to park. The trail down to the beach and pier is well marked and often very crowded.

GPS:

Emerald Bay Parking:     38.954378,-120.110307

Emerald Bay Beach:    38.952305,-120.106224

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