Lake Tahoe Maritime Heritage Trail

Author(s): Denise Jaffke; Tricia Dodds

Year: 2016


Lake Tahoe is the third deepest lake in North America. On its southwest shore is Emerald Bay, a fjord embayment that has long been recognized for its spectacular natural beauty and as one of the most photographed places on earth. Just offshore of  the historic site of Emerald Bay Resort are the remains of the "Mini-fleet." These ten small craft, representing a variety of vessel form and function, operated on Emerald Bay from 1890-1940 for recreation. The Mini-fleet represents 90 percent of the styles of boats used for leisure and work on Lake Tahoe, and the vessels are one of the largest examples of early 20th century small boats known to exist in situ. California State Parks is in the process of establishing an underwater maritime heritage trail to highlight and interpret the Mini-fleet, which represents an important period in Lake Tahoe’s history and for American leisure boating in general.

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Lake Tahoe Maritime Heritage Trail. Denise Jaffke, Tricia Dodds. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434807)

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 921