Introducing Clear Lake
With over 100 miles of shoreline, Clear Lake is the largest, naturally occurring freshwater lake in California (Tahoe is bigger, but straddles the state line with Nevada). In summer the warm water thrives with algae, giving it a murky-green appearance and creating a fabulous habitat for fish - especially bass - and tens of thousands of birds. Mt Konocti, a 4200ft-tall dormant volcano, lords it over the scene. Alas, the human settlements don’t always live up to the grandeur. Clear Lake is 18 miles east of Hwy 101.