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D.L. Bliss and Emerald Bay State Parks: Lake Tahoe, California – Camping

D.L. Bliss and Emerald Bay State Parks: Lake Tahoe, California – Camping – Brief Article

Lisa Taggart

There aren’t many more scenic spots to set up camp in California than along the forested shores of Lake Tahoe’s deep blue water. At these two neighboring parks on the lake’s dramatic southwestern corner, you can walk the beach, hike to see a lighthouse or the lake’s only island, and visit Vikingsholm, a Scandinavian mansion built in 1929. Campsites are popular for a reason: They run along 6 miles of shoreline and up the surrounding steep slopes, for gorgeous views and star-speckled nights.

WHERE: From South Lake Tahoe, take State 89 northwest 7 miles.

WHEN: D.L. Bliss: May 24-Sep 30. Emerald Bay: Jun 14-Sep 1. COST: $2 per car.

CAMPING: 268 sites, plus a group campground and 22 primitive sites accessed only by boat, from $12; (800) 444-7275.

FYI: Water at D.L. Bliss may not be drinkable; inquire at ranger station.

CONTACT: (530) 525-7232 or www.parks.ca.gov.

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