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Emerald Bay State Park

Address: Hwy 89, CA 96145
Phone Number: 530-541-3030
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Emerald Bay Helicopter Tour
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Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Motor-boating, Camping, Hiking
Owner description: This spectacular bay in Lake Tahoe is best approached by hiking...
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Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Motor-boating, Camping, Hiking
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: This spectacular bay in Lake Tahoe is best approached by hiking trails.
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Los Angeles, California
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140 reviews 140 reviews
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127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

On my first visit to Lake Tahoe in 1972, I hiked from the highway down to the water's edge of Emerald Bay. The return trip was exhausting for someone who was only 28 years old, but totally out of shape. Thus, Emerald Bay is special to me. The vistas overlooking Emerald Bay provide perhaps the best views of anywhere on... More 

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La Verne, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Crowded along roads and turnouts and trails. Best to visit via kayak from nearby beaches. Taking photos requires patience and civility with so many people and a generic inability to efficiently use digital cameras.

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Chicago, Illinois
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

After an exciting ride from Stateline here on winding mountain roads, the view from here is one of the best in the world. Plan on spending some time to look around, take a trial to the falls or down to the lake. This is just nature in its all....

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Sydney Australia
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317 helpful votes 317 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Can only imagine what the Bay SP would be like in Spring or Summer for hiking & walking but still saw enough of it's rugged beauty in Winter to know it is a special place to be enjoyed. We were lucky enough to be the only souls at that time and the serenity and peacefulness of the area was actually... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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16 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Emerald Bay is a very marvelous spot. There are nice viewpoints where you can look down on Emerald Bay. A nice hiking trail nearby as well. Some spots are free of charge, others charge a fee.

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Sacramento, California
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Beautiful area to see whether on the road and stopping to look down and best seen by the Tahoe Queen or other paddlewheel to go around the area and island.

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

We enjoyed going to Vikingsholm at Emerald Bay State Park, While it is an easier walk down than coming back up, its a fun thing to do while in the Lake Tahoe area. The mountain and lake views in this area are amazing.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014 via mobile

Went to South Lake Tahoe in the first week of Nov. Was extremely fortunate to experience the sights of emerald lake under 2 very different weather conditions : snow on one day and bright sunshine the next. Worth the drive up to the vantage point. Will recommend this to anyone visiting Lake Tahoe

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Once you have visited, and seen the Emerald Lake at Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada; this lake will actually be somewhat disappointing. There is absolutely no comparison, and Emerald Lake in Canada; which is surrounded by nine peaks, over 12,000 feet in elevation, just add to this areas natural beauty!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014 via mobile

We were in South Lake Tahoe during the early part of November which is still considered the off season. The hike down to Emerald Bay was phenomenal! We were blessed with the sound of little streams and waterfalls the entire hike. Vikingsholm Castle was closed and we did not get to tour it, although you can still walk around it... More 

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