In 1969, Emerald Bay was recognised as a National Natural Landmark. In 1994, California State Parks included the surrounding water of the bay as a part of the park which makes Emerald Bay one of the first underwater parks in the state. Emerald Bay is the final resting place for many boats and barges used before the turn of the century, during the heyday of construction in the area. The designation protects the various wrecks and other items on the bay's bottom.
Located in Emerald Bay is Vikingsholm, Lake Tahoe’s hidden castle. Built in 1929, the 38-room mansion is one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the western hemisphere. Looking out at the bay, you’ll see Fannette Island - the only island in all of Lake Tahoe.
There is no vehicle access to the lakeshore of Emerald Bay or Vikingsholm, so visitors walk about a mile from the car park or via the Rubicon Trail. Be sure to take a boat trip around the Bay to learn about the fascinating history of the area, and of course, those views.