January 4, 2017 at 3:27 am #2734Team YOLO !Keymaster
Emerald Bay is an enchantment.
Tucked in the lake’s southwest corner, it is a blue-green haven that boasts Tahoe’s only isle, Fannette Island, and is hugged by the 6.5 mile (10.5 km) Rubicon Trail, one-way, via which you can awaken your senses to the sights, sounds and alpine scents of this natural beauty.
Explore the Bay and its underwater scenery from a buoyant perspective by renting a kayak on the lakeshore.
And, if you are up for a lake-faring adventure, paddle over and hike to the top of Fannette Island to view the remains of a stone teahouse built in 1929 and to gaze upon the beautiful granite and evergreen slopes that hold court over the Bay.
A Hike & A Kayak to Remember
Start your day at Eagle Point Campground, where you can begin a 2 mile (3.2 km) hike, one-way, along the eastern curve of Rubicon Trail. The trail is moderate and best visited on summer mornings (June-Sept).
At the 2-mile mark, you can rent a kayak and explore the Bay and the island at its epicenter.
Afterwards, you can either return to Eagle Point or continue on for 4.5 miles (7.2 km), one-way, to the western edge of the Rubicon Trail, which ends at Calawee Cove Beach in D.L. Bliss State Park.
Tent and RV camping is available at both ends of the trail, May thru September.
Eagle Point Campground (in Emerald Bay State Park)
Day use parking $8 (sunrise-sunset)
Tent/RV campsites for $35+ (May-Sept, generally); reservable online 7 months in advance
Travel west on Emerald Bay Road towards Emerald Bay. Once you pass Cascade Creek, continue on for 0.6 miles (1 km) where you will see a sign for the campground. Turn right on an unmarked road.
Kayak / SUP Rental $25-$35 for 1 hour; $35-$55 for 2 hours; $65-$85 for a day. Rentals are first come, first served.
Be sure to bring along a government-issued photo ID
9:30am-5pm, generally (late May-Sept)
Calawee Cove Beach (in D.L. Bliss State Park)
Day use parking $10 (sunrise-sunset)
Tent/RV campsites $35-$45+ (May-Sept, generally); reservable online 7 months in advance
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