Fannette Island

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Fannette Island
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Fannette Island
Fannette Island is located in California
Fannette Island
Fannette Island
Fannette Island is located in the US
Fannette Island
Fannette Island
Geography
Location Lake Tahoe
Coordinates 38°57′15″N 120°06′02″W / 38.9540745°N 120.1004631°W / 38.9540745; -120.1004631Coordinates: 38°57′15″N 120°06′02″W / 38.9540745°N 120.1004631°W / 38.9540745; -120.1004631
Area 91,752 sq ft (8,524.0 m2)
Coastline 1,718 ft (523.6 m)
Administration
USA
State California
County El Dorado
Demographics
Population 0
Pop. density 0 /sq mi (0 /km2)
Additional information
Time zone
 • Summer (DST)

Fannette Island is the only island in Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada, United States. It lies within Emerald Bay, on the California side of the lake. Over a long period of time, it was called many different names, including Coquette, Fanette, Baranoff, Dead Man's, Hermit's, and Emerald Isle. Fannette Island is a part of Emerald Bay State Park. It is accessible by boat, canoe, or kayak. Swimming to the island is not allowed, due to hazards including extremely cold waters and boat traffic in the area.

Emerald Bay with Fannette Island

The ruins of a small stone building stand on the island. This ruin is the "Tea House", constructed by Mrs. Lora Josephine Knight, the owner of Vikingsholm.

Fannette Island was the home of Captain Dick "Them's my toes" Barter from 1863 to 1873. The eccentric captain had moved from England and built his own tomb and chapel on the island. He enjoyed sailing and earned his nickname from his penchant of showing his self-amputated toes to guests. Ironically, he was never interred in the chapel he built, as he was lost in a storm off Rubicon Point in 1873.

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