Clear Lake

State Park - California

Clear Lake State Park is popular for water recreation. Amenities include 149 developed campsites spread across four campground areas, two group campsites, a swimming beach with showers, a boat launch, and a marina. Since the area is a major breeding ground for grebes, there's a broad "no wake" zone in the Cole Creek launch area and near the reedy shoreline, which is conducive to canoeing and kayaking.

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https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=473 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clear_Lake_State_Park_(California) Clear Lake State Park is popular for water recreation. Amenities include 149 developed campsites spread across four campground areas, two group campsites, a swimming beach with showers, a boat launch, and a marina. Since the area is a major breeding ground for grebes, there's a broad "no wake" zone in the Cole Creek launch area and near the reedy shoreline, which is conducive to canoeing and kayaking.
Our Mission Clear Lake State Park The mission of California State Parks is to provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state’s extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation. California’s largest natural lake dates back to the early Pleistocene era, more than 1.5 million years ago. California State Parks supports equal access. Prior to arrival, visitors with disabilities who need assistance should contact the park at (707) 279-4293. This publication can be made available in alternate formats. Contact interp@parks.ca.gov or call (916) 654-2249. CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS P.O. Box 942896 Sacramento, CA 94296-0001 For information call: (800) 777-0369 (916) 653-6995, outside the U.S. 711, TTY relay service www.parks.ca.gov Discover the many states of California.™ Clear Lake State Park 5300 Soda Bay Road Kelseyville, CA 95451 (707) 279-4293 © 2009 California State Parks (Rev. 2012) C Pioneers arrived acres bordering the shores of Clear Lake and in 1826 and which in turn is to be transferred to the State lear Lake State began to settle in of California for use as a public park.” The Park is located on the territory inhabited county deeded the land to the State in 1948, southwestern shore by the native preserving the property for future generations. of California’s largest people, which natural lake. More than NATURAL HISTORY often resulted in 120,000 visitors each The most prominent of the region’s many violence. Tribal year come to swim, fish, volcanic cones is 4,200-foot Mount Konocti, leaders eventually boat, waterski, picnic just southwest of the park. Konocti is classified signed an 1851 and camp. The park sits as an active volcano, although it has been treaty with the U.S. on the edge of Soda Bay, View of Mt. Konocti from the swim area government that dormant for thousands of years. named for a spring of The Clear Lake region is geologically gave the natives 72 miles of lakefront land and carbonated water that rises from the bottom active—as seen by the many hot springs in the a promise of peace. However, this and many of the lake and bubbles at the surface. area. At the turn of the 20th century, hundreds subsequent government agreements for the Summer temperatures often reach over 100 of health-seekers traveled by rail and stage Pomo to regain their land were canceled or degrees, but most nights cool off comfortably. to the local mineral springs resorts, which dishonored. In 1983, 17 California tribes sued In winter it may snow in the park. Between promised to cure everything from rheumatism for and gained permanent federal recognition. October and March, temperatures can dip to to obesity. The Big Valley Pomo began buying back their 20 degrees, and rain is fairly common. Clear Lake State Park is a refuge and former tribal lands. Today the Big Valley Pomo Park History nesting place for many varieties of waterfowl. enjoy a thriving government and are working Wood ducks nest in the trees; mallards find Native People toward self-sufficiency. homes in the grass and tules. Other birds The predominant culture surrounding The Land Becomes a State Park include herons, egrets, white pelicans, great the lake was Pomo. The west side of what After the Pomo land was confiscated by the horned owls, bushtits, northern flickers, redis now Kelsey Creek was inhabited by government, it was granted to Salvador Vallejo, shouldered hawks and osprey. the Xabenapo Pomo, now known as the who grazed his Trail users may spot Big Valley Pomo. Surrounded by Pomo livestock in the area. wildlife such as Beechey neighbors, the Lile’ek Wappo were allowed For the next 90 years, ground squirrels, minks, the use of land east of Kelsey Creek in successive owners muskrats, western pond today’s park. The Southeastern Pomo lived used the land for turtles and, rarely, a bobcat east of the Lile’ek people. grazing, dairy farming, or mountain lion. The Pomo were hunters and gatherers. hunting and fishing. In March, the bright They built tule boats to fish and used In 1947, thenmagenta flowers of western obsidian (cooled volcanic lava) from Mt. owners Fred and redbud stand out in the Konocti for tool-making and barter. Complex Nellie Dorn sent a landscape. California Pomo baskets, made from plant material and letter to Lake County buckeyes leaf out and often adorned with feathers, were and still Edward Curtis’s “The Hunter on Lake Pomo” officials “granting the prepare to bloom. Manzanita, are among the finest baskets made. Photographed at Clear Lake, 1931 County of Lake 330 mountain mahogany and basket bush shrubs are common. The toyon, with its red winter berries, flourishes. Foothill pines, blue oaks and California bay laurel are prominent in woodlands; black cottonwood, California black walnut and willow trees are found near streams. REcreation Visitor Center—Located we
Clear Lake State Park 5300 Soda Bay Road, Kelseyville, CA 95451 • (707) 279-4293 CAMPING & CABINS: Camping accommodations are available year-round at Clear Lake State Park. Reservations are recommended mid-May through mid-September. Up to 8 people may occupy a campsite. There are 8 cabins available; each can accommodate up to 4 people. Cabins offer fire rings, picnic tables and barbecues. Showers and restrooms are nearby. No tents are allowed on cabin sites. Check-in time is 2 p.m. Checkout is noon. GROUP CAMPS: Group campsites A and B can accommodate up to 40 people each. Located along Cole Creek, they offer picnic tables, food lockers, fire rings and barbecue facilities. Group campsite #132 in the Upper Bay View Campground can accomodate up to 14 people. See CAMPING RESERVATIONS at the bottom of the page for contact information. DAY USE: Hiking, picnicking, fishing, swimming and boating facilities are available for day-use. Dogs, bicycles, vehicles and smoking are prohibited on hiking trails. Bicycles are allowed on paved roads. Helmets are required for children under 18 years old. CAMPFIRES are permitted only in facilities provided for this purpose. Portable stoves are allowed in picnic areas. Wood gathering is prohibited in all state parks. Firewood is available for sale at the park entrance or at the camp host site. NOISE: Quiet hours are 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Music and conversation should not be heard outside of your campsite and must be discontinued after 10 p.m. Generators may only be operated between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. VEHICLES: All vehicle travel is confined to paved roads and parking areas. The speed limit is 15 mph. All motor vehicles must be parked on paved parking spurs in campgrounds or designated parking areas. Transporting passengers in the rear of a pickup truck is illegal unless they are seated in a rear passenger seat with seat belts in use. DOGS must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet and under control at all times. They must be confined to a vehicle or tent at night and must not be left unattended at any time. PLEASE pick up after your dog! TRASH AND RECYCLING: Dispose of trash in designated bins, and recycle items in the blue plastic receptacles located throughout the park. Blue plastic bags for recycled items are available at the park entrance. BOATING: Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) are required for all passengers on board. Children under 12 are required to wear a PFD at all times. Riding in a boat while it is being towed is illegal unless the boat is being launched. Bow riding is dangerous and is prohibited by state law. RESERVATIONS: Site-specific reservations are available year round. Reservations can be made up to seven months and no less than 48 hours in advance. See CAMPING RESERVATIONS at the bottom of the page for contact information. ACCESSIBILITY: Accessible campsites are located in the Kelsey Creek campground (campsites 38, 50, 65, 86 and 89) and the Cole Creek campground (campsites 6 and 21). Cabin #3 and #4 are also accessible. Accessible restrooms with showers are located at Kelsey Creek campground, Cole Creek campground, near the cabins and in the boat launch area. The trail behind the cabins and the trail on Old Kelsey Creek are accessible. The swim beach is accessible as well. Accessibility is continually improving. For current accessibility details, call (916) 445-8949, or visit http://access.parks.ca.gov. Discover the many states of California.TM CAMPING RESERVATIONS: You may make camping reservations by calling (800) 444-7275 (TTY 800-274-7275). To make online reservations, visit our website at www.parks.ca.gov. ALTERNATE FORMAT: If you need this publication in an alternate format, contact interp@parks.ca.gov. 8 Day Use Area 4 7 6 Clear Lake State Park 5 e ek 3 ey Cr Marina K els A B Cabin Parking P P P Visitor Center/ Education Pavilion Sector Office Lake Overlook 1 87 88 86 85 2 CH 89 84 83 Clear Lake Kelsey Creek 80 79 78 Campground 90 91 82 77 27 65 64 76 28 63 66 29 30 81 75 60 59 58 31 62 61 67 57 32 33 72 73 74 68 34 56 69 35 37 70 71 36 55 ail 38 39 40 43 50 53 54 k Tr 52 41 e 46 51 e 42 44 Cr Ke ey s 45 47 48 49 l lsey Ke Slo ugh NO fishing, boats or dogs in swim area. P Swim Barrier C ole Cr eek 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 5 6 3 4 Natu D orn ra re T 102 101 104 92 105 103 99 93 107 106100 94 109 108 98 97 95 96 112 111 110 il Lower Bayview Campground 143 Cole Creek Campground an N di atu re Trail In 2 1 Upper Bayview 142 Campground 140 144 141 139 113 115 145 138 CH 137 146 P 116 147 135 136 118 117 131 119 134 130 128 132 133 121 120 122 126 129 124 127 123 Paved Road 125 N 114 Dorn Cove LEGEND Group Campground Hike/Bike Campground Unpaved Trail Paved/Accessible Trail Park Entrance Park Office Meadow Overlook # Accessible Feature Accessible Campsite Boat Launch Boating Your Site # ____________ NOTE: There is no public telephone available in the park. Repo

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