While most people think of Clear Lake as being the major lake in Lake County, there are many others as well including Blue Lakes. While Clear Lake is large and shallow, Blue Lakes is very deep and remains refreshingly cool throughout the summer. In addition, there is a large fleet of electric boats for rent on Blue Lakes and this adventure starts there.
Blue Lakes is spring-fed, leaving it unaffected by larger climatological factors that many are experiencing across western North America. That means the waters are clean, ideal for swimming and fishing year-round. Although Blue Lakes is comprised of two separate lakes (Upper and Lower), locals refer to both lakes as simply “Blue Lakes”—perhaps to honor its one-of-a-kind, limnological nature.
Every tourism destination craves attention in a crowded field, especially today with so many messages coming at us from all over. But the three devastating fires that we had in September weren’t exactly the national media exposure we wanted only because there are over 1300 people who would probably prefer that their homes are still intact. But a question that we get is very simple: why should I come to Lake County and spend my valuable vacation time? Isn’t most of everything burned down?
The simple answer is: no. The fact is all of the businesses and services a visitor to Lake County could be interested in are still standing. None of our wineries burned down, only a very few restaurants at the south end of the County were damaged and there are still many thousands of acres of beautiful wild lands for those seeking an incredible outdoor adventure.
A vacation can be a breath of fresh air, or at least it should be. When you come to Lake County the American Lung Association certifies that your vacation will be a breath of fresh air as we have the cleanest air in the entire United States.
For 24 years, almost the entire time that the Featherbed Railroad has been here, we’ve had the cleanest air in all of California. Not bad. For the past two years the American Lung Association says our air is the cleanest in the entire united states. Now that’s something to brag about.
How full is Clear Lake?
How clear is Clear Lake?
Clear Lake actually has more water right now than it did at this point last year. Since this ancient treasure relies on runoff and underground springs for its water there hasn’t been as big a problem as the rest of California. There were two big rain storms in the past few months and Clear Lake was the real beneficiary of those.
As a result, Disney Watersports, our favorite boat rental, is doing a brisk business but they still offer special rates to Featherbed Railroad guests. What’s more, we’ve had lots of boats here already as guests know that they can launch for free on our boat ramp and keep the boats safely tied up at night on our pier. Kayak enthusiasts have been thrilled with all the great bird watching and we even have two row boats available for guests. Check out our page about boating in Lake County.
Is Clear Lake stinky? No.
Late in summer the fact that Clear Lake is a shallow lake in a hot climate combines to create plant life, including algae. This algae dies off and gathers along the shoreline of the lake. We have installed a water sprinkler system on the pier so that, when the algae begins to form, we just flick a valve and this sprinkler system mitigates the algae.
Since we’re using lake water we are literally adding nothing to the lake but we are knocking down the algae so our shoreline doesn’t have an algae problem, even in late summer.
We’ve got clean air, a beautiful and fairly full lake and plenty of room for you. It might just be a great time to plan your Lake County getaway and we would be honored to have you here.
Written by Anthony B. Barthel
The typical winter weather in Lake County features plenty of rain and some chilly days, but this winter it's more like spring with daytime temperatures into the 60s and nighttime temps in the snuggly 40s. It's been really, really great weather. So while, like a shot in the butt, we need the rain, we might as well enjoy this great weather while we're having it. The following article, lifted from the County's website, highlights great things to do outdoors.
It's not good to brag and we know that. But it is important to share facts and, the fact is, there is still a good amount of water in Clear Lake.
Yes, California is in a drought and it's pretty severe. We've also seen several of the lakes around here where you can stand in the deepest parts and not get your bikini bottoms wet. But our ancient beauty, Clear Lake, is soldiering on with enough water that several local friends have kept their sail boats in the drink and spend quite a bit of time enjoying the Lake.
For those of you old enough to remember, there used to be a TV program called Fantasy Island where the opening sequence featured Hervé Villechaize announcing the incoming passengers with the famous, "The plane! The plane!" line. Well almost the same thing happened here Friday as a plane very similar to the Grumman Widgeon used on the show was taxiing on Clear Lake. Then, moments later it took off and circled around the Featherbed Railroad.
It’s no secret that the drought conditions in California are pretty serious. The lack of any significant precipitation will mean that we Californians are going to be doing some significant conserving when the normally-dry summer months are here. All around us lakes are looking more like puddles.
So let’s look at Clear Lake, thought to be the second-oldest lake in the world. This aquatic old-timer still has tricks up her sleeve. You don’t survive several million years of climate on this planet without being able to weather dry and wet conditions. That’s true even now.
The bottom line - Clear Lake has water.
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