The Thunderbird Lodge National Historic Site is the centerpiece of Thunderbird Lake Tahoe, and home to the famous Thunderbird Yacht.
Visitors to Emerald Bay State Park enjoy hiking, swimming, kayaking, scuba diving, boating, sightseeing and touring Vikingsholm in the summer months. 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.
Please note, Highway 89 in the Emerald Bay Area may be closed in the winter due to avalanche danger. Please visit the Caltrans website or call their hotline (800-427-7623) to check on current road conditions.
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.
There are other trails nearby, including the Rubicon Trail to D.L. Bliss State Park, and Eagle Lake Trail into Desolation Wilderness. Upper and Lower Eagle Falls are spectacular in spring and early summer, and are favorite
The boat-in campground is located on the north side of Emerald Bay. Reservations are available during the summer months at reserveamerica.com.
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.
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.
Dogs are not allowed on any trails or roads into Emerald Bay, nor on the beach. Dogs are only allowed in the campground and must be on a 6′ leash. Dog regulations are enforced year-round.