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Emerald Bay State Park
Emerald Bay State Park

Emerald Bay State Park

Open daily
7360 West Lake Boulevard, Tahoma

The Basics

You can view Emerald Bay from overlooks and hiking trails on land, by air on a helicopter tour, or by water on a Lake Tahoe cruise. All offer different perspectives to take in breathtaking views of the picturesque spot. Sunset is a particularly beautiful time to visit, so book sunset dinner cruises and sunset helicopter tours in advance. Other not-to-be-missed sights include Vikingsholm, a 38-room mansion that is one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the United States, and Eagle Falls, a beautiful waterfall accessible by short hike.

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Emerald Bay Helicopter Tour of Lake Tahoe
Emerald Bay Helicopter Tour of Lake Tahoe
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$110.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
A MUST DO!
Matt did a great job! We loved hearing the history and all the facts. We came from Georgia 90 degree weather so we would like to thank whomever ordered the snow for us in June!!!! We will definitely do it again!!!
cherece_r, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Lake Tahoe

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Absolutely amazing
Melinda_R, Jun 2022
Private Boat Charter Emerald Bay
Our captain Brian was absolutely amazing. He gave us a lot of wonderful information and suggestions of things to do in the area. Breathtaking scenery and the boat was beautiful also. Would absolutely recommend!
star-5
Highly recommend
Andrew_B, Jun 2022
Sunset Wine & Cheese Emerald Bay Boat Charter
Kevin was a great guide! We were even able to stop at Vikingsholm. Highly recommend. Wine was great as well.
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Lake Tahoe boat ride
Ricky_S, Jun 2022
Private Boat Charter Emerald Bay
Lake Tahoe is breathe taking. Our guide Bryan was very nice, knowledgeable historian about the area. We had a great trip.
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Welch’s Adventures 2022
Dana_W, May 2022
Emerald Bay Helicopter Tour of Lake Tahoe
Beautiful helicopter 🚁 ride over Lake Tahoe with a very nice pilot Matt highly recommend if you have the time while visiting !
star-5
Excellent experience
Mohammed_M, May 2022
Emerald Bay Helicopter Tour of Lake Tahoe
Incredible view. Pilot was pleasant and knowledgeable. So glad we decided to do it. More than worth the price
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Bryan’s Red Boat
Denise_S, May 2022
Private Boat Charter Emerald Bay
This boat tour was excellent and was only made better with our Captain Bryan. Absolutely worth every penny. His knowledge of the Lake and the history of it was awesome. He was welcoming and you can tell he absolutely enjoys his job. Our next tour will definitely be 4 hours rather then just 2. You will not be disappointed.
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The view of the lake was...
Amy_G, May 2022
Emerald Bay Helicopter Tour of Lake Tahoe
The view of the lake was beautiful. The pilot was very professional and friendly. I definitely recommend taking the tour.
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Do this trip
Marlene_O, Aug 2021
Emerald Bay Sunset Boat tour in the Grateful Red
This was a family celebration. Worth every penny. Bryan is a great caption and full of interesting Tahoe stories.
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Highly recommend for couples
Denny_B, Aug 2021
Sunset Wine & Cheese Emerald Bay Boat Charter
We loved the trip, beautiful lake and Bryan was entertaining as well. We did for our anniversary. He showed us around Emerald Bay and we got off to look at Vikingsholm.
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Wonderful Mother’s Day Gift
Jason_B, May 2022
Private Boat Charter Emerald Bay
Captain Bryan was very accommodating to deliver a terrific sight-seeing adventure for my mom this Mother’s Day weekend. High winds rolled during the weekend, but he moved our time back so we could still make the trip happen. His knowledge and experience of the lake, boat, and weather all combined made the trip well worth it. Thank you, captain Bryan!
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Tahoe helicopter ride
Kenneth_N, May 2022
Emerald Bay Helicopter Tour of Lake Tahoe
Very professional and a lot of knowledge about the area . The views were spectacular . The wind came up so our tour was different then we had signed up for but still a wonderful experience
star-5
Beautiful
Human_H, Apr 2022
Emerald Bay Helicopter Tour of Lake Tahoe
Amazing views. Lake Tahoe always has a special place for me and seeing it from birds view was incredible. I definitely recommend it.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Emerald Bay is a must-visit for outdoorsy travelers.

  • TheM.S. Dixie II, a historic paddle-wheel boat, departs daily from Zephyr Cove and is wheelchair-accessible.

  • Be sure to dress for the season, especially if heading out onto the water for a boat tour.

  • The park is kid-friendly.

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How to Get There

Lake Tahoe lies on the border of California and Nevada. Emerald Bay is on the California side of the lake, on the western edge of the south shore. To get to the park, take Highway 89 to the southwest shore of the lake. It is about a 4-hour drive from San Francisco, and eight hours from Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

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When to Get There

Emerald Bay is stunning in all seasons. Summer is the best time to visit, as temperatures are fairly mild. In winter, however, temperatures often remain below freezing and access to hiking trails is limited. You can pick up trail maps from the Lake Tahoe Visitor Center in summer or from the park’s headquarters in South Lake Tahoe year-round.

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Popular Lake Tahoe Activities Nearby

Many visitors come to beautiful Lake Tahoe for the scenery alone, but there’s plenty of outdoor adventure to be had as well. In the summer, hiking, biking, and water sports are widely available, while the winter opens world-class ski runs at the many nearby resorts. Photographers will appreciate the landscape photo opportunities, including the surrounding, often-snow-capped Sierra mountain range.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Emerald Bay State Park?
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Attractions near Emerald Bay State Park:
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What else should I know about attractions in Lake Tahoe?
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As well as visiting the Emerald Bay State Park, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: