Clear Lake State Park

UPDATE (March 31, 2020): This park is temporarily closed to vehicular access. The park remains open for locals who wish to walk, hike and bike (in parks with bike trails) in the park, provided they practice social/physical distancing of 6 feet or more. This is not the time for a road trip to a destination park or beach.

In an effort to prevent visitation surges and help stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), State Parks has implemented the following safety measures to date:
  • Closed some parks, meaning all trails and restrooms within these parks are closed.
  • Closed vehicular access at remaining parks, including for off-highway vehicle riding.
  • Closed all campgrounds, museums and visitor centers.
  • Cancelled all events.

A list of closures is available online at parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve. The list is dynamic and updated on a regular basis.

Phone Number

(707) 279-2267

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.

Camping and Lodging

Visitors will be able to reserve campsites and lodging six months in advance from the current date. Bookings may extend from the arrival date to the desired departure date – based on availability and the park’s maximum stay rules.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

BOATING
Boating
Boat Ramps
Boat Rentals
OVERNIGHT FACILITIES
En route Campsites
Family Campsites
Group Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
Alternative Camping
TRAIL USE
Bike Trails
Hiking Trails
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Fishing
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
Beach Area
Swimming
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Museums
Family Programs
Geocaching
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Camp Store
Parking
Restrooms / Showers
Restrooms
Outdoor Showers
Drinking Water Available
Wheelchair Accessible

APPROVED GENERAL MESSAGE FOR TEMPORARY CLOSURES OF VISITOR CENTERS/MUSEUMS

In an effort to protect public health and the safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff as the state responds to the continued threat of COVID-19, California State Parks is temporarily closing the visitor center at Clear Lake State Park. While we are not directly affected by COVID-19, we are monitoring the situation carefully and are committed to being responsive and following California Governor’s updated policy on social gatherings to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The park will remain open for all other activities such as camping, day use, and boat launching. We recognize the importance of visiting Clear Lake State Park represents an opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy fresh air with family and friends and escape from our daily routines. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause your visit. We thank you for your patience, trust and continued support. We’d also like to thank our volunteers and staff for their commitment and dedication as public servants through these challenging circumstances. For the most up-to-date information, please follow our park webpage at www.parks.ca.gov.

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.

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.  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.

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. 

  • 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. 

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'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.

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.

Boat Rental are available nearby.

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