Emerald Bay Barges
California's first underwater shipwreck park, the Emerald Bay Historic Barges was officially opened to the public following the September 23, 1994 dedication ceremony. Located in 10 to 30 feet of clear water in picturesque Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe, the site consists of two large wooden barges constructed of massive Ponderosa pine timbers. Although their names remain unknown, they are typical of the cordwood barges constructed in the early 1900s for use in carrying general cargo on the lake. These vessels are well made, but lacked their own propulsion. They were towed by steamers that made a regular circuit between California and Nevada anchorages.