Underwater trail opens in Emerald Bay

Divers photographs one of the wooden barges. | Mylana Haydu, Indiana State University, Center for Underwater Science

California State Parks and the Sierra State Parks Foundation have unveiled California’s first Maritime Heritage Underwater Trail located in Lake Tahoe’s Emerald Bay, opening to the public on Oct. 1, as first reported at TheTahoeWeekly.com.

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Scuba and snorkel diving visitors will be able to explore an underwater trail with historic sites, and underwater interpretative panels at four dive sites. These boats were scuttled when they outlived their usefulness, but now serve as reminders of the golden age of recreation in Tahoe.  This collection is the largest, most diverse group of sunken small watercraft of its kind, in their original location, known to exist in the nation.

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Interpretive Panels
Dive Cards
Map of Emerald Bay dive sites

On Sept. 28, state park dive team members will broadcast an underwater tour with live video and audio at 2 p.m. on the Facebook page for California State Parks and the Sierra State Parks Foundation. | parks.ca.gov, sierrastateparks.org