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Clear Lake                   

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Clear Lake Canoe, Kayak, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information 

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

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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.

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.

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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-thirds 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.

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

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), fisThe Best Places to Kayak in California Guide Bookhing, 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.




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