Located 36 miles north of Santa Rosa, Clearlake City is an excellent place to work and live in. Clearlake is a part of Lake County which has developed around the 43,000 acre Clear Lake. The area was shaped by volcanic action. The original inhabitants of the area were the Pomo Indians. The first modern settlers were from Europe and they came in the 1850s.
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The site of the original town, inland of State Route 20, was subdivided by the 1920s. Situated in a broad canyon mouth, the original town site is about 4 blocks long and 3 deep, triangular in shape, with a plaza site in its center. Today the plaza is paved and used for parking by the church located along the west side. Most of the homes in the village remain true to their "fishing cottage" roots.
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Lake County’s easternmost community—referred to as “the Oaks” by locals—is scattered with both lakefront and hilltop homes. Other nearby communities include Glenhaven, Kono Tayee, Paradise Cove and Spring Valley.
Some favorite spots are Shannon Ridge Winery and High Valley Estate Vineyards tasting rooms and Happy Garden, a Thai and Chinese restaurant, plus several lakeside resorts and campgrounds frequented year-round. Eleven Roses Ranch, in the mountains above Clear Lake, offers historic family ranch and wildflower tours in their mule drawn carriage.
Many new projects have been completed or are underway in the Oaks/Glenhaven area. Recently completed projects include Nylander Park and Town Plaza with picnic tables and barbecue grills, a new youth center, a new visitor center, and the Eskaton senior apartment complex. Projects underway include a new town clock, street lamps and sidewalks.
We have everything you need for a visit to Lake County right here in the Oaks: hotels, campgrounds, fishing resorts, free boat launching, a tackle shop, and wine tasting.
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Visitors and residents are drawn to the peace and quiet that Kelseyville has to offer. Spend a day visiting all the tasting rooms and wineries, floating on the blue waters of Clear Lake, or biking the back roads and hiking trails in the state park. While away pleasant days, shopping along Main Street with its flowering pear trees, idle benches and historic street lamps, or along the Kelseyville Riviera, with its scenic views of the lake, country clubs, rolling hills and convenient shops.
The relaxing, rippling lake views and the open waters of Clear Lake draw thousands every year to fish, swim, kayak and boat California's largest natural freshwater lake. Anglers can catch large mouth bass, blue gill and channel catfish. Clear Lake is designated by professional fishing organizations as the number one bass lake in the nation. The park is the nesting place of waterfowl and animals like blue herons, white pelicans, bald eagles, river otters and turtles.
Looking to relocate or for opportunities? Kelseyville is growing fast. With some of the hottest real estate on the western shores of Clear Lake, Kelseyville homes and businesses are a great investment. New residents and retirees are discovering all that Lake County has to offer for easy living. Main Street is developing with new businesses opening every year. And tour some of the last great real estate deals in California. At just a 100 miles north of San Francisco, and even closer to Ukiah, Calistoga, Santa Rosa, and Napa, Kelseyville can be your new home or a retreat from the pressures of city life. Browse our membership directory for local resources and our list of links to find local attractions and to learn more about beautiful Lake County.
With a headliner concert venue nearby, many restaurants to savor, charming shops to explore, and more resources located conveniently in town, it’s easy to see why so many people are discovering Kelseyville.
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Welcome to Beautiful Lake County…..
Nestled in Northern California, just two hours drive from Bay Area, Sacramento Valley and Pacific Coast is destination hot spot, Lake County. Home to Clear Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake in California and one of the oldest in North America.
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Lakeport is a historic and dignified town, with a lush city park on the water. Behind the park lays the quaint downtown including cafes, a used book store, a museum with a small but informative display on European and Indian history, and, of course, plenty of waterski shops. Residential streets to the west of Main Street have many interesting older residences.
Lakeport is known for its popular recreational activities, such as boating, bass fishing, wakeboarding, swimming, sailing, and kayaking and is a destination for many tourists. With direct access to Clear Lake at Library Park, named after the historic Carnegie Library in the center of town, citizens and tourists alike can access the lake via several free public boat ramps.
Besides water sports, Lakeport hosts several annual events throughout the year, such as the Memorial Day weekend craft fair and parade, a seaplane fly-in, the Fourth of July fireworks and street faire, the Lake County Rodeo in July, the Lake County Fair each Labor Day weekend, several car shows, free Friday night concerts in Library Park during the summer, and the Taste of Lakeport are just a few of the community events held in the City.
With a charming atmosphere, beautiful environment, and great people, Lakeport is a great place to visit and an even better place to live.
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Historic Lower Lake is located at the southeastern end of Clear Lake where two major Native American trails crossed. Founded in the late 1850’s, the town soon became the center of commerce for the region.
The town features some of the oldest buildings in Lake County and prospered in early years from nearby mining of sulfur, borax and quicksilver. The first jail in Lake County, a stone structure of just one room, is said to be the smallest in the United States. It is California State Historical Landmark # 429.
Other notable historic sights in Lower Lake are the Pioneer and Lower Lake Cemeteries, the Odd Fellows Hall, built in 1868, and the United Methodist Church, built in 1884. A very popular Bluegrass Festival, featuring well known artists, is held each September at Anderson Marsh State Historic Park just north of Lower Lake. The Park features a ranch house, archeological sites and nature trails.
Lower Lake offers a hometown shopping atmosphere with a variety of unique businesses, including a coffee shop/cafe, wineries, and antique stores. In Lower Lake you can truly step back into rural America and “stroll around” enjoying history and shopping.
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Middletown (formerly, Middle Station and Middleton) was started in 1871 and is located 11 miles west of Lower Lake, at an elevation of 1099 feet. The town was given its name because it is halfway between Lower Lake to the north and Calistoga to the south. Middletown is the gateway to Lake County coming from the Napa Valley and the first town visitors come to once passing over Mt. St. Helena.
Middletown is definitely a “Hometown USA” with great specialty gift shops and splendid places to go for coffee, an internet fix, or a relaxing massage. We even have our own micro brewery! If breakfast is your favorite meal of the day you will have numerous choices here with wonderful indoor and outdoor facilities. Lunch and dinner also provide several opportunities for grill, Italian and Mexican all with main street flair.
In addition to all the residential choices in Middletown, just a short ride north on Highway 29 you will find the gated community of Hidden Valley Lake, complete with an 18-hole golf course, a beautiful clubhouse, tennis courts, a restaurant and bar open to the public, a private man-made lake with two beaches, beautiful homes for sale or rent and vacation rentals. Hot air balloons rising up into the clear blue skies are a wonderful sight during the warm spring and summer months.
Middletown and Hidden Valley Lake offer fresh air, open spaces and a rural essence, making them the perfect places to raise a family.
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Lucerne and the neighboring town of Nice are two of several lakeside communities along the north shore of Clear Lake on State Highway 20, the major east-west thoroughfare in Lake County. Long beautiful stretches of shoreline are shaded by large pepperwoods and giant oaks. Several resorts and campgrounds offer visitors a place to stay, and public beaches, parks, and harbors provide residents and visitors opportunities to enjoy the lake.
Along State Highway 20 between Nice and Lucerne are two wineries—Ceago Vinegarden and Tulip Hill Winery, both of which offer wine tasting daily and host special events throughout the year.
With the steep Bartlett Mountain Range as its backdrop, the lakeside town of Lucerne is often referred to as “the Switzerland of America” with terrain and sweeping views reminiscent of the Alps. The town of Nice was patented in June 1871 and named after the small town of Nice, France. Spectacular redbud shrubs bloom throughout the town in springtime.
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The gateway to the Mendocino National Forest, Upper Lake offers opportunities for all types of outdoor activities, including hiking, camping, hunting, boating, fishing, and even off-highway vehicle adventures.
Nestled in a valley along State Highway 20 at the northern end of Clear Lake is the small pioneer town of Upper Lake. This is the gateway to the 913,306-acre Mendocino National Forest, which offers opportunities for all types of outdoor activities, including hiking, camping, hunting, boating, fishing, and even off-highway vehicle adventures.
One of the oldest settlements in Lake County, Upper Lake is a pioneer, logging, and ranching town and was a main port back in the days when small steam-powered boats carried cargo to several ports of call on Clear Lake. Today, a levee area provides nesting and roosting habitat for an abundance of birds, including herons, egrets, and white pelicans.
Restoration and renovation efforts are continuing in Upper Lake as well as the entire north shore of Clear Lake. At the corner of First and Main streets, an old-time stable got a much-needed facelift. Just up the street, the historic Tallman Hotel underwent a multi-million dollar renovation, and the adjacent Blue Wing Saloon opened as a replica of the original nineteenth century structure that was destroyed by fire years ago.