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Lake Clementine

501 El Dorado St, Auburn State Recreation Area, Auburn, CA 95603-4949
+1 530-885-4527
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A great place to see genuine California

This is a bit hidden. It's where the locals boat and swim with care as there is a damn there. Not... read more

Reviewed 19 May 2016
Rene R
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Auburn, California
Best kept secret around

Almost think I shouldn't be sharing. We have enjoyed Lake Clementine for years and can't say enough... read more

Reviewed 9 February 2016
Danielle N
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Auburn, California
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501 El Dorado St, Auburn State Recreation Area, Auburn, CA 95603-4949
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+1 530-885-4527
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Reviewed 19 May 2016

This is a bit hidden. It's where the locals boat and swim with care as there is a damn there. Not much parking but it great for hiking and sitting on the ledge overlooking the damn. It is very serene in summer and a bit...More

Thank Rene R
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Reviewed 9 February 2016

Almost think I shouldn't be sharing. We have enjoyed Lake Clementine for years and can't say enough how much we love it. We normally boat in and camp on the sand beach. For a day visit you can head to upper lake and swim at...More

1  Thank Danielle N
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Reviewed 7 February 2016

Fantastic day with family! Bring your own food, snacks, drinks and enjoy a beautiful day in the sunshine. I recommend late spring, early summer... or all summer for that matter. Being in the foothills, it's a nice spot always a few degrees cooler than down...More

Thank Nannielle
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Reviewed 14 January 2016

Great place for kayaking, especially sit-on-top kayaks. Short distance off the freeway; however be careful on the park road down. With reservations through the state park I believe you can camp overnight. Great for seeing wildlife. Various waterfowl visit the lake on their migratory treks....More

1  Thank IrishTomKat
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Reviewed 28 September 2015

Have not been to Lake Clementine in over 30 years. What a change. Roads improved dramatically and much more parking for vehicles and trailers. Still a bit of a long road down to the boat launch, but the road is paved. Welcomed by very nice...More

Thank raylin15600
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Reviewed 8 September 2015 via mobile

Read several reviews about lake clementine being a good place to hike...warning...it's not! We went to upper lake clementine and no trails. The other area of lake clementine did not appear to have good trails tho we did not try since hot and tired driving...More

1  Thank Laura A
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Reviewed 19 August 2015

Lake Clementine is accessible by paved road from Auburn, about 1/2 hr away. Lower lake has nice launch ramp and parking. Some power boats here, but mid-week use is almost exclusively canoe and kayaks. $10 fee. Upper lake is shallower and restricted to non-power craft....More

Thank Jeff95747
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Reviewed 1 July 2015

Launch your kayak at upper Lake Clementine. The water is clear and still. The water is shallow and you can see every detail of the river bed. It is as if you are floating in air. No power boats are allowed on the upper portion...More

3  Thank joszeph_pelikan
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Reviewed 4 June 2015

We found out about this place when we signed up for an introductory stand up paddle board (SUP) class through REI. I was initially anxious because of the current but it turned out to be a great place to learn how to SUP. Dirt parking...More

2  Thank Kim398
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Reviewed 11 April 2015 via mobile

If you look across the lake there is an outcrop of rock. In history it is said to be a place where bank, train, an any type of robber took the money and went there to hide it. It is also a meeting place for...More

5  Thank Kim M
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Response from Linda M | Reviewed this property |
First of all, your main consideration should be the vehicle you own. If you have a high carriage SUV or pickup truck, either entry should be fine. The lower entrance is paved. The hike at the lower turn-off is very steep... More
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