Your #1 source for kayaking and canoeing information.               FREE Newsletter!
my Profile
Water Trails > Clear Lake Water Trails

Clear Lake Water Trails (CA)

Location: Clearlake, CA (northern Calif.)
Waterway: Clear Lake, Cache Creek
Length: Seven Loops: 4-10 miles long

Geologists believe that Clear Lake may be the oldest lake in North America, its formation dating from 150,000 to 1 million years ago. Rising 4300 feet above the center of the lake, Mt. Konocti is a dormant volcano, the largest of the Clear Lake Volcanic field and part of the Pacific Ocean's Ring of Fire.

There are dozens of free public access points on Clear Lake - in fact, Clear Lake has nearly 100 miles of shoreline, and nearly 10 miles of public access! These include public parks, open space, Caltrans right-of-ways, road ends, some islands and county-owned property.

The Loops
  1. Rattlesnake Island - 4 mile loop
    For the naturalist and those who want to savor breathtaking beauty, this is a beautiful loop around Rattlesnake Island, past the historic Sulphur Bank Mercury Mine and wetlands, and back through the canals of “The Keys” in Clearlake Oaks.

  2. Tule Maze at Anderson Marsh - 6 mile loop
    A favorite among birdwatchers, this is a scenic loop around Indian Island into the tule marshes of Anderson Marsh State Park, and traversing back into Cache Creek and the western shoreline of Clearlake.

  3. Cache Creek Dam - 10 miles roundtrip
    A serene paddling experience down Cache Creek to the dam and back, past the Anderson Flats tule reeds, a few older waterfront neighborhoods, and then through the beautiful oak-studded back hills.

  4. Island Hopping in the Narrows - 8 mile loop
    A beautiful loop circling the Narrows, past small islands near the base of Mount Konocti. Panoramic views of Mount Konocti, Kono Tayee, Buckingham Point, and the north shore ridgeline.

  5. Volcanic Vents of Soda Bay - 6-9 miles round trip
    A fascinating trip exploring the Clear Lake shoreline, around the infamous Soda Bay hot springs, looping back along Dorn Bay, and a calm paddle down Kelsey Creek. Beautiful views of Mount Konocti and the surrounding ridgelines.

  6. Wetlands of Long Tule Point - 8-10 miles round trip
    A bucolic paddle along Clear Lake’s largest remaining natural shoreline, past cottonwoods and ancient oaks and small waterfront hamlets. Far-reaching views of Mount Konocti, the Mayacamas mountains, and the north shore.

  7. Rodman Slough - 8 miles roundtrip
    A peaceful excursion through Rodman Slough—passing Great Blue Heron and Double-Crested Cormorant rookeries (nesting areas)—to the culvert at Tule Lake.

Contact Info:

Lake County Dept. of Public Services
333 2nd St.
Lakeport, CA 95423
Phone: 707-262-1618

Website: Watertrail Index

Do you know of an official water trail that should be listed? Contact us at

Follow us on:
Free Newsletter | About Us | Site Map | Advertising Info | Contact Us


©2015 Inc.