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Address: Clearlake, CA
Phone Number: 707 274 5652
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Activities: Swimming, Driving, Fishing
Description: Clear Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake entirely within...
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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It's not clear and smells bad.

The lake is green and smells bad... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed June 14, 2015
mattpequegnat
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Los Gatos, California
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Seattle, Washington
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39 reviews 39 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

I've been to Clearlake once before about two years ago and it was beautiful. On this trip, the beauty is still there, but the lake smells like sewage. Perhaps it's because of the drought or because of the mercury contamination. We had plan to stay in town, but the smell gave us both a headache, so we moved on. It's... More 

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Madera, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 NEW

My father and husband and I traced the childhood places where my mother (now deceased) grew up and spent her younger years and this beautiful place was on the list of places she grew up in, It is very quiet and beautiful.

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Los Gatos, California
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70 reviews 70 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

The lake is green and smells bad ............................................................................................................................................................................................................

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We have been going to the Clearlake area for years. Used to live in Ukiah, Ca that is 35 minutes from there. Lots of good shopping and eating in Ukiah. Lots of activities at Clear Lake. Boating, Golfing, wine tasting, or just relaxing. Fall and Spring best times to go.

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Rohnert Park, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

the area has a major drug problem high unemployment lots of homelless. they are trying to get it back to what it once was.It is starting to show improvement

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Pacifica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Clear Lake is a different place for sure.! The Ying and the Yang if you will. Having said that, it is a beautiful lake that offers recreation that is almost impossible to find on other lakes. Everyone knows about the bass fishing. Bassmasters rated it the #2 bass fishing lake in the entire USA. We don't fish, but recreate on... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Very gorgeous and beautiful ! perfect for low budget travelling its a must if you are already in Napa Valley ! Enjoy !

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Napa, California, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

So, you may have heard that this was the lake that Rachel Carson wrote about in her famous book, "Silent Spring", one of the early books in the environmentalist movement. Back in the 1980's, I interviewed a gentleman who was born around here in the earliest part of the century. We sat in a small house on the edge of... More 

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La Canada, California
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360 helpful votes 360 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Clear Lake has become a murky body of water...people do swim in it but I certainly wouldn't. Boating is popular and I do see some people fish. The real problem with the lake are the communities that surround it. The shoreline is littered with decaying boat piers and docks. Many of the homes (especially in the city of Clearlake) are... More 

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Clear Lake is a large lake which is about a 60-90 minute drive north of Napa Valley. It is a scenic lake. It is most popular in the summer when there are water sports. The area is definitely laid back with small family restaurants and bars. It is NOT a trendy lake, but one where you can go and feel... More 

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Address: Address: Clearlake, CA
Phone Number: 707 274 5652
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lake County  >  Clearlake

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