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Emerald Bay State Park
Emerald Bay State Park, California

Emerald Bay, with rocky Fanette Island and Lake Tahoe beyond, is one of the iconic images of California. It is completely protected within Tahoe National Forest and Emerald Bay State Park.

Vikingsholm was built as a private residence in 1929 and acquired by the state parks department in 1953. It is modeled on Scandinavian churches and castles, and includes a stone tea house on the island.


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Fire prevention at Emerald Bay

Fire prevention at Emerald Bay

The forest service is cutting brush to reduce the danger of accidental fire along the highways around Lake Tahoe.

Emerald Bay State Park, California

Date photographed: October 23, 2011
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Emerald Bay at Lake Tahoe

Emerald Bay at Lake Tahoe

Emerald Bay occupies a glacially excavated valley at the southwest corner of Lake Tahoe.

Emerald Bay State Park, California

Date photographed: October 23, 2011
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Emerald Bay viewpoint

Emerald Bay viewpoint

The best view of Emerald Bay is from this viewpoint at the top of the Vikingsholm Trail.

Emerald Bay State Park, California

Date photographed: October 23, 2011
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Top of Eagle Creek Falls

Top of Eagle Creek Falls

Eagle Creek flows under the highway then cascades down to Emerald Bay.

Emerald Bay State Park, California

Date photographed: October 23, 2011
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Tahoe Queen in Emerald Bay

Tahoe Queen in Emerald Bay

The Tahoe Queen sternwheeler tours Emerald Bay several times a day.

Emerald Bay State Park, California

Date photographed: October 23, 2011
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Accessible Inspiration Point

Accessible Inspiration Point

The US Forest Service has rebuilt the Inspiration Point viewpoint with ramps to make it wheelchair accessible.

Emerald Bay State Park, California

Date photographed: October 23, 2011
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Inspiration Point at Emerald Bay

Inspiration Point at Emerald Bay

Onwe of the most famous views in California, across Emerald Bay from Inspiration Point.

Emerald Bay State Park, California

Date photographed: October 23, 2011
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