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Island Hopping at the Narrows

A 7-8 mile loop circling the narrowest portion of Clear Lake, around small islands at the base of Mt. Konocti.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 8 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview:  A beautiful loop circling the Narrows, past small islands near the base of Mount Konocti. Panoramic views of Mount Konocti, Kono Tayee... more »

Tips:  While the lake can be serenely mirrorlike, at any time, winds can be funneled into a “venturi effect” between Mount Konocti and Kono... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Konotayee

As you start out, paddle along the shoreline. You will pass numerous docks, heading west to the
“narrow” spot in the lake.

To the north, a velvety hill towers more than 2,000 feet above the water—Kono Tayee (1). In 1874, Captain Samuel Floyd, a wealthy seaman, built an estate on 300 acres at the base of the hill.

Once considered one of the... More

2. The Narrows

You are in the aptly named “Narrows”.

As you look around, imagine life in the 1800s. This was once the hub of travel from Lakeport to Lower Lake and Sulphur Bank in Clearlake Oaks. The first boats on the lake were Native American dugouts and tule canoes made from tied reeds. By the mid-1800s, sailboats were used as working vessels, hauling... More

3. Anderson Island

Heading south across the Narrows, you are approaching Buckingham Point. Paddle along the shoreline, and you soon pass Anderson Island (3) on the left, once the political and religious center of the Kamdot tribe.

At this point, Mount Konocti begins to dominate the view, its highest peak rising to an altitude of 4,299 feet above sea level (2,973... More

4. Howards Island

Ahead, you will see a small group of willows surrounded by tule wetlands. Small Howards Island (3) is often under water but can be a great place to stop and tie off to rest a bit and enjoy the view. As you face Mount Konocti, notice the dark, heavily forested area on the northeast slope. Known as
the “Black Forest,” this area never gets direct... More

5. Weekend Island

Head east, paddling past Weekend Island (5), noticeable for its windmill, and then Fruit Island (6), both of which are private residences.

6. Fruit Island

7. Windflower Point

Just ahead is Windflower Point and a small canal marked by a rock light. Paddle through here to
get back to the Clearlake Oaks Arm of the lake and back to your launch spot.

8. Fee-based boat launch at Braitos

Braito’s Marina - 1555 Eastlake Drive, Kelseyville on Buckingham Point. Launch only, fee-based.

9. Fee-based launch at Glenhaven Campground

Fee-based launch at Glenhaven Campground - 9625 E. Hwy 20, Glenhaven. Launch, camping, food, supplies.

10. Fee-based launch at Indian Beach Resort

Fee-based launch at Indian Beach Resort - 9945 E. Hwy 20, Clearlake Oaks. Launch, beach, lodging, day use.

11. Fee-based launch at 20 Oaks Cottages

Fee-based launch at 20 Oaks Cottages - 10503 E Hwy 20, Clearlake Oaks. Dock, beach, lodging, day use.