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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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Largest fresh water lake completely within CA state lines

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Napa, California, United States
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Napa, California, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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106 attraction reviews
326 helpful votes 326 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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Shanghai
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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
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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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