Sunrise to Sunset
Clear Lake State Park
Here are some guidelines for people visiting Clear Lake State Park:
What is open now?
- Vehicular access to all day-use facilities such as parking lots, boat ramps, restrooms and trails
- Camping is available at all individual family campsites. Group Campsites are not currently available as part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. To make a reservation, visit www.ReserveCalifornia.com or call 800-444-7275. For more information on camping guidelines, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/COVID19Camping.
What is currently closed at this park and throughout the State Park System?
At this park:
- High public-use indoor facilities, including museums, visitor centers and tours.
- Many campgrounds across the state remain closed until further notice. Some campgrounds have started to reopen with modifications. For more information, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/COVID19Camping.
- High public-use indoor facilities, including museums and visitor centers.
- Special events and tours continue to be canceled until further notice.
Are there any new visitor guidelines?
Yes, please see below:
- Stay Local: Stay close to home. Walk or bike into the park. Parking is very limited. Do not take road trips to parks and beaches or to neighboring states.
- Stay Active: Keep walking, jogging, hiking and biking. Watch for one-way trails.
- Stay Safer at 6 Feet: Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Gatherings, picnics and parties are not allowed. Visitors will be asked to leave if there are too many people at the park, beach or on trails to allow for the required physical distance.
- Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash.
- Stay Covered: The state now requires you to wear a face covering in most indoor settings and public outdoor spaces when you cannot maintain physical distancing of six feet or more from people outside of your immediate household. For details, please visit CDPH’s guidance here. Visitors should also abide by their local county health orders.
Thank you for your patience and continued support of California State Parks as we work to limit your risk for exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors. For more information, please visit parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.
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.
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.
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.
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. The quagga mussel sticker fees have been raised to $20 per vessel. (Reference Document)
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
You don'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.
- Cabins have electricity; heaters/air conditioner, lights and fan. No refrigerator.
- Maximum occupancy is 4 persons. Each cabin has a full size bunk bed. Guest need to bring their own mattress pads along with their bedding.
- Each cabin has a large indoor storage cupboard, counter space and fixed table with 2 benches.
- Cabin rate includes entry for one vehicle; additional vehicles will be charged $8 per night.
- No Pets
- No Smoking, cooking or open flame inside the cabins. Cabins each have an outdoor Barbecue, fire pit and picnic bench.
For more information on the cabins or to make a reservation go to www.reservecalifornia.com.
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.