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Address: Clearlake, CA
Phone Number: 707 274 5652

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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We are staying a second night on the lake. First night was in Lakeport and we are on the other side tonight in Clear Lake. There are tons of cute motels and cottages around the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2016
Eugene, Oregon
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Eugene, Oregon
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24 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

We are staying a second night on the lake. First night was in Lakeport and we are on the other side tonight in Clear Lake. There are tons of cute motels and cottages around the lake. All kind of restaurants and something for everyone!

Thank viccot
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016 via mobile

I've lived some of the best years of my life in Clearlake, Lucerne to be specific. Back then the lake really was clear. Fishing was always fantastic people were great and we always looked forward to tourist season. The natural hot springs were wonderful and you could interact with nature. Recently I went there and was surprised at the changes... More 

1 Thank Shewhodoesnt
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

Yes the algae is disappointing. We chose not to swim from the dock of our rental home, but there are enough redeeming qualities to return again next summer. We enjoyed the casinos and wineries in the area on the days we were not on the lake. Yes on not in the lake, jet skiing was a legendary adventure for us.... More 

2 Thank Michael D
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432 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

We took Hwy 20 from Williams just so we could see the lake on this scenic route to get us to 101. When we first saw the lake we were disappointed that we couldn't stop because there was no parking anywhere. Seemed like all the land near the lake was occupied by private properties. We finally found the Alpine park... More 

Thank ROCruiser
Los Angeles, California
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50 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

Considering a 2nd home purchase, we visited this lake a few weeks ago and spent 1 fabulous day swimming in the middle of this magnificent looking, huge lake! My family enjoyed the warmish water and skied all day long. Fun!!! We were ready to take the plunge on purchasing our summer home and then came across the algae stench stories.... More 

5 Thank Kim C
Penticton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

It looked great on the map. It really did. Nice big lake, more or less on the way to where we were going, ought to be some nice RV parks. Ooops. Some highlights: more meth heads than I have ever seen in one place; roads that would suit a third world country; abandoned homes everywhere; directional signs for businesses that... More 

5 Thank Bruce V
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016 via mobile

So scary. The person who reviewed it saying scary movie town and the sherif is in on it was exactly right. No shore to play. No beach. No designated swimming areas. The people in the town looked scary. Yard sales all over the place. No grocery store.

4 Thank Celeste T
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25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

I flew to Reno with a friend for a week long vacation to include Lake Tahoe and some destinations in California, one of them being Clear Lake and the surrounding area. I was hesitant after reading the mixed reviews online, but since I didn't plan the vacation, I went along for the ride, thinking I would make the best of... More 

5 Thank Pirateslifeforme00
Santa Fe
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24 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016 via mobile

This is a great drive winter or summer. The scenery is beautiful and though highway 20 has roadwork usually every summer, make sure your car doesn't have a bad radiator, I enjoyed traveling through it in the rainy months. Lots of slow traveling because most speed limits are low through the many small towns. But worth it every time. They... More 

Thank Melva J
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49 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

I reviewed this awhile ago. I am reviewing it again. The lake is beautiful and full. Great place for water sports. The wildlife and bird watching is fabulous from a boat. I still will never stay in the city of Clearlake again. It is just a trashy place. However, Lakeport is a cute little city with great people. Completely different... More 

3 Thank 240jacqulineh

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