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Clear Lake, Clearlake
(1.2/5 based on 70+ reviews on the web)
Clear Lake is a natural freshwater lake in Lake County, California and is fed by runoff flowing into many streams as well as springs in Soda Bay. The springs in Soda Bay bring carbon dioxide to the surface, hence the name of the bay. The lake's sole outlet is Cache Creek. In 1914, Cache Creek Dam was constructed at this point in order to increase the lake's capacity and to regulate its outflow.BackgroundClear Lake is 19mi by 8mi at its widest point, with surface area of 43785acre and a 1155000acre.ft capacity. Average depth is 27ft, maximum is 60ft, lake elevation is 1329ft, average water temp is 40F in winter and 76F in summer.Clear Lake is believed to be one of the oldest lakes in North America, due to a geological fluke. The lake sits on a huge block of stone which slowly tilts in the northern direction at the same rate as the lake fills in with sediment, thus keeping the water at roughly the same depth. Core samples of the lake's sediments, taken by U.S. Geological Survey geologists in 1973 and 1980, indicate that the lake is at least 480,000 years old. Some experts feel that Mono Lake, to the east of the Sierra Nevada in California, is older than Clear Lake. However, the sedimentary history of Clear Lake is unbroken, while Mono Lake's sediments have been disturbed by past eruptions of the Long Valley Caldera and associated volcanoes.
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  • 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. 
  • 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 prac...  more »
  • 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 resta...  more »