Nestled in the scenic landscapes of Northern California lies Clear Lake, a captivating natural wonder that beckons travelers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. With its impressive 68 square miles of surface area, Clear Lake proudly holds the title of being the largest natural freshwater lake entirely within the borders of California. The lake's crystal-clear waters are surrounded by lush green hills, creating a stunning backdrop for a variety of outdoor activities.

Clear Lake Activities

The lake's pleasant water temperature is one of its standout features, making it an oasis for water-based activities year-round. There are numerous coves to boat around and the lake is large enough to offer a variety of boating experiences, from cruising to fishing to watersports. You can also launch your own boat at one of the many public launch ramps, and If you don't have your own boat, don't worry, there are a number of marinas around Clear Lake where you can rent boats.

Clear Lake is a popular fishing destination in California, known for its abundant fish populations and clear waters. The lake is home to a variety of fish species, including bass, catfish, crappie, and salmon. The best time to fish here depends on the type of fish you are targeting. Bass fishing is best in the spring and fall, while catfish fishing is best in the summer. Crappie fishing is good year-round, but best in the spring and fall. Salmon fishing is best in the fall and winter.

Exploring Clear Lake

Clear Lake also hosts various events such as the Lake County Wine Adventure and the Konocti Challenge ( The Konocti Challenge is an annual cycling event that takes place around Clear Lake in California on the first Saturday in October ) attracting visitors from far and wide.

There are many dining choices around the Lake and one such gem is the Park Place Restaurant, renowned for its classic American cuisine. What sets it apart is its picturesque patio, offering serene lake views. Be sure to try their hand battered Fish & Chips, which is a local favorite!

The Boathouse at Steele Park offers a versatile and enjoyable dining experience, and if you're arriving by boat, you can conveniently dock and enter. With stunning lake views, live music on select nights, and a spacious outdoor area, it's the perfect place to relax and unwind after a day of exploring. And if you're feeling particularly hungry, don't miss their Titanic burger—it's a colossal must-try!

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Nearby Attractions

Beyond its water-based activities, Clear Lake boasts an array of other attractions and events. For trailblazers and hikers, there is the Clear Lake State park which offers trails, picnic areas and some pretty epic views! The Anderson Marsh State Historic Park is known for its diverse wildlife and is a haven for nature enthusiasts.

The region surrounding Clear Lake is also renowned for its wineries. The Brassfield Estate Winery is located in Clearlake Oaks and specializes in handcrafted wines made from grapes grown in the Clear Lake region. They offer a variety of wine tastings and tours.

Cache Creek Vineyards & Winery, situated in the charming town of Kelseyville, specializes in crafting wines from the grapes nurtured in the Valley. They offer a number of wine tasting experiences and guided tours. Additionally, it boasts a charming restaurant complete with an inviting outdoor patio, creating the ideal setting for a perfect midday lunch.

Clear Lake Access and Hours

There are three free boat ramp facilities with a total of seven lanes.