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Clear Lake, Clearlake

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Clear Lake is a natural freshwater lake located in Lake County in the U.S. state of California, north of Napa County and San Francisco. It is the largest natural freshwater lake wholly within the state, with 68mi2 of surface area. Lakes have existed at the site for at least 2,500,000 years, possibly making it the oldest lake in North America.Known as the "Bass Capital of the West," Clear Lake supports large populations of bass, crappie, bluegill, carp and catfish. Two-thirds of the fish caught in Clear Lake are largemouth bass, with a record of 17.52 pounds. Clear Lake was most recently ranked by Bassmaster Magazine in 2016 as the #3 best bass lake in the United States and the #1 best bass lake on the West Coast. However, locals strongly recommend against eating the fish from Clear Lake because of potentially toxic levels of mercury. In addition to fish, there is abundant wildlife within the Clear Lake basin. There are year-round populations of ducks, pelicans, grebes, blue herons, egrets, osprey, and bald eagles, and the basin supports sizable populations of deer, bear, mountain lion, raccoon and other animals.The expansive, warm water of Clear Lake makes it popular for watersports, such as swimming, water skiing, wakeboarding, sailing, boat races, and jet skiing.
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  • 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.  more »
  • ... and enjoyed the scenery. It is a beautiful lake in the mountains. Unfortunately we did not have more time to play here.  more »
  • 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,...  more »
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  • If you're a bass fisherman then you will love this lake. There are lots of big bass. Super fun 🎣 fishing.
  • The Lake was nice, but some of the surrounding area wasn't so pretty.
  • Clearlake is anything but clear. It's a sleepy gem: uncrowded, quiet, peaceful. It is a natural, warm water lake. Birds and fish abound, as does algae, bugs, and bats. If you're okay with nature, you'll love it. If you want a curated experience where everything is perfect, try Disneyland.
  • Largest natural lake wholly in California is warm, shallow, calm and uncrowded. Mid-week in September there were only 2 boats on the lake. Great for water sports, sailing, rowing. Plenty of water fowl: grebs, geese, ducks, seagulls. Few bugs in September. Dry California foothills plus a dormant volcano for scenery. Beware, as a warm low-land lake, Clear Lake is anything but clear. Visibility is less than 2 feet with algae and some years there are lots of 'seaweeds' along the shore.
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