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Emerald Bay State Park

Contact Information

(530) 525-7232

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 18 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 18 Feet

Park Hours

The park is open from sunrise to sunset. Please call the park for the current visitor center hours.

Driving Directions to Emerald Bay SP

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.
Fannette Island is located in the bay on the west shore of Lake Tahoe.
The Boat Camp is on the north side of Emerald Bay, about 1/2 mile east of Fannette Island located in the bay on the west shore of Lake Tahoe, at the site of the old Emerald Bay Resort.

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Camping and Lodging

Online reservations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reservations can be made 7 months in advance on the first day of the month beginning at 8:00 a.m. PST via the website, by mail, or by calling the toll free telephone number at 1-800-444-7275. Due to seasonal volume, access to the ReserveAmerica website and the telephone line may at times be limited.

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Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

Repair Notice

Eagle Point Campground at Emerald Bay State Park will be CLOSED for repairs for all of Summer 2015.

The summer Boat-in campground at Emerald Bay is CLOSED for the season. 

If you would like to make SUMMER reservations for BOAT-IN, please contact Reserve America at or 800-444-PARK (7275).  Due to the popularity of the Boat-in campground, arriving without reservations is not recommended.

For additional information, you may call (530) 525-7232.

Picture of Emerald Bay


The park is located 12 miles north of South Lake Tahoe.

Vikingsholm can be reached by parking in the Vikingshom parking lot by Highway 89 at Emerald Bay.  Access to lower Vikingsholm is via a steep one mile trail that drops 500 feet in elevation to the house.   WARNING:  Visitors with medical conditions or mobility issues should not attempt this hike.  THERE ARE NO RIDES OUT. 

Fannette Island is located in the bay on the west shore of Lake Tahoe.

Dogs are not allowed on any trails or roads into Emerald Bay, nor on the beachDogs are only allowed in the campground and must be on a 6' leash.  Dog regulations are enforced year-round.

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. The boat-in campground will be open on May 22nd on a first come first served basis. The campground will be on reservations on June 12th.  Sites are $35 per night. Reservations may be made at
Overnight parking at the Vikingsholm Parking lot and the D.L. Bliss State Park Beach area is strictly prohibited.  Boat campers with reservations may launch at D.L. Bliss and may park their vehicle overnight in the Balancing Rock overflow parking lot with a valid camping receipt displayed.

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. 

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 through 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: In the winter, 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 from Oct - May. Restrooms are available year-round at the bottom. Round-trip to Vikingsholm and back is 2 miles with 400 feet elevation gain.

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. This service is offered during Vikingsholm tour season: Memorial Day weekend - September.

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 unless food is being prepared or eaten. The inside dimensions of the food lockers are 36" deep, 43" wide, and 22" high. Violators will be cited.

Available Activities and Facilities at Emerald Bay State Park

Family Campsites
Boat-in/Floating Camps
RV Access
Hiking Trails
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
Beach Area
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Restrooms / Showers
Outdoor Showers
Drinking Water Available