Emerald Bay SP

State Park

Repair Notice

Eagle Point Campground at Emerald Bay State Park will be CLOSED for repairs for all of Summer 2014 and likely will be CLOSED for the Summer 2015 camping season as well. 

The Boat-in campground at Emerald Bay is NOT affected by this closure.  If you would like to make reservations for BOAT-IN CAMPING ONLY, please contact Reserve America at reserveamerica.com or 800-444-PARK (7275). 

For additional information, you may call (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.

Emerald Bay State Park includes 2 campgrounds: Boat-In Camp (accessible by boat or foot only) and Eagle Point Campground (closed until 2015). The scenic Rubicon foot trail wraps around Emerald Bay, with trailheads at Eagle Point campground, Vikingsholm, and DL Bliss State Park. 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.

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. 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.

Visitors to Emerald Bay State Park enjoy hiking, swimming, kayaking, scuba diving, boating, sightseening and touring Vikingsholm in the summer months.

Visitors are welcome to hike down to Vikingsholm any time of year, but please be aware: Snow and ice can lead to hazardous conditions. Before deciding to hike in the snow, consider if you have appropriate footwear, clothing, food and water supply, and stamina level. Cell phones may not have reception. There are no services or drinking water. Restrooms are available year-round at the bottom. Round-trip to Vikingsholm and back is 2 miles with 400 feet elevation gain.

Picture of Emerald Bay


The park is located 22 miles south of Tahoe City.

Vikingsholm can be reached by parking in the Vikingshom 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.

·Park Information

  • Hours of Operation:

    Visitor Center Hours
    The Visitor Center is closed for the season and will reopen Memorial Day Weekend 2014.

  • Park Office Telephone:

    (530) 541-3030

  • Region

    High Sierra


    El Dorado

  • Max Camper Length:

    18 Feet

    Max Trailer Length

    18 Feet

  • Purchase Annual Passes


530-541-3030, summer (campground)
530-541-6498, summer (visitor center)

Historic House Tour Operations

Tours of Vikinsholm have ended for the season and will resume Memorial Day weekend 2014.

Tour Fees
Adults $10/person
Children 7-17 years $8
Children 7 and under: Free

For information contact the Sierra State Parks Foundation at 530-583-9911 or info@sierrastateparks.org