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Lake Tahoe near Emerald Bay Professional Review and Guide
"Spectacular high Sierra scenery at one of America’s most beautiful lakes, quite possibly the clearest lake in North America. Lake Tahoe is world famous for its incredibly clear water, fabulous mountain setting, and recreational playground. Emerald Bay is one of the most popular vistas at Tahoe. Visitors look down from the mountain highway or circle the bay aboard large and small boats. Campgrounds abound in the area but are so popular in summer that reservations are advised. The least crowded times are early morning or early autumn weekdays."
--Charlie Pike, Paddling Northern California (Falcon Guides).
I have made this trip in 2 parts. About 2 years ago I paddled into Emerald Bay from Baldwin Beach. About 7 miles round trip. Rocky shores, sandy beaches, bald eagles nesting in the tree tops. A little rough going around the point near the bay. Caught some paddle wheel boat wakes. Took a look at Vikingsholm. Great trip. Last week, the wife and I paddled towards Emerald Bay from D. L. Bliss beach. Towering shear cliffs, kids jumping off the rocks, and more bald eagles. Awesome! The water of Lake Tahoe is one of a kind. From pristine aqua to deep blue, then going to almost black in the deepest parts.
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