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Top 10 Best Places to Work and Travel at Emerald Bay

Updated on July 3, 2011

Emerald Bay at Lake Tahoe, Nevada


Lake Tahoe Region

The lake and natural landscapes around Lake Tahoe and this region of Nevada/California are jaw-dropping. They are stunning in their clarity and color. Native plants and wildlife are abundant and protected by national and state preserves here, protecting these species for the future as well as displaying them for visitors in the present.

It is not a wonder that readers of voted for part of Lake Tahoe as one of the 100 Greatest Places in America (to stand for pictures). Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe was chosen to be the Number 14 Greatest Place. You can see it in the foreground of the photograph above.

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Emerald Bay, CA 96150, USA
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Fannette Island, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, USA
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Fannette Island

Fannette Island is the sole island in all of Lake Taho and it is located in Emerald Bay, off the southwest shoreline. Fannette Island is visible in the top photo on this page and marked on the Google Map above. It's several names have changed over the decades from Baranoff Island, Coquette Island, Dead Man's Island, Hermit's Island, and Emerald Isle to the current Fannette Island. It is also is contained within Emerald Bay State Park and accessible only by boat or swimming. Early Native Americans living around Lake Tahoe enjoyed the island as well and their story is told in the novel Who Have the Power: A Legend of the West.

The architectural structure that you can see on top of the island is a tea house in the style of the castle that sits at Vikingsholm at the end of Emerald Bay.

Vikingsholm and the tea house on Fannette Island are Scandinavian architectural design, with period dragon's-head ceiling beams. Vikingsholm was one of the very first summer homes in Lake Tahoe, constructed at Emerald Bay around 1863. Today, Vikingsholm can be reached only by private boat or a one-mile hike, but it is open for tours.

Fannette Island
Fannette Island | Source
  • Emerald Bay State Park is a natural wonder that should be visited by anyone that finds themselves in this region of California and Nevada. Emerald bay became an official US National Natural Landmark in 1969, because of its panoramic views and clear observations of the local mountain-producing elements of nature and the granite carvings left by glaciers of the past.
  • Further, in 1994, Emerald Bay became an official Underwater State Park of California, based on its underwater landscapes and wildlife of plant and animal species. A sandy beach is located at Emerald Bay, visible in the photo at the top of this page, and camping/boating activities are permitted from Memorial Day to Labor Day each year. Scuba divers are welcomed into the underwater state park. Artifacts to view in the lake at Emerald Bay have included sunken barges, smaller boats, and even turn-of-the-20th-century automobiles.

Eldorado National Forest

National forest and the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
National forest and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. | Source
  • Sugar Pine State Park is on the western edge of Lake Tahoe, north of Emerald bay, and celebrates Living History Day of the lake region annually at the end of July on the last Saturday. This park is actually located in Tahoma, California. Mountain men and Native Americans speak to the audience, artists ply their individual fine arts and crafts, and a theater presents the history of the lake and its development. Vintage cars of the 1930s are also always on display in this event. Family and children's activites and music round out the evnts that celebrate Lake Tahoe in the 1930s.
  • In the winter, park rangers lead visitors on snowshoe tours under the full moon. Not many places offer that event.

Fannette Island in Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe
Fannette Island in Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe | Source

Bodie Ghost Town


To the South

Emerald Bay is in or near South Lake Tahoe and about 70 miles from Bridgeport, California. Bridgeport's local economy is partially based in tourism that arises from interest in visits to Bodie Ghost Town. A National Historic Landmark, the town is in the Bodie Hills, east of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.

Bodie Ghost Town is the Number 17 Greatest Place in America to Stand, as chosen by readers in 2009.

The photos to the right depict some of the abandoned buildings in the mining ghost town. When gold mining declined in California after the California Gold Rush, miners and merchants of this area left behind small houses, saloons, a church, a smithy's shop and others.

Bodie, although a ghost town since the 1940s, is maintained as a California State Park in order to preserve history and to provide a visitor's attraction.

The author Michael H' Piatt, in his book The Mines are Looking Well, included years of his own detailed research and his experiences in working at Bodie Ghost Town State Park for two years.

Table of Contents of the Michael H. Piatt Book (dislayed to the right):

  1. A Place Called Bodie: The Setting
  2. Bonanza! 1877-1878
  3. "Great Scott! What a Mine!" 1879
  4. "The Greatest Gold Mine the World Has Ever Seen" 1880
  5. Boom and Bust on Silver Hill 1881-1882
  6. "A Quiet Town Is Bodie Today" 1883-1889
  7. "There Is Much Encouragement to Look Forward To" 1890-1899
  8. "The Ore Was Mined at an Actual Loss" 1900-1915
  9. Leasers Work the Mines 1915-1942
  10. Epilogue 1942-Present

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Jobs and Careers in the South Lake Tahoe Area

During mid-June 2011, approximately 1700 jobs were listed for the South Lake Tahoe area that includes Emerald Bay.

Emerald Bay is one in the large system of California State Parks. A plan to close many of these parks began to take shape in 2011 in order to balance the state budget, but many people would not want Emerald Bay to close down to the public. Declining gasoline prices during summer 2011 and beyond likely spur domestic travel in the US and especially to the beautiful western parks and landscapes with their summer and winter outdoor sports activities.

The highest demand jobs in the area are involved in Engineering, Technologies, and Healthcare.

Most Frequent Employers

  1. Safeway - Groceries
  2. Barton Health Care System
  3. Banner Health
  4. Sutter Health
  5. Ceasars Lake Tahoe
  6. Starbucks
  7. Edward jones - Financial products and investments
  8. Harrah's
  9. GE Energy
  10. Hyatt Corporation
  11. Carson Tahoe Regional Healthcare
  12. Kaiser Permanente California
  13. CVS/Pharmacy
  14. Nevada Employee Action and Timekeeping System
  15. Resort at Squaw Creek

Highest Demand Jobs

  1. Physical Therapists and Assistants
  2. Travel Physical Therapists
  3. Supermarket Clerks: Deli, Liquor, Meats, Courtesy, Other
  4. Taco Bell Managers and Assistant Managers
  5. Shift Supervisors
  6. Baristas
  7. Occupational Therapists
  8. Lead Engineers
  9. Quality Assurance Engineers
  10. Electrical Technologists

Additional High Deamnd Jobs

  1. Maintenance Supervisors
  2. Laboratory Scientists
  3. Physicians - Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Family Practice
  4. Registered Nurses (RNs)


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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Thankyou, Patty. for showing me this magnificent piece of earth.

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thanks, Rochelle! Quite a variety of interesting places sit near, or at least within 70 to 100 miles of, the California/Nevada meeting of Lake Tahoe. The development of Vikingsholm and the Fannette Island tea house certainly took extraordinary care and effort.

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      Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country

      A couple of my favorite places,Emerald Bay and Bodie. Interesting that you put them in the same hub, as two places that could hardly be more different.

      I toured Vikingsholm several years ago and it was very worthwhile to imagine how the people lived there. A great deal of love and imagination (also money) went into the building of the estate.

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Teresa - I'll move there and be your best customer.

      Earth Angel - Thanks for all this information. I hate all the waste and trash the lake is exposed to.

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      Earth Angel 6 years ago

      Dearest Patty,

      Yes, in most ways it was heaven! Since your writing this morning I have been pondering a return move there!

      I live in paradise where I am, except for the Diablo Nuclear Power Plant which sits close by on top of several active earthquake faults! That's why I had a home in Lake Tahoe to begin with! Tahoe has earthquakes but since it is mostly granite there is almost no liquefaction!

      Lake Tahoe, also known as the Sapphire of the Sierra's, is the deepest fresh water lake in North America with depths of 1,600 feet! That's why it doesn't freeze in the winters!

      The deep sapphire blue color and the clarity is a National treasure that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world!

      That was both a blessing and a curse! It is great for the economy and deadly to the clarity of the Lake! In the 1990's the Lake, with an average clarity of 69 feet, was loosing clarity at a rate of one (1) foot per year!

      Keep Tahoe Blue is a great, highly aggressive organization to stem the unwelcome pollution! I have continued to support them all these years!

      We would take my boat to have a picnic on Fannette Island (really a big rock with some trees!) and spend the first hour just cleaning up trash thrown overboard by thoughtless tourists!

      People, unfamiliar with the Lake would bring their boats up for the day, fill them at one of the local docks, and spill gallons of petrol into the Lake without thinking!

      It is a gorgeous 72 mile drive around the Lake ~ just stunning! But when it rains, all the pollution from the thousands of cars and tourists flow into the Lake!

      All of that pales in comparison with housing and building development!

      Yes, there are so many aspects of living in Lake that are breathtaking! Even the higher altitude is good for health! But being a socially conscious resident where ever I call home, means getting involved to help curb a bit of the underbelly!

      The Lake still calls to me! Every day I still wear a sapphire given to me as a reminder of the Lake! Thank you for writing this GREAT Hub! Yes, it is just that gorgeous as in your first photo above!

      Blessings to you Patty! Earth Angel!

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      Sheila 6 years ago from The Other Bangor

      It's just so darn beautiful country--maybe I should train as a barista. . .

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      It must have been Heaven to live there!

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      Earth Angel 6 years ago

      Ahhhhhhhhh, dearest Patty,

      You have no idea how much this touched my heart this morning . . . I had a home in Lake Tahoe for years . . .

      Brings tears to my eyes to see the breathtaking beauty again . . . My soul sooooooooooo appreciates this amazing Hub . . .

      Thank you and blessings, Earth Angel . . .

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      rajaramravi 6 years ago

      I thums up and click both useful and beautiful for this hub.Photos are lovely