Explore Emerald Bay by Boat from Zephyr Cove

    Rate this Adventure

    Added by Josiah Roe

    Traverse the full width of one of the most beautiful alpine lakes in the world and explore one of its most beautiful features: Emerald Bay.

    Zephyr Cove on the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe is a fantastic starting point for a host of water sports and activities including a boat ride across Lake Tahoe to explore Emerald Bay.

    To get to Zephyr Cove take Highway 50 north for 7 miles out of South Lake Tahoe and turn left into the Zephyr Cove Resort. As an alternative you can take Highway 28 till it turns into Highway 50 from Incline Village for 20 miles. There is parking all along the beach front.

    You can either book a cruise on the Zephyr Cove M.S. Dixie II (a fantastic vintage paddlewheel) or on the modern Tahoe Paradise. You can also rent boats from the Zephyr Cove Marina.

    To get to Emerald Bay from Zephyr Cove by boat, leave the boating area heading WSW in a straight line for about 6 miles, aiming for what looks like a low point / gap. Eventually you will see other boats filing into the Bay and buoys marking its entrance. Do drive slowly once in the Bay.  

    Read More
    Chillin
    Photography
    Swimming
    Beach
    Easy Parking
    Family Friendly
    Groups
    Lake
    Scenic
    Waterfall
    Wildflowers
    Wildlife

    Go Pro.

    We're committed to building a better, more inclusive home for the modern outdoors. Go PRO to support our mission and get benefits like gear deals, no ads, and more!

    Learn More

    Reviews

    Have you done this adventure? Be the first to leave a review!

    Leave No Trace

    Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

    We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

    Stay Nearby

    Glenbrook, Nevada

    Zephyr Cove Lodge and Cabins

    From $179/night

    Glenbrook, Nevada

    Zephyr Cove RV and Campground

    From $50/night

    Zephyr Cove, Nevada

    Updated Pinewild Condo W/ Deck & On Site Tennis

    From $142/night

    Zephyr Cove, Nevada

    Pinewild Condo W/ Private Hot Tub & Beach Access

    From $145/night

    Nearby Adventures

    Camp at Zephyr Cove

    Wake Surf Zephyr Cove

    Stand Up Paddle Board Zephyr Cove

    Kayak Zephyr Cove

    More Nearby Adventures