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Take a Trip Down Memory Lane Right Here At Lake Tahoe

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Starting from 1st October, visitors travelling to California’s Emerald Bay State Park will have the opportunity to explore and discover Lake Tahoe’s marine past. This new underwater trail brings you to an underwater world filled with historic features that dates back to the early 20th Century.

In the past, divers could already explore two large barges in the Historic Barge Dive Site located on the bay. However, with the addition of the new Emerald Bay Maritime Heritage Trail, divers can now explore three new additional sites as well as the various ships that rest underneath.

Divers can explore the earliest and largest vessel that was part of the fleet in recreational ships used at the Emerald Bay Resort. This family resort used to be a popular vacation destination before it was removed in the 1950s to free up the space for campgrounds. Measuring 27 feet in length, this vessel is known as Florence M and was built in the early 1900s for the purpose of conducting excursions around the lake.

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Other small historic vessels include a metal kayak, a day sailor, wooden fishing boats, row boats as well as motorboats.

This Maritime Heritage Trail marks the first time California State Parks is opening an underwater maritime heritage cultural trail to the general public. If you’re a history enthusiast who dives, this would be perfect for you to explore the recreational watercraft and barges used in the park’s past. Park representatives have also mentioned that the collection of vessels also happens to be the nation’s largest and most diverse group of sunken small craft that is known to exist in their original location.

Due to the water’s cold temperature, averaging from 43 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit in the deepest parts of the bay and from the mid-60s to below freezing during the winter and early spring months in the top 12 feet, the vessels have actually been very well preserved.

Keep your eyes peeled for underwater interpretive panels placed at the dive sites which provide information about each location. You can also find waterproof interpretive cards at the park’s visitor centres, local dive shops, on the park’s website as well as on the Sierra State Parks Foundation’s website.

It is recommended that divers visit the trail during fall as it is the best time for diving. You’ll be able to enjoy warmer temperatures and calmer waters as compared to the summer months while recreational boats are out and about in the area.

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