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"Lake Tahoe~Emerald Bay State Park (D.L. Bliss)" Top 5 Page for this destination Other California Sights Tip by Yaqui

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Home of Washoe Native Americans, who has lived in this area for nearly 10,000 years who were nomads that fished and hunted within the 10,000 square miles of the lake to gather for food preparations to survive the long winter months.

(D. L. Bliss) Emerald Bay & Sugar Pine Point State Park is named after a pioneering lumberman, railroad owner and banker. D. L. Bliss family donated 744 acres to the beautiful state of California in 1929. Emerald Bay is just one of the many gorgeous parks my lovely state can be so proud of. Many of these parks encompass some very historical structures and some impressive outdoor facilities. The parks also contain ponderosa and Jeffrey pines, firs, incense cedar, Sierra juniper and black cottonwood. Along the streams grow a lush combination of alders, quaking aspen, mountain dogwood, service berry and bitter cherry. As for wildflowers, columbine, leopard lily, lupine, bleeding heart, yellow monkey flower and nightshade bloom in season. Brush is composed of ceanothus, chinquapin, currant, gooseberry, huckleberry oak and manzanita.

Vikingsholm Castle listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Fannette Island, only island on Lake Tahoe

Fishing: Fish for rainbow, brown and Mackinaw trout or Kokanee salmon (a landlocked form of the Pacific sockeye), all successfully introduced into the lake.

Swimming: Visitors can swim at D.L. Bliss State Park’s Lester and Calawee Cove
beaches. (Two Piers)

Underwater Park: for those hardy scuba divers

Camping: The parks have 268 family campsites, each with a table, food locker and stove, plus nearby restrooms and hot showers. Although there are no hookups, some sites at D.L. Bliss will accommodate trailers up to 15 feet or motor homes up to 18 feet. Emerald Bay can accommodate trailers up to 18 feet or motorhomes up to 21 feet. The D.L. Bliss
group campground will accommodate up to 50 people, with a limit of 10 cars. Reserve all campsites by calling (800) 444-7275 or visit.

Boating: Twenty primitive campsites are reachable by boat. While the parks themselves have no launching facilities, boats can be launched from private facilities about 6 miles to the north or south.

Hiking: The Rubicon Trail for hikers follows the scenic lakeshore from Calawee Cove at
D.L. Bliss past Vikingsholm to Upper Eagle Point Campground at Emerald Bay. The Cascade Trail at Emerald Bay gives hikers vistas of the west and south shores of Lake Tahoe.

Address: P. O. Box 266, Tahoma, CA 96142
Directions: The park is located 22 miles south of Tahoe City off of Hwy 89
Phone: (530) 525-7277

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 20, 2011
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