Clear Lake State Park is on the shores of California’s largest freshwater lake. The area is popular for water recreation, including swimming, fishing, boating and water-skiing. Anglers can catch largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, Sacramento perch, blackfish, carp and channel catfish. Professional bass fishing organizations including U.S. Bass, Cal Bass and Western Bass have designated Clear Lake the nation’s number one bass fishing lake. The current record for a largemouth bass caught there is over 17 1/2 pounds.
Hikers will enjoy the various hiking trails throughout the park. The Indian Nature Trail is a self-guided trail that passes through the site of what was once a Pomo village. The Dorn Trail allows hikers to witness the natural features of the park. The Kelsey Creek Trail is an accessible trail which highlights the waterfowl that inhabit Kelsey Slough.
There are four campgrounds at the park: Cole Creek, Kelsey Creek, Lower Bayview and Upper Bayview. Kelsey Creek campground is open year round. All sites can fit a maximum camper/trailer length of 35 feet. If you do not have a tent or an RV, the park also offers rental cabins. The cabins are located within feet of beautiful Clear Lake. Each cabin has a platform bunk bed (no pad or bedding), wood floors and covered porches. For more information on the cabins or to make a reservation go to ReserveAmerica.com or call 707-279-8526.
Stop by the Visitor Center for information while you are at the park. The Visitor Center at Clear Lake State Park features displays that focus on the area’s natural and cultural history, an aquarium exhibiting some of the lake’s fish species, and a gift shop.
WHERE: The entrance to the park is 3.5 miles northeast of Kelseyville on Soda Bay Rd.
MORE INFO: 707-279-2267 | Parks.Ca.gov