If you’ve ever visited a destination and asked someone a simple question about the area and gotten a blank look as your response, you have experienced a problem that many destinations have. Including Lake County. But Lake County now has a solution - the Lake County Certified Tourism Ambassador’s (CTA) Program.
The CTA program is part of a national organization that offers certification as a Certified Tourism Ambassador. Having a tourism destination included in this organization is a lengthy and very, very involved process.
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.
Having lived in Lake County now for six years we are beginning to see a renaissance of activity coming to the area with new businesses opening. One of those is the Upper Lake Mercantile, a unique store that celebrates local style in the quaint town of Upper Lake, just a few minutes from the Featherbed Railroad.
Upper Lake Mercantile offers a variety of items that focus on locally-sourced and locally-made items and showcases the talents of some of our incredible local artists. By their own description Upper Lake Mercantile offers an ever-changing variety of interesting and useful things and, when I stopped by, this was absolutely the case. There was everything from jewelry to jams and things for home or person and even locally-made musical instruments! Pretty nifty for browsing and shopping, actually.
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.
When it comes to bass fishing, the folks at Bassmaster know what they're talking about. After all they's a group of people who have gathered around this sport to celebrate bass fishing in all its glory.
When it came to the daunting task of evaluating the bass fishing lakes around the US they were up to it and after many, many hours of exhaustive testing the folks at Bassmaster voted Clear Lake the second-best bass fishing lake in the whole United States. To get to number one, you have to travel all the way to Wisconsin.
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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