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“sad & polluted”
Review of Clear Lake

Clear Lake
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Clearlake
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed October 3, 2013

Clearlake was a great destination but an algae a few years ago has made the lake green, scummy and you sure don't go in it. Sad.


5  Thank milwaukee1954
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

We drove up here to look at it as a possible retirement home area, NOT!!!! I am sure there are some very beautiful places on the lake but, the communities of Clearlake, Clearlake Oaks, Lucerne, and Nice are full of what appears to be derelicts and druggies, total tweekerville. We will not be considering this area at all. It looks like most of the building happened prior to any building codes being in place, I am surprised that so many people have so little pride in their homes. We are not nose in the air snobs but we do want a safe, clean community that we would be proud to have someone come to visit. This place is a total FAIL!!!!!!!

18  Thank ohmamalisa
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Reviewed August 16, 2013 via mobile

The lake is beautiful. Great views from where we were staying but the actual lake it gross... So much algae!! Very disappointed that we could not swim! And there are lots of weird people!!

7  Thank ars629
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

We stayed at a rental house just north of Lakeporr and had a wonderful stay! ! We enjoyed fishing and many types of water sports. The wine tasting is not to be missed! ! A wonderful vacation close to home!!

5  Thank highnotemom
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

The whole area surrounding this huge ocean-like lake is underdeveloped, rustic. At the southern end, there are small towns, at the north end, a larger small town, Lakeport. In between are simply little villages that are rather run down. The lake is towered by an extinct volcano, Mt. Konocti, and is forested with mostly oak trees. This area is dry and hot in the summer. Lake county has little in the way of business or industry other than small tourist casinos and water activities. Camping is at the nearby State park near Kelseyville, which offers a boat launch and beach also. Lakeport offers mostly jet skis, parasailing, boating, fishing. The southern end of the lake offers similar activities. For such a large lake, there are only a few decent beaches and one in the State Park. Because the lake is so vast, crowded boating areas is not a problem. Driving from end of the lake to the other takes up to 30 minutes or more, most of the roads are two lane. I prefer using the lakeside road that hugs the water on the east side of the lake. The views are great and it just reminds me of a resort. The road on the west side takes you away from the lakeside view. Clearlake offers a rustic vacation that is inexpensive. There are few four star hotels, the best is maybe three stars. The lake is really not an international destination or even out of state like Lake Tahoe is, it is more for in-state visitors. Other than lake activities, there is really not much else. I would not call the area a "resort" but it is good for most water sports and camping. The whole area is VERY laid-back in atmosphere, so don't worry about how you look or what to wear. It is NOT high end, but low end. From Santa Rosa, it is about 1.5 hrs either up Hwy 101 or through Calistoga and Mt. St. Helena, which is a 3500 ft mountain. If you are not into water activities, the sightseeing will not be worth it alone.

12  Thank perryaam
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