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General Information: This is another terrific place to put a kayak in the water. It is less crowded than either Camp Rich or Baldwin Beach, yet offers access to Emeral Bay and the same great mountain views. The best paddling is to the south, but Rubicon Bay also offers some intersting shoreline.


Where To Start: Bliss State Park is on the west shore about 8 miles north of South Lake Tahoe and 18 miles south of Tahoe City. From the South Shore, drive north on Highway 89 towards Emerald Bay. After passing Emerald Bay, watch for the entrance to Bliss State Park on the right. Pay the day-use fee and head all the way down to the last parking area next to the beach.


Description: The most awesome scenery here is to the south toward Emerald Bay. The shore along this section drops steeply into the water and the deep blue color of the clear Tahoe water tells you the shore continues to drop off into Tahoe's depths. The color of the water here is truly impossible to describe and must be seen to be appreciated. The forest that you paddle by is all part of the Bliss State Park that continues around Emerald Point and into Emerald Bay. Be carefull entering the bay if lots of power boats are present (as they likely will be during the summer). Ofter, kayaks can stay completely out of the boating lanes marked by the red and green bouys by hugging the shoreline. Once in Emerald Bay, there are several points of interest. Fannett Island (Tahoe's only island) is a fun stop and includes the remnants of an old tea house built by the owner of the second interesting stop, Vickingsholm. During the summer, you can go on a tour of the mansion that is quite interesting. Finally, if your arms need a rest and your legs need some exercise, stop at the Boat Camp (look for the white bouys) and take the Rubicon Trail back towards Emerald Point and beyond.

To the north of the put-in, lies Rubicon Bay. The houses along here are impressive as is the backdrop of forest and mountain.

Environmental Concerns: Paddle it in, paddle it out.

Advisory: Truly, you must exercise caution when in this area. The people driving the power boats may very well never have set foot in a boat before, let along been behind the wheel. Combine this with some alcohol, get the picture. As a non-power craft, you have the right of way according to the "Rules of the Road", but a lot of good that does you when you get hit!


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