Clear Lake Modoc County
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Canoe, Kayak, SUP, Kayak Fishing & Camping Info
Clear Lake Reservoir is part of the Clear Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Except for limited waterfowl and pronghorn antelope hunting during the regular California State seasons, the refuge is closed to all public access to protect fragile habitats and to reduce disturbance to wildlife. At this time we do not allow canoeing or kayaking on the refuge. It is closed to all entry other than the posted hunting season.
Fishing not permitted at Clear Lake Reservoir.
Wind & Weather Conditions: The average depth at maximum capacity is only about 20 feet. it has a very high rate of evaporation. In 1998, 74,500 acre feet of water from the reservoir evaporated, more than any other lake in the state besides Shasta Lake, which has over eight times the volume. This is a problem since the dam now provides water for irrigation of the eastern half of the Klamath Basin.
Open: The campground is open from July to mid-October weather permitting. The refuge is closed to public access between spring and fall, in order to protect the wildlife.
Lake Facilities: Only non-powered boats are allowed. The facilities include hiking, non-powered boating, photography, and bird watching.