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Clear Lake

Clearlake, CA
707 274 5652
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Ranked #2 of 3 Attractions in Clearlake
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Swimming, Driving, Fishing
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Owner description: Clear Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake entirely within California, with 68 square miles of surface area. The expansive, warm water of Clear Lake makes it ideal for recreation, including swimming, water skiing, sailing, and boating. Its scenic beauty and abundant wildlife - combined with the clearnest air in California - make Clear lake an excellent place to slow down, enjoy nature, and just plain relax.Quality grapes, visionary winemakers, and high elevation terroir make Lake County one of California's premier viticultural regions. With 35-plus wineries and almost 9,000 acres planted in winegrapes, the area is reclaiming its pre-Prohibition reputation.

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English first
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

There are so many places that you can go to like Napa, Austin, Tahoe and others where "it used to be so cool." You know, before everybody knew about it. Consider the Clear Lake area to be that today. Clear Lake and its surrounds offer an authentic, rural travel experience. There are farm stands that real farmers operate. You can... More

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Reno, Nevada
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

I understand that Clearlake is not a destination vacation spot. But, my goodness clean the place up. This could be a beautiful area and lake if maintained. It appears that California's welfare population must flock to this area for refuge.

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Temecula, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Although my family and I had a great time at Clearlake, you have to be aware that the algae in the lake is going to impact your trip in some way. We stayed a week and had almost no algae to deal with the first few days, then the wind stopped and the green algae floated into our dock area... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

They got a town directly located at a nice lake, with lot's of lake front. And what did they do with it. Nothing, zero. No place to linger at the water front, or to rest and nice trees with some lush green. Nothing. What a waste.

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Berlin, Germany
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 via mobile

As tourist from germany you have the chance here to see the other side of the US of the poor without health care and houseowners in ghettos behind walls.

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

There were homeless people fighting and asking for money... a local even hit a homeless man with his car and sped off. I felt uncomfortable after that and cut my visit short.

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Middletown, California
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

If you enjoy a beautiful, tranquil weekend away, come to Lake County. Just a few hours from the San Francisco Bay Area are a host of friendly small towns. There are plenty of wineries, excellent fishing and lots of places to just relax and enjoy the scenery. There's NO traffic, no long lines and no hassles...

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Hidden Valley Lake, California, United States
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Located in the beautiful Guenoc Valley in Lake County, Langtry Estates offers not only wonderful wines but also a beautiful place to have a picnic, hold a wedding, or wine taste. We recently had our company picnic at this location and it was a wonderful relaxing time for all. We all loved the views, wildlife, and enjoyed ourselves immensely!

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Norton, Massachusetts
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Last month I had the opportunity to spend the day on Clear Lake, mostly fishing, but enjoying the views and swimming from a boat on the largest lake in CA and the oldest in North America. Sure, a couple of places had algae and weeds and where the algae blooms were the largest, it smelled. We moved on--it's huge--nearly 70... More

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Napa, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

We drove through Clearlake and Lucerne to get to the town of Nice where we stayed this past weekend to visit family. Don't bother fishing in the Lake because it is green and is filled with algae. There are a few casinos nearby that has really great deals on their buffets (all you can eat seafood for $19.95).

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