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Address: Clearlake, CA
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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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Relaxing spot; geography enthusiasts

Clear Lake is believed to be the oldest lake in North America. The banks provide a nice hangout/fishing spot for the small town of Clearlake (yes, very creative name too). Notably... read more

Reviewed 16 January 2017
Mountain View, California
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San Jose, California
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

During spring break, we went to clear lake with kids. What a mistake. This place is very picture perfect only on the web sites !. When you go there, it is very depressing. No activities nothing you can do. All you can do is sit in the room and watch TV. You can't find any decent place for kids to... More 

Thank VSN7
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Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

My wife and I love lakes. We check them out wherever we go. The pictures looked amazing. What a geological specimen! Just over the mountain from Napa. How convenient! Oops. Do more due diligence. Upon arrival for a day trip we ran into the saddest letdown we have ever had for a trip, both in terms of squandered environment and... More 

1 Thank F Burke D
Mountain View, California
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161 reviews
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Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Clear Lake is believed to be the oldest lake in North America. The banks provide a nice hangout/fishing spot for the small town of Clearlake (yes, very creative name too). Notably the highest peak is Mt Konocti, a dormant dome volcano sitting in the Clear Lake Volcanic Field where you can spot other geological features like cinder domes and maars.... More 

1 Thank Sitie
Livermore, United States
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50 reviews
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Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

Love coming up to Clear Lake. Peaceful ,relaxing place to spend the weekend. Spots to stay for different occasions and lots of good v wineries, fishing and boating.

Thank Nancy B
Sacramento, California
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53 reviews
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Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

Love this little winery in the middle of nowhere! Good selection of reds, white and a Cabernet Rose' that was snaxing! The owners are good stewards of their land and adhere to sustainable growing practices. Service was amazing. Must visit.

1 Thank ibkphoto
Eugene, Oregon
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30 reviews
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Reviewed 21 July 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!

2 Thank viccot
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Reviewed 30 June 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 

2 Thank Shewhodoesnt
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 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 

3 Thank Michael D
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Reviewed 21 June 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 

1 Thank ROCruiser
Los Angeles, California
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65 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 June 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 

10 Thank Kim C

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