Skip to Main Content
Menu
Contact Us Search
Organization Title

Clear Lake State Park

Park Information

Contact Information

(707) 279-2267

Trailer Lengths

Max Trailer Length: 35 Feet
Max Camper Length: 35 Feet

Park Hours

Sunrise to Sunset

Driving Directions to Clear Lake SP

The enterance to the park is 3.5 miles northeast of Kelseyville on Soda Bay Road, north of Calistoga in the wine country.

View on Map

Camping and Lodging

Online reservations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reservations can be made 7 months in advance on the first day of the month beginning at 8:00 a.m. PST via the website, by mail, or by calling the toll free telephone number at 1-800-444-7275. Due to seasonal volume, access to the ReserveAmerica website and the telephone line may at times be limited.

Online Reservations

Brochures and Campground Maps

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.


Drought Conditions Result in Boat Ramp Closure at Clear Lake State Park

Due to serious drought conditions and dangerously low water levels at, the boat ramp at the park was closed to the public on Thursday, August 21, 2014 for safety concerns. This closure will remain in effect until December 31, 2014, or until further notice.

Boat launch fees will not be charged at Clear Lake State Park during the ramp closure. Quagga mussel inspections are still required for all vessels. Boat access to Clear Lake is still available at the following facilities:

Braito's Buckingham Marina
1555 Eastlake Drive; Kelseyville, California; (707) 279-4868
Fee: $5.00 per vessel launch per day (includes parking)
Vessel restrictions: No sail boats with greater than 3.5' keel; water level is 4-4.5' deep as of 8/22/2014.

Konocti Vista Casino Resort Marina RV Park Boat Ramp
2755 Mission Rancheria Road; Lakeport, California; (707) 262-1900
Fee: None.
Vessel restrictions: Water level is only 2" deep as of 8/22/2014.

Library Park (City of Lakeport)
222 Park Street; Lakeport, California
Fee: None.
Vessel restrictions: No known restrictions.

Water recreation, including swimming, fishing, boating and water-skiing are not affected by the ramp closure, but we do ask visitors to exercise caution at all times due to the drought conditions.

For questions or concerns regarding the ramp closure at Clear Lake State Park, please call (707) 279-4293.

Clear Lake State Park is on the shores of California’s largest freshwater lake. The area is popular for all kinds of water recreation, including swimming, fishing, boating and water-skiing.
Anglers can catch largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill and channel catfish. The park is a nesting place for waterfowl.

Hikers can enjoy various hiking trails throughout the park.  The Indian Nature Trail is a moderate half-mile self-guided trail that shows how the Pomo people utilized the area’s resources. The trail passes through the site of what was once a Pomo village.  The Dorn Trail is a guided interpretative 2.5-mile trail, which allows hikers to witness the natural features of the park.  The Kelsey Creek Trail is an accessible trail which highlights the waterfowl that inhabit Kelsey Slough.

Visitors may also enjoy the Visitor Center at Clear Lake State Park. The visitor center features displays that focus on the area’s natural and cultural history, an aquarium exhibiting some of the lake’s fish species, and a gift shop.

Location - Directions

The entrance to the park is 3.5 miles northeast of Kelseyville on Soda Bay Road, north of Calistoga in the wine country.
Latitude/Longitude: 39.0094 / -122.8106

More about the park

The Clear Lake area has a rich and interesting Native American and early settler’s history. Several thousand years ago, a landslide blocked natural drainage from a valley into the Russian River. The water rose until it found an outlet through Cache Creek into the Sacramento River to form Clear Lake, the largest natural lake entirely within California. The water comes from runoff and springs in Soda Bay.

Fishing

Professional bass fishing organization such as the U.S. Bass, Cal Bass, and Western Bass, have designated Clear Lake as the nation’s number one bass fishing lake.  Catfish, blackfish, Sacramento perch, hitch, crappie and bluegill can also be found.

Boating

We offer a boat launch for day use and campers. Boat slips for our locked marina are available for registered campers.

QUAGGA MUSSELS!!!!!! – County Info LC Ordinance #'s 2936, 2946, 2976 Requires Screening

Lake County Law requires screening of all registered water vessels.

Quagga Screening does NOT apply to canoes, kayaks, car-top boats, float tubes, rafts, wind surfers/boards, boogey boards, non-motorized paddle boats, and non-motorized sail boats that are eight feet or less in length.

Camping

Clear Lake State Park has four campgrounds: Cole Creek, Kelsey Creek, Lower Bayview, and Upper Bayview. Kelsey Creek campground is open year round. All of our sites can fit a maximum camper/trailer length of 35 feet. There are no electrical or water hookups.

  • Cole Creek
    Campground This campground winds along beautiful Cole Creek. Cole Creek campground offers 26 well shaded campsites and 2 Hike and Bike sites. Each site has a fire ring, a table, and a food storage box. Nearby restroom facilities offer pay showers and flushable toilets.  A dump station is available to registered campers.

  • Kelsey Creek
    This is the only campground with lakeside sites. Located in between the waters of Clear Lake and Kelsey Slough, these 65 sites offer easy access to trails and fishing with partial shade. Each site has a fire ring, a table, and a food storage box. Nearby restroom facilities offer pay showers and flushable toilets.  A dump station is available to registered campers.

  • Lower Bayview
    A short way up the hill rests our Lower Bayview Campground. These 22 partially shaded sites offer spectacular views of beautiful Clear Lake and Dorn Cove and is just a short walk from the swim beach. Each site has a fire ring, a table, and a food storage box. Nearby restroom facilities offer pay showers and flushable toilets.  A dump station is available to registered campers.

  • Upper Bayview
    Woven on the top of the hill is the Upper Bayview campground. These 33 sites are partially shaded and have access to the Dorn Nature Trail. Restroom facilities offer pay showers and flushable toilets.  A dump station is available to registered campers.

Group Camping
Two group campgrounds are available at Clear Lake State Park.  Both sites offer shade Ramada’s, tables, fire rings and are nearby flushable toilets and pay showers.  Each group camp site can accommodate 40 people and 8 vehicles. These group campsites are available only by reservation.

Cabins
You don’t need a tent or an RV to enjoy one of the most beautiful mountain settings in California. Clear Lake State Park offers you access to “get-away-from-it-all” rental cabins!
Eight cabins, of which two are ADA accessible, are located within feet from beautiful Clear Lake. Each cabin has a platform bunk bed (no pad or bedding), wood floors, and covered porches. Cabins are 14ft X 16ft with one set of full-size bunk beds. Maximum occupancy is 4 persons and no pets allowed.
 
For more information on the cabins or to make a reservation go to www.reserveamerica.com or call our Concessionaires at (707) 279-8526.

Swim Beach
Our swim beach is open sunrise to sunset. It offers shade Ramada’s and tables, with restrooms and showers nearby. NO DOGS OR GLASS BOTTLES ALLOWED ON THE SWIM BEACH.

*Wireless internet is not available at the park at this time.

Clear Lake Entrance Image
Join Brad Barnwell on Saturday August 16, 2014 for a bird walk along Cole Creek, Kelsey Creek Outlet and Kelsey Slough. The Fall Bird Migration has started and will hopefully produce some interesting transients.

The 2-hour walk will start at the visitor center parking lot at 7:30 AM. The walk will be at a slow pace and cover about 1 mile of paved road and trails. Participants should bring binoculars/scopes, birding guide, water, mosquito repellant, and sun protection.

Park entry fees are waived for those participating in the walk.

Clear Lake State Park is located at 5300 Soda Bay Rd, Kelseyville, CA and entry into the park is free for those attending the walk.

Anyone having special needs should contact the Clear Lake State Park Sector Office Tuesday through Thursday between 8 AM and 5 PM at (707) 279-2267.

For further information on California State Parks go to www.parks.ca.gov .