Emerald Bay SP
The Boat in Campsites will open July 1, 2013 and remain open until Labor Day.
Vikingsholm and the Rubicon trail will open as normal on Memorial Day weekend and remain open until the end of September weather permitting.
For additional information contact the Lake Tahoe State Park Office at 530-525-7232
In 1969, Emerald Bay was designated a National Natural Landmark for its brilliant panorama of mountain-building processes and glacier carved granite.
The natural beauty, geology and history of this unique island make it one of the highlights of any visit to the Lake Tahoe area.
The park features Vikingsholm, one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the western hemisphere and the "Tea House" on Fannette Island, the only island to be found in all of Lake Tahoe.
Emerald Bay was designated an underwater state park in 1994. It is the resting place for many boats, launches and barges used in the lake before the turn of the century, during the heyday of Emerald Bay Resort and used in the construction of Vikingsholm.
The park is located 22 miles south of Tahoe City.
Vikingsholm can be reached by parking in the Harvey West parking lot by Highway 89 at Emerald Bay. Take the trail, which is one mile in length and drops 500 feet in elevation to the house. Dogs are not allowed on any trails into Emerald Bay, nor on the beach.
Fannette Island is located in the bay on the west shore of Lake Tahoe.
The Boat-In Campground is located on the north side of Emerald Bay, at the site of the old Emerald Bay Resort. Buoys are available, and camping takes place on land in the lakefront campsites. Boat Camp is open in summer only.
Summer temperatures range from about 75 degrees during the day to the low 40s at night, and winter temperatures average from a high of 40 to a low of 20 degrees; during extremely cold winters Emerald Bay freezes over. Eagle Point Campground and Boat Camp are closed in winter. They are generally open from late May or early June through Labor Day. Please call for specific dates.
Vikingsholm Accessibile Information
For people who have a valid ADA placard, special arrangements are necessary to reach the Vikingsholm area which is located down a very steep gravel road that is not open to private vehicles. Call (530) 525-9529 to check on the availability of shuttle service to escort people with mobility disabilities to Vikingsholm area. Reservations for this service must be made at least 24 hours in advance.
Food Storage Locker Information
Metal bear-resistant food lockers are provided in each campsite. All food, beverages, and tolietries are required by law to be stored in provided food lockers. The inside dimensions of the food lockers are 36" deep, 43" wide, and 22" high. Violators will be cited.
- Hours of Operation:
Visitor Center Hours
Main Season: The doors will open for visitors and remain open daily a half hour before the first tour of the day and a half hour after the last tours begins.
Shoulder Season: The doors will remain open for visitors, on the weekends and at Vikingsholm the same hours as above. The Sugar Pine Visitor Center will be open Monday-Friday 11am-4pm.
- Park Office Telephone:
- Available Online Reservation:
Upcoming Weekend: NO
Within 2 Weeks: NOUpdated: 5/22/2013 9:07 PM
Max Camper Length:
18 FeetMax Trailer Length
530-541-3030, summer (campground)
530-541-6498, summer (visitor center)
Historic House Tour Operations
Tours Daily May 25-September 30, 2013
June 15-September 2: Tour hours are 10:30am-4pm every 30 minutes
May 25-June 14 and September 3-30: Tour hours are 11am-4pm on the hour
Children 7-17 years $8
Children 6 and under: Free
For information contact the Sierra State Parks Foundation at 530-583-9911 or firstname.lastname@example.org