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Address: 501 El Dorado Street, Auburn State Recreation Area, Auburn, CA 95603
Phone Number: 530-885-4527
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Beautiful small lake at top of hill. Good hike for kids

Lake Clementine is a hidden lake best reached via short hike from the parking area. Bring snacks or a lunch, dogs and kids as well. The uphill hike is along a mostly paved... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
John H
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Sacramento, California, United States
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Sacramento, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lake Clementine is a hidden lake best reached via short hike from the parking area. Bring snacks or a lunch, dogs and kids as well. The uphill hike is along a mostly paved road. If you've the time, another short walk down a path near the dam leads to great views of the water coursing over the spillway. Keep a... More 

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Auburn, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

This is a bit hidden. It's where the locals boat and swim with care as there is a damn there. Not much parking but it great for hiking and sitting on the ledge overlooking the damn. It is very serene in summer and a bit dicey in the spring as the Sierra's melt. You will love it. Watch out for... More 

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Auburn, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016

Almost think I shouldn't be sharing. We have enjoyed Lake Clementine for years and can't say enough how much we love it. We normally boat in and camp on the sand beach. For a day visit you can head to upper lake and swim at the river, dogs love it!

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Cool, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2016

Fantastic day with family! Bring your own food, snacks, drinks and enjoy a beautiful day in the sunshine. I recommend late spring, early summer... or all summer for that matter. Being in the foothills, it's a nice spot always a few degrees cooler than down in the valley which makes it nice for later summer as well when trying to... More 

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Thank Nannielle
Cool, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2016

Great place for kayaking, especially sit-on-top kayaks. Short distance off the freeway; however be careful on the park road down. With reservations through the state park I believe you can camp overnight. Great for seeing wildlife. Various waterfowl visit the lake on their migratory treks. It is also used by motorboats; although there has only been a few at any... More 

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Auburn, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

Have not been to Lake Clementine in over 30 years. What a change. Roads improved dramatically and much more parking for vehicles and trailers. Still a bit of a long road down to the boat launch, but the road is paved. Welcomed by very nice State Parks employees.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015 via mobile

Read several reviews about lake clementine being a good place to hike...warning...it's not! We went to upper lake clementine and no trails. The other area of lake clementine did not appear to have good trails tho we did not try since hot and tired driving the bumpy road down to the lake...the other entrance into the lake was extremely narrow.... More 

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Thank Laura A
Roseville, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Lake Clementine is accessible by paved road from Auburn, about 1/2 hr away. Lower lake has nice launch ramp and parking. Some power boats here, but mid-week use is almost exclusively canoe and kayaks. $10 fee. Upper lake is shallower and restricted to non-power craft. The lake is formed by a dam across the north fork of the American River... More 

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Auburn, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Launch your kayak at upper Lake Clementine. The water is clear and still. The water is shallow and you can see every detail of the river bed. It is as if you are floating in air. No power boats are allowed on the upper portion of the lake, so it is quiet and serene. Early in the morning is best.... More 

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Davis, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

We found out about this place when we signed up for an introductory stand up paddle board (SUP) class through REI. I was initially anxious because of the current but it turned out to be a great place to learn how to SUP. Dirt parking close to the water. Easy entry into the water. We arrived at 8:30 am on... More 

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