Emerald Bay State Park
|Emerald Bay State Park|
|Emerald Bay, with Fannette Island|
|Location||El Dorado County, California, USA|
|Nearest city||Tahoma, California|
|Coordinates||38°57′13″N 120°5′38″W / 38.95361°N 120.09389°W / 38.95361; -120.09389Coordinates: 38°57′13″N 120°5′38″W / 38.95361°N 120.09389°W / 38.95361; -120.09389|
|Area||1,533 acres (620 ha)|
|Governing body||California Department of Parks and Recreation|
Emerald Bay State Park is a state park of California, USA, preserving Lake Tahoe‘s Emerald Bay, a National Natural Landmark. Park features include Eagle Falls and Vikingsholm, a 38-room mansion that is considered one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the United States. The park contains the only island in Lake Tahoe, Fannette Island. The park is accessible by California State Route 89 near the southwest shore of the lake. Emerald Bay is one of Lake Tahoe’s most photographed and popular locations.
In 1969 Emerald Bay was recognized as a National Natural Landmark by the federal Department of the Interior. In 1994 California State Parks included the surrounding water of the bay as a part of the park, making Emerald Bay one of the first underwater parks of its type in the state, protecting the various wrecks and other items on the bay’s bottom.
Summer temperatures at the park range from the low 40 °F (4 °C) at night to mid-70 °F (21 °C) during the day, and during the winter visitors will usually experience temperatures between 20 and 40 °F (-7 and 4 °C). During harsh winters the bay freezes over. The bay is about 1.7 miles (2.7 km) in length, and about two-thirds of a mile (1 km) wide at its widest point.