Lower Eagle Falls (140 ft.) is seen from the roadside, at the Emerald Bay / Vikingsholm parking lot area (a half mile drive from the Eagle Falls picnic area). It is of course, a very popular tourist stop. In fact, it is incredibly difficult to get a parking spot here during the day (on weekends), so it is recommended to arrive early in the morning.
The waterfall is an awesome one, particularly in the spring, falling in two large drops. In the summer, once all the snow melts in the mountains, the waterfall reduces to a trickle. Spring is the time to visit for sure. The upper section of Eagle Falls is 58 ft. and the bottom is 82 ft. high. There are two ways to get to the base of Eagle Falls. A maintained trail leads from the parking lot at Emerald Bay State Park down to the lake. It is a fairly easy 1 mile hike down to the lakeside. Dogs are not allowed on this trail, unfortunately, as it is a state park. The second way to get down is to climb down the rocks from the roadside at the brink of the falls. This way is more difficult, but quicker and provides more views of the falls from up close. But please be careful, people have died here going over the falls.
Emerald Bay State Park is a state park of California, USA, preserving Lake Tahoe’s Emerald Bay, a National Natural Landmark.Park features include Eagle Falls and Vikingsholm, a 38-room mansion that is considered one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the United States.The architect was Leonard Palme, who was hired by his aunt Laura Knight to design and build Vikingsholm. The park contains the only island in Lake Tahoe, Fannette Island. The park is accessible by California State Route 89 near the southwest shore of the lake. Emerald Bay is one of Lake Tahoe’s most photographed and popular locations.
In 1969 Emerald Bay was recognized as a National Natural Landmark by the federal Department of the Interior. In 1994 California State Parks included the surrounding water of the bay as a part of the park, making Emerald Bay one of the first underwater parks of its type in the state, protecting the various wrecks and other items on the bay’s bottom.
The 1,533-acre (620 ha) park was established in 1953.It is located directly south of D. L. Bliss State Park.
Summer temperatures at the park range from the low 40 °F (4 °C) at night to mid-70 °F (21 °C) during the day, and during the winter visitors will usually experience temperatures between 20 and 40 °F (?7 and 4 °C). During harsh winters the bay freezes over. The bay is about 1.7 miles (2.7 km) in length, and about two-thirds of a mile (1 km) wide at its widest point.
Lake Tahoe is a large freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada of the United States. At a surface elevation of 6,225 ft (1,897 m), it is located along the border between California and Nevada, west of Carson City. Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America.Its depth is 1,645 ft (501 m), making it the second deepest in the United States after Crater Lake (1,945 ft (593 m)).Additionally, Lake Tahoe is the sixth largest lake by volume in the United States at 122,160,280 acre·ft (150,682,490 dam3), behind the five Great Lakes.
The lake was formed about 2 million years ago and is a part of the Lake Tahoe Basin with the modern lake being shaped during the ice ages. It is known for the clarity of its water and the panorama of surrounding mountains on all sides.The area surrounding the lake is also referred to as Lake Tahoe, or simply Tahoe. More than 75% of the lake’s watershed is national forest land, comprising the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit of the United States Forest Service.
Lake Tahoe is a major tourist attraction in both Nevada and California. It is home to a number of ski resorts, summer outdoor recreation, and tourist attractions. Snow and skiing are a significant part of the area’s economy and reputation.Mountain and lake scenery are attractions throughout the year. The Nevada side also includes large casinos. Highways provide year-round access from Reno, Carson City, and Sacramento.