Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay Froze Over for the First Time in Decades — See the Photos

“Ice on Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe. I have never seen this before."

Emerald Lake in Lake Tahoe, California frozen over

Courtesy of California State Parks

The majestic Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe, California has become even more of a sight to see as it's frozen over for the first time in decades.

“Emerald Bay has partially frozen thanks to the recent storms, covering Fannette Island with snow," read an alert from California State Parks. "But don't plan on walking or ice skating on the frozen water as it's not safe to do so.”

“Ice on Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe. I have never seen this before,” one social media user commented on a photo shared on the CPS Facebook page.

Emerald Lake in Lake Tahoe, California frozen over

Courtesy of California State Parks

While the view may be breathtaking, safety precautions throughout the state have been taken as an Emergency Proclamation has been issued to dispatch all available local, state, and federal resources for assistance. The South Lake Tahoe mayor also activated a virtual Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in a Weather Alert posted on the city’s website

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shared that this complex winter storm was triggered from the “Atmospheric River” which has caused weather havoc across California. 

“This potent storm is expected to produce heavy mountain snow and gusty winds from the Sierra to the central/northern Rockies,” NOAA said in a statement on their website

Emerald Bay is notable for being the only inlet of Lake Tahoe, and spans over 1,533 acres, and is located within Emerald Bay State Park which is operated by California State Parks, according to Visit Lake Tahoe. Known for its hiking trails, boating, kayaking, the sweeping scenic views have made the lookout points in Emerald Bay a top location for photographers from around the world. 

The inlet is home to multiple tourist attractions that are popular with global travelers. One of the most popular attractions to the area is an early 1900’s castle, Vikingsholm. The castle is currently closed, and re-opens for visitors on May 27.

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