Lake Life = Best Life: Top 4 ways to play on a summer day on Clear Lake!

May 19, 2024

You might have guessed, but we’re big fans of lake life. After all, “lake” is literally in our name!

If you need to get out of the big city and into some warm waters, we know just the place: Clear Lake.

It’s the crown jewel of our community, which is really saying something since we have a 10,000-year old volcano, plus a novel’s worth of activities.

Paddle boardersClear Lake is America’s oldest lake, nestled under California’s clearest skies, filled with more fun than you can fit into a day, or even a summer for that matter.

Where to begin? Right here! Here are four ways to plan your Clear Lake playday this summer — just a short drive away!

1. Hit the water

Power BoatWhat’s the most fun you can have on the lake? Getting on a boat! Or jet ski. Or kayak. Or SUP.  If you don’t have one of your own (or don’t feel like carting yours), rent one of ours at Disney Boat Rentals. This community mainstay has been serving summer thrill seekers of all ages since 1983, and has an impressive selection of whatever you’re looking for. The only hard part is selecting what you want to do (though they can help with that too).

2. Meet the “locals”

Pelicans on Clear Lake
Pelicans on Clear Lake

Lake County’s residents are wild, and we’re not just talking about the people. We’re world-renowned for a bevy of birds, ranging from ospreys, herons, pelicans, and even bald eagles. You should totally bring your binos and go bird watching on your own. But if you’re new to bird watching (and let’s be honest, just want to be pampered) then schedule a tour with “Eyes of the Wild.” These customized, guided pontoon boat tours give you a front row seat to Clear Lake’s abundant, scenic, and diverse wildlife.

3. Visit Austin Park

Paddle boarding against the backdrop of Mount Konocti. (Courtesy of @aftermyown_heart)
Paddle boarding, courtesy of @aftermyown_heart

Austin Park is spread over more than 20 acres, and is packed with even more activities: canoeing, kayaking, swimming, picnics, playgrounds, softball, biking, and even skating. Seriously, it’d be easier just saying what you can’t do here. P.S., you can also rent kayaks and SUPs for just $25 for two hours, with discounted annual memberships available for those who just can’t get enough of Austin Park.

4. Sleep under the stars

CampingAfter spending the day on the lake, sleep under the stars at Clear Lake Campground. Established in the 1950s, this is the dictionary definition of a “vintage American camping vacation.” Situated on Cache Creek, Clear Lake Campground offers a rustic charm and creature comforts, with water, sewer, 30 amp electric, and limited WiFi. But who needs too much WiFi when you’re surrounded by stunning scenic beauty of Clear Lake, and all the fun that goes with it?

Clear Lake and Mount KonoctiLake life is the best life, and nowhere is that more true than Clear Lake. So, if you’re looking for a Clearly Different day (or week) at the lake, come visit us Lake County.

We’ll see ya when ya get here!

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