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Taylor Creek Stream Profile Chamber
The Taylor Creek Stream Profile Chamber is located on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe at the USFS Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Visitors Center. The Stream Profile Chamber was first opened in 1967. It was remodeled to its current condition in 1997. This under water viewing chamber has an estimat...
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Emerald Bay/D.L. Bliss State Park
Description: Two adjacent parks linked by trails are located in a spectacular alpine setting above one of the world’s largest high-elevation lakes. Eagle Falls cascades into Emerald Bay against a backdrop of Lake Tahoe; watch here for soaring ospreys. Rock outcroppings and conifer forests line 6 miles of shoreline, where the Rubicon Trail leads to protected coves and views of common mergansers, pied-billed grebes, and mallards. The path weaves among pines, firs, and cedars, habitat for juncos, western tanagers, and white-headed and pileated woodpeckers. Squirrels and chipmunks are common; patient observers may see coyotes and martens, or bats, at dusk. Fall colors are covered by a mantle of winter snow, when snowshoe hares and bald eagles visit. Wildflowers bloom just as Canada geese arrive to nest on Fannette Island.

Wildlife to Watch: Moderate probability of seeing waterfowl, birds of prey, and songbirds in spring and summer. Winter offers views of eagles, martens, and lots of tracks. Nature center at nearby Sugar Pine State Park.

Special Tips: Visitor centers at Bliss and Vikingsholm at Emerald Bay.

Parks are crowded in summer.

Ownership: California Department of Parks & Recreation 
Size: 1,830 acres 
Closest Town: South Lake Tahoe

RestroomsParkingTent CampingFishingHikingPicnic tablesVisitor CenterHandicap AccessibleFeeSmall BoatsTrailer CampingDrinking WaterSwimming

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Emerald Bay/D.L. Bliss State Park - Photo by California State Parks
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Driving Directions:
From Tahoe City, drive 17 miles south on Highway 89 to D.L. Bliss State Park entrance. Continue 4 miles on Highway 89 to Emerald Bay State Park entrance.

For more information call (530) 525-7277.

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Emerald Bay/D.L. Bliss State Park : Wildlife Viewing Area