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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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Recent reviews from experiences in Lake Tahoe

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Great experience!
Joshua_R, Nov 2021
Emerald Bay Helicopter Tour of Lake Tahoe
We had never ridden in a helicopter before and the pilot was very smooth and made us feel comfortable. Views were breathtaking!
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Great trip!
Angela_F, Nov 2021
Emerald Bay Helicopter Tour of Lake Tahoe
This was a surprise trip for my husbands 40th birthday. We both had an amazing time! Our guide Matt was friendly and professional. We learned about all the lakes and spots we went over. This was definitely money well spent! We can’t wait to take our kids on a ride!!
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Bird in the sky
Amanda_L, Oct 2021
Emerald Bay Helicopter Tour of Lake Tahoe
Beautiful area and getting to have a new experience with family! The lake is beautiful and the small island in the bay is magical.
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Fun fun fun
Pablo_D, Sep 2021
Emerald Bay Helicopter Tour of Lake Tahoe
It was an excellent experience! Loved every second of it!! It was fun the whole ride. Would totally do it again!
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Best
YunSung_C, Aug 2021
Emerald Bay Helicopter Tour of Lake Tahoe
Riding the helcopter itself was a new experience and it was amazing for all my family. But the time is so short.
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Great helicopter ride experience!!
DAN_L, Aug 2021
Emerald Bay Helicopter Tour of Lake Tahoe
Very polite, professional pilot who made us feel welcome. This was my first time in a helicopter and I had a great time. I would definitely recommend this company and we will be back next time we are in Lake Tahoe.
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Spectacular!
Kaytre_P, Aug 2021
Emerald Bay Helicopter Tour of Lake Tahoe
I am afraid of heights. The flight was amazing and I felt very comfortable. I’ll do it again given the chance
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Amazing!!
David_C, Jul 2021
Emerald Bay Helicopter Tour of Lake Tahoe
Fantastic trip.. my 2 sons were in absolute awe of the views, vistas and scenery! Highly recommend will be coming back for another trip!
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Lake Helicopter Trip
John_T, Jul 2021
Emerald Bay Helicopter Tour of Lake Tahoe
With only a 10 minute ride , we seen as much of the lake as possible. It was fantastic. The views over Emerald were awesome.
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Must try
Vikram_A, Jul 2021
Emerald Bay Helicopter Tour of Lake Tahoe
Amazing ride! This is definitely the best way to view emerald bay. Neatly organized. Small helicopter so everyone gets the best view!
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Exploring South Lake Tahoe from the Air
Claudia_S, Jun 2021
Emerald Bay Helicopter Tour of Lake Tahoe
Excellent adventure! Panoramic views of Lake Tahoe. The pilot 👨🏼‍✈️Was knowledgeable about the area and provided amazing information about South Lake Tahoe. The helicopter 🚁 was safe and comfortable. I was fortunate to get the front seat because it has the best view. The headsets provided noise cancellation. There was some turbulence but not for long. Loved this unique experience! Loved the views from above!
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PULL THE TRIGGER ON THIS ADVENTURE..!
Allen_E, Jun 2021
Emerald Bay Helicopter Tour of Lake Tahoe
Absolutely the best part of our Tahoe stay!What a great time and awesome pilot.Would recommend this to anyone and any age group.

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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