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Emerald Bay State Park and D. L. Bliss State Park are adjoined, and offer 6-miles of shoreline access, perfect for swimming, basking on the soft sand, fishing for trout or Kokanee salmon and scuba diving. Both parks have been designated an underwater state park and scuba divers can explore sunken boats, launches and historic barges. Hiking the Rubicon Trail winds from one park to the other revealing non-stop breathtaking views. In D.L. Bliss, take the Lighthouse Trail to discover a wooden lighthouse from the early 1800s and from Rubicon Point, gaze into Lake Tahoe as deep as 100 feet. The short self-guided trail to Balancing Rock explores the local flora and fauna through interpretive signs and leads to a precariously balanced granite rock. Camping is available from Memorial Day weekend until September 30th. Note there are bears in the area. There is a day-use fee for entry and these parks are closed for the winter season. If you’re traveling off-season, please check for seasonal closures for the points of interest along this drive.
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