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Carnelian-Bay is a small community that lies between Tahoe Vista and Tahoe City on Lake Tahoe's quiet North Shore. Everything you would expect in a Lake Tahoe vacation is here, without the usual crowds and traffic generally found in South Lake Tahoe. Carnelian Bay has its own beach with picnic areas and grills and restrooms. There is a full-service marina located in nearby Tahoe City that includes a gas dock, boat, slip and buoy rentals, boat launch, power and sail boat sales and services. You can charter a fishing boat or go parasailing, and they even offer ski boat rentals and lessons. Upscale shopping is also available at the marina. Other summertime activities in Carnelian Bay include hiking and mountain biking, river rafting and golf. In winter, Lake Tahoe is pure magic. The mountains and pines are covered with snow and skiing, sledding, snowboarding and cross-country skiing are all possibilities. Carnelian Bay is just a short drive to 14 different world class ski areas and a challenging two-mile cross-country ski course is located nearby. Carnelian Woods is great for families, a safe play for children to enjoy the snow with sleds and toboggans. For adults, South Lake Tahoe is approximately 40 minutes away for nightlife, gambling and fine dining.

Surrounding areas: Tahoe Vista, California (1.9 mi), Agate Bay, California (2.3 mi), Dollar Point, California (2.9 mi), Kings Beach, California (3.0 mi), Northstar, California (3.4 mi), Brockway, California (3.7 mi), Tahoe City, California (4.9 mi)

Carnelian Bay Vacation Rentals

Carnelian Bay Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Zelmar Lakeview LodgeN LK Blvd & Carnelian Bay RdCarnelian Bay, CA (530) 546-3133
Cal Neva Lodge Resort Hotel Spa & Casino2 Stateline RdCrystal Bay, NV4.2 mi.(775) 832-4000
Lake Of The Sky Motor Inn955 N LK BlvdTahoe City, CA4.9 mi.(916) 583-3305
Tahoe City Travelodge455 N LK BlvdTahoe City, CA4.9 mi.(916) 583-3766
Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe111 Country ClubIncline Village, NV6.1 mi.(775) 832-1243
Inn At Incline Condominiums1003 LK BlueIncline Village, NV6.1 mi.(775) 831-1052
Sunnyside Resort1850 W Lake BlvdTahoe City, CA6.8 mi.(530) 583-7200
Resort At Squaw Creek400 Squaw Creek RdOlympic Valley, CA7.0 mi.(530) 583-6300
Plumpjack Squaw Valley Inn1920 Squaw Vly RdOlympic Valley, CA8.0 mi.(530) 583-1576
Best Western Truckee Tahoe Inn11331 Hwy 267Truckee, CA8.8 mi.(800) 824-6385
Hampton Inn & Suites Tahoe/Truckee11951 State Hwy #267Truckee, CA8.8 mi.(530) 587-1197
Holiday Inn Express10527 Cold STRM RdTruckee, CA8.8 mi.(530) 582-1073
Best Western Trailside Inn343 N MainAlturas, CA9.0 mi.(530) 233-4111
Truckee Super 8 Lodge11506 Deerfield DrTruckee, CA9.6 mi.(530) 587-8888
Tahoe Lake Cottages7030 West LK BlvdTahoma, CA11.3 mi.(916) 525-4411
Loch Leven Lodge13855 Donner Pass RdTruckee, CA11.6 mi.(530) 587-3773
Holiday Inn Express Carson City4055 N Carson StCarson City, NV16.5 mi.(775) 283-4055
Days Inn3103 N Carson StCarson City, NV16.8 mi.(775) 883-3343
Best Western Trailside Inn1300 North Carson StCarson City, NV17.2 mi.(775) 883-7300
Carson Motor Lodge1421 N CarsonCarson City, NV17.2 mi.(775) 882-3572
Park Inn Hardman House917 N Carson StCarson City, NV17.3 mi.(775) 882-7744
Hampton Inn And Suites10 Hospitality WayCarson City, NV17.4 mi.(775) 885-8800
Carson Station Hotel Casino900 S Carson StCarson City, NV17.5 mi.(775) 883-0900
Motel 62749 S Carson StCarson City, NV17.7 mi.(775) 885-7710
Carson City Super 82829 S Carson StCarson City, NV17.8 mi.(775) 883-7800
Rodeway Inn4127 Pine BlvdSouth Lake Tahoe, CA19.8 mi.(530) 541-7150
Caesar's Tahoe55 Hwy 50Stateline, NV19.8 mi.(775) 588-3515
Harrah's Tahoe Hotel & CasinoHwy 50 & Stateline Pobox 8Stateline, NV19.8 mi.(775) 588-6611
Harveys Resort & CasinoStateline, NV19.8 mi.(775) 588-2411
Lake Tahoe Horizon Casino ResortHwy 50Stateline, NV19.8 mi.(775) 588-6211
Lake Tahoe Horizon Casino/reso50 Hwy 50Stateline, NV19.8 mi.(775) 588-6211
Ridge ResortsStateline, NV19.8 mi.(775) 588-3553
El Dorado Motel4139 Lake TahoeSouth Lake Tahoe, CA20.0 mi.(415) 731-7793
Marriott Vacation Club Timber Lodge4100 Lake Tahoe BlvdSouth Lake Tahoe, CA20.0 mi.(530) 542-6600
Marriott Vacation Club Grand Residence Lake Tahoe1001 Park AveSouth Lake Tahoe, CA20.1 mi.(530) 542-8400
Boomtown Hotel & Casino2100 I-80 W & Garson ExitVerdi, NV20.7 mi.(775) 345-6000
Casino Area Travelodge4003 Lk Tahoe BlvdSouth Lake Tahoe, CA20.9 mi.(530) 541-5000
Days Inn3530 Lk Tahoe BlvdSouth Lake Tahoe, CA20.9 mi.(530) 544-3445
Embassy Suites Hotel Lake Tahoe Resort4130 Lk Tahoe BlvdSouth Lake Tahoe, CA20.9 mi.(530) 544-5400
Forest Inn SuitesOne LK PkwySouth Lake Tahoe, CA20.9 mi.(916) 541-6655

Carnelian Bay Weather & Climate

The Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, just west of the Nevada state line has an alpine mountain climate. This high mountain region is known as one of the chilliest spots in the country, which comes as a big surprise to many that visit California. Nestled between the Sierra Nevada peaks, the towns of Truckee and Graeagle, and the Donner Lake region, often gets an inversion, whereby cold air is trapped overnight, thus the reason for the extreme cold temperatures in the very early morning hours - even in summertime. As the sun comes up, the temperature begins to rise and daytime highs are usually quite pleasant. Large amounts of snow are received in the higher elevations of the Sierras - up to 40 feet. Rain is possible any month of the year, although most occurs October through April. Mountain weather conditions can change quickly, and rain in the lower elevations can mean snow, sleet or ice in the higher elevations.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 40°F 20°F 6.01 in. -
February 42°F 21°F 5.71 in. -
March 45°F 24°F 4.57 in. -
April 51°F 27°F 1.82 in. -
May 60°F 33°F 1.21 in. -
June 69°F 39°F 0.77 in. -
July 77°F 44°F 0.33 in. -
August 77°F 44°F 0.46 in. -
September 70°F 39°F 0.90 in. -
October 60°F 32°F 1.95 in. -
November 47°F 25°F 4.25 in. -
December 41°F 20°F 4.68 in. -

Carnelian Bay Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Truckee Tahoe airport (TRK) located about 7 miles northwest of Carnelian Bay in Truckee, California, the Lake Tahoe airport (TVL) located approximately 23 miles south of Carnelian Bay in South Lake Tahoe, California, the Minden Tahoe airport (MEV) located roughly 23 miles southeast of Carnelian Bay in Minden, Nevada, the Reno Tahoe International airport (RNO) located around 25 miles northeast of Carnelian Bay in Reno, Nevada, and finally the Reno Stead airport (4SD) located about 32 miles northeast of Carnelian Bay in Reno, Nevada.

Carnelian Bay Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Tahoe Amusement ParkSouth Lake TahoeCA20.9 mi.
Playland ParkRenoNV25.4 mi.
Wild IslandSparksNV27.6 mi.
FunderlandSacramentoCA88.1 mi.
Water Parks
Wild Island Family Adventure ParkSparksNV27.6 mi.
Waterworld USASacramentoCA88.1 mi.
Big Bear ParkWaterfordCA115.6 mi.
Golf Courses
Old Brockway Golf CourseKings BeachCA3.0 mi.
Tahoe City Golf CourseTahoe CityCA5.1 mi.
Ponderosa Golf CourseTruckeeCA8.0 mi.
Coyote Moon Golf ClubTruckeeCA8.8 mi.
Tahoe Donner Golf ClubTruckeeCA8.8 mi.
Eagle Valley Golf CourseCarson CityNV17.8 mi.
Empire Ranch Golf CourseCarson CityNV17.8 mi.
Silver Oak Golf CourseCarson CityNV17.8 mi.
Golf Club at Genoa LakesGenoaNV20.3 mi.
Sierra Nevada Golf RanchGenoaNV20.3 mi.
Bijou Municipal Golf CourseSouth Lake TahoeCA20.9 mi.
Lake Ridge Golf CourseRenoNV24.9 mi.
Lake Tahoe Golf CourseSouth Lake TahoeCA24.9 mi.
Northgate Golf ClubRenoNV24.9 mi.
Rosewood Lakes Golf CourseRenoNV24.9 mi.
Washoe Golf CourseRenoNV24.9 mi.
Wolf Run Golf Club at Fieldcreek RanchRenoNV24.9 mi.
Brookside Municipal Golf CourseRenoNV25.5 mi.
Tahoe Paradise Golf CourseSouth Lake TahoeCA26.1 mi.
Dayton Valley Country ClubDaytonNV26.3 mi.
Carson Valley Golf CourseGardnervilleNV27.0 mi.
DAndrea Golf & Country ClubSparksNV27.4 mi.
Red Hawk Golf Club At Wingfield SpringsSparksNV27.4 mi.
Wildcreek Golf CourseSparksNV28.6 mi.
Sierra Sage Golf CourseRenoNV29.6 mi.
Ski Areas
Alpine MeadowsTahoe CityCA4.9 mi.
Diamond PeakIncline VillageNV6.1 mi.
Squaw ValleyOlympic ValleyCA7.1 mi.
Northstar-at-TahoeTruckeeCA8.8 mi.
Tahoe DonnerTruckeeCA8.8 mi.
Ski HomewoodHomewoodCA10.6 mi.
Donner Ski RanchNordenCA16.0 mi.
Sugar Bowl TahoeNordenCA16.0 mi.
Heavenly Ski ResortSouth Lake TahoeCA21.2 mi.
Mount Rose Ski AreaRenoNV25.4 mi.
Sierra-at-TahoeTwin BridgesCA28.8 mi.
Kirkwood Ski ResortKirkwoodCA36.2 mi.
Bear ValleyBear ValleyCA52.7 mi.
Dodge RidgePinecrestCA64.2 mi.
June MountainJune LakeCA113.8 mi.
State Parks
Kings Beach State ParkCA3.3 mi. 
Burton Creek State ParkCA4.1 mi. 
Tahoe State ParkCA4.7 mi. 
Donner Memorial State ParkCA10.7 mi. 
Lake Tahoe State ParkNV10.9 mi. 
Sugar Pine Point State ParkCA12.4 mi. 
Snyder Meadows State ParkNV15.2 mi. 
Washoe Lake State ParkNV16.1 mi. 
D L Bliss State ParkCA17.1 mi. 
Emerald Bay State ParkCA19.1 mi. 
Dayton State ParkNV26.8 mi. 
Grover Hot Springs State ParkCA38.8 mi. 
Emigrant Trail MuseumTruckeeCA8.8 mi.(History)
Stewart Indian MuseumCarson CityNV17.4 mi.(History)
Nevada State Railroad MuseumCarson CityNV17.4 mi.(Technology)
Genoa Courthouse MuseumGenoaNV19.9 mi.(History)
W.M. Keck MuseumRenoNV25.4 mi.(History)
Nevada Historical SocietyRenoNV25.4 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Fleischmann PlanetariumRenoNV25.4 mi.(Science)
National Automobile MuseumRenoNV25.4 mi.(Technology)
Nevada Museum of ArtRenoNV25.4 mi.(Art)
Vernon Wood Museum of ArtDaytonNV26.2 mi.(Art)
Carson Valley Museum and Cultural CenterGardnervilleNV26.6 mi.(History)
Portola Railroad MuseumPortolaCA45.3 mi.(Technology)
Zoos and Aquariums
Sacramento ZooSacramentoCA88.1 mi.
Micke Grove ZooLodiCA99.3 mi.

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