DID YOU KNOW…Carnelian Bay is named for semi-precious stones?
According to Mark McLaughlin’s Tahoe Nuggets, on thestormking.com, the north shore bay was first named Cornelian Bay, but changed to Carnelian Bay in the 1880s.
The beaches were littered with translucent red and yellow carnelian stones, which drew visitors, according to McLaughlin, and a few are still left to be found.
Washoe Indians used Carnelian Bay in the summer for fishing, hunting, and gathering seeds, mushrooms, and berries, McLaughlin wrote.
Dr. George Bourne opened a health spa in Carnelian Bay in 1871.
In the mid 1990s, the California Tahoe Conservancy began restoration projects of Tahoe wetlands, removing several thousand yards of landfill in Carnelian Bay.
” Sun staff report