Clear Lake                   

Kayaking Clear Lake 
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Clear Lake Canoe, Kayak, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information

Area Map #139 Miles of Shoreline: 100 Lake Surface Acres: 43,000 Elevation: 1326’ Address: 5300 Soda Bay Road Kelseyville, CA 95451     Ph:707-279-2267

Paddle Notes:  Clear Lake is truly a paddlers paradise with lakeside camping surrounded by pine forests and miles of shoreline to explore. With more than 43,000 surface acres and 100 miles of shoreline, Clear Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake that lies completely within the borders of California.

Swimming, boating, kayaking and kayaking Clear Lakeother water sports are extremely popular at Clear Lake, but  there's ample room for kayaking, fishing, swimming, sailing, waterskiing, wakeboarding and other water sports.

Photo Credit Marty Meading

Clear Lake is open to all types of boating and offers a wide range of recreational activities such as fishing, swimming, hiking, bicycling and windsurfing.  Whatever your preference, an abundance of recreational activities will be right at your fingertips.

If you paddle in the early morn, you can observe wildlife feeding along the shore, in a diverse and beautiful setting.  Bird lovers and kayak photographers will feast their eyes on the wide variety of bird species including ducks,  pelicans, blue herons, green herons, osprey, grebes, egrets, cormorants, valley quail, mourning doves, horned owls, 

There are ten free boat launches located at: Lake side County Park, Lake Shore Drive, Crystal Lake Way, Lakeshore Drive, Lucerne Harbor County Park, Clear Lake Avenue, and First Street, Third Street and Fifth Street ramps. Contact the Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce for complete information on the hordes of other resorts, campgrounds and marinas in the area.

Clear Lake Water Trail

Water Trail 1: Rattlesnake Island - 4 mile loop
Water Trail 2:
Tule Maze at Anderson Marsh - 6 mile loop
Water Trail 3:
Cache Creek Dam - 10 miles round trip
Water Trail 4:
 Island Hopping in the Narrows- 8 mile loop
Water Trail 5:
Volcanic Vents of Soda Bay - 6-9 miles round trip
Water Trail 6:
Wetlands of Long Tule Point - 8-10 miles round trip
Water Trail 7:
Rodman Slough - 8 miles round trip

Kayak Fishing: Clear Lake is a premier fishing destination for giant-size bass. it is known as the “Bass Capital of the West,” The lake’s record for largemouth bass is 17.52 pounds. Other species of fish caught at Clear Lake include catfish, crappie, bluegill and carp, but two-Kayaing Clear Lakethirds of the fish caught in the lake are largemouth bass. Clear Lake produces more catfish than any other lakes located in California. Clear Lake is home to numerous fishing tournaments each year.

Photo Credit Marty Meading

Wind & Weather Conditions: The gusty wind conditions common at Clear Lake are superb for sailing and windsurfing, but unfortunately, not for paddling unless you start your day early before the wind picks up. The lake’s warm water temperature is inviting for swimming and waterskiing during the summertime. The daytime high air temperatures range from the mid-80s to the low 90s during the summer months, and between 50 to 75 degrees during the spring and fall.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 54 57 62 68 77 85 92 92 86 75 90 54
Low 33 35 37 39 44 50 54 53 49 43 37 33

Terrain: The lake is nineteen miles in length and eight miles in width at its widest point. Most of the lake’s water is from rain runoff. There are numerous RV resorts and campgrounds situated around its one hundred miles of shoreline

 In May a brilliant display of colorful wildflowers can be seen. Lush green water grass rims the shoreline around the lake’s perimeter. Many residences located on the lake’s shore have private beaches. A tiny rocky island offer a choice of places to explore. During the spring and late summer, the lake’s warm and shallow water creates an ugly algae floating on the water surface which produce a foul odor.

Open: Clear Lake is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day for boating, year-round. NOTE: Beginning April 8, 2008 all motorized and non-motorized vessels including boats, trailers, kayaks, canoes, jet skis, inflatable rafts, etc. will be required to obtain an inspection sticker prior to launching. For more information call the Lake County Mussel hotline at: Ph: 707 263-2556 SUP Boarding Clear lake

Fees: There are day use, launch, pet and camping fees.

Facilities: The facilities consist of ten free boat launches, a snack bar, full-service marinas, restaurants, boat rentals, (including kayaks), fishing, hiking, sailing, jet and waterskiing and windsurfing. Pets are allowed. Kayaks and canoes are available for rent at the park concession. Kayaks can be launched at the boat launch, swim beach, and beachfront campsites.

Directions: From the city of Calpella, head north on U.S. Highway 101. Exit onto Highway 20 traveling east for twenty miles. Turn right and drive south on Highway 29 for twelve miles. Turn left on Soda Bay Road to reach Clear Lake State Park. Map


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