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Clear Lake

Clearlake, CA
+1 707-274-5652
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This is actually a really pretty lake but I have to admit that some of the neighborhoods around it... read more

Reviewed 4 March 2018
Alzor S
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Clear Lake the city is nothing much. There might be one coffee shop. The city is a lot less... read more

Reviewed 22 February 2018
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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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“bass” (8 reviews)
“lake county” (9 reviews)
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Clearlake, CA
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+1 707-274-5652
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"there are so many"
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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

This is actually a really pretty lake but I have to admit that some of the neighborhoods around it are kind of scary and run down and fall of poverty

2  Thank Alzor S
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Reviewed 22 February 2018

Clear Lake the city is nothing much. There might be one coffee shop. The city is a lot less picturesque than I expected. But Clear Lake the lake is fantastic. Who knew that place was here? The lake area is fantastic for driving, hiking, or...More

5  Thank 7,268
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Reviewed 4 December 2017

The town sits on this lake. Many small hotels and restaurants sit on the lake. Have seen a couple of boaters on the lake this past week.

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Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

... and enjoyed the scenery. It is a beautiful lake in the mountains. Unfortunately we did not have more time to play here.

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Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

As I sit on our rental home deck gazing out onto the pea green algae infested waters of Clearlake. I wonder who gave its name. It reminds me of Lake Elsinore in So. Cal. There's only one thing to say, disgusting. Dead fish floating from...More

7  Thank all-inclusive4me08
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Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

Seriously, "Clearlake", it is not. This lake has so much filamentous blue-green algae that a more fitting name, as many reviewers have noted, would be "Green Pea Soup Lake. Excess nutrients (sewage, fertilizer, etc,) plus toxic mercury have destroyed this ancient natural wonder. As a...More

3  Thank Robert A
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Reviewed 23 July 2017

We spent one day at Clear Lake as part of a road trip around northern California. When we finally reached our destination and got down to the lake, we found green water. Aquarists like myself are familiar with green water. It's an algae bloom of...More

5  Thank DustyMac
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Reviewed 21 July 2017

Beautiful Clearlake is one of the biggest lake in California...good boating with so Island. good fishing with catfish and bass treatment's each year. lots to do casino,s ,restaurants old town Keeseville and the people are friendly.

2  Thank KCCUDA
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Reviewed 17 July 2017

We stood in line at the market behind a number of people with food stamps. Town is run down and the denizens too.

4  Thank sndovale
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Reviewed 14 June 2017

This is a Federal Park, so it is kept clean and up to high standards. Lovely quaint (expensive) shops, few restaruants and nice beach. The water is very very cold, so you usally on see people swimming in there it is exceptional hot.

4  Thank beechwalkers
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Taresea R
1 January 2018|
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Response from all-inclusive4me08 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, but seriously, there are a lot better places to go.
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alisonhop
12 July 2017|
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Response from SissyBea |
It is safe unless there is a blue white slimy algae. The green stuff is just plant life. Water is best away from shore. Away from shore I would swim anywhere in the lake. Some areas have a lot of vine like weeds. Stay away... More
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latinlady32
26 November 2016|
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Response from Kim C | Reviewed this property |
Based on what I was told during my visit, the algae problem is bad only in August-September. That said, it has been an extended hot & dry season in CA this year as you know. If you call some of the local businesses (hotels... More
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