Fall is a nice time to visit Clear Lake, after the summer heat and crowds have gone. Days are often beautiful and sunny although it starts getting chilly at night. Clear Lake Campground makes a great base for RV campers to enjoy activities around the lake during fall or just have a relaxing getaway.
In fall 2021, the water level in Cache Creek is low so boating from Camp is not possible. However we've been seeing a lot more wildlife making its way to the creek this summer so you'll probably see more wildlife than usual without leaving Camp!
What is there to do in fall near Clear Lake Campground?
Fall is a good time to turn your visit into a road trip. No matter which direction you're coming from, we have suggestions for things to see on your way to Clear Lake Campground.
Do you know what these important RV terms mean? If you're fairly new to RV camping, things may seem overwhelming at first. We've put together a list of important vocabulary you will probably encounter to help you get started. But for even more in-depth assistance we offer RV Basic Training Camps right here at Clear Lake Campground, a fun way to learn all about your RV.
Do you like to camp but don't like hauling your tent and setting it up? Would you like to sleep in a sturdy, spacious tent with a floor? Clear Lake Campground has the perfect solution.
Our 3 large canvas tent vacation rentals sleep 4 people. They're already set up so all you have to do is bring your sleeping gear and move in. Your space includes a 16 foot diameter canvas bell tent, picnic table, BBQ, and parking for one car. Water and electricity are outside on the site and there's an outdoor sink and portable toilet nearby.
Of course you'll also have access to the swimming pool, showers, boat launch, and other campground amenities. Sorry, no pets are allowed in the tents. Also no smoking or cooking is allowed inside and we allow propane camp fires only (we can provide a propane fire pit if needed).
Canvas tents are available from late spring through early fall. Our restrooms and showers are closed from late fall through early spring so we can't accommodate any tent campers, including in our canvas tents.
It's just like tent camping but we pitched a beautiful tent for you! You're also welcome to book one of our other sites and bring your own tent.
Anderson Marsh Boating Itinerary from Clear Lake Campground by kayak, canoe, or small motor boat:
One of the top things to do at Clear Lake Campground is to explore Cache Creek and Anderson Marsh in a kayak, canoe, or boat. You can bring your own and dock right from Camp or rent a kayak, canoe, or small motor boat from us. This itinerary takes you from Camp along the shore of Anderson Marsh, Slater Island, and Garner Island.
Starting from Camp, go toward the right, with Anderson Marsh on your left. You'll soon come to a few peaceful inlets off to the left that are fun to explore by kayak or canoe when the water is high enough. Continuing along, you'll pass houses on your right and Anderson Marsh on the left shore. Trees along the shore provide nesting spots for heron and egret, both commonly seen in this area. Watch for otters, ducks, and grebes in the water and deer in the wooded area.
Continuing past the houses, Slater Island is on your left, also part of Anderson Marsh. After passing Slater Island, Garner Island will be directly in front of you. Veer slightly left rather than taking the right turn to remain on Cache Creek with Garner Island on your right. In the distance to your left look for vineyards lining the hills.
After you pass the island, the creek ends. If the water isn't too low, turn left to go into the tule marsh area. This is a great spot for birds and you may see white pelicans, grebes, coots, mallards, egrets, or heron. In spring, Grebes nest in the tules so watch for nests as you go further into the tules by kayak or canoe. It's also carp mating season so you may see them roiling around in the water or even jumping out. Be careful as you head into the tules, it's easy to get lost. Unless the water is unusually high, you'll need to turn around and come back out the same way you entered.
Instead of going into the tule area, you can turn right and circle around Garner Island, to return to Cache Creek. This is a good alternative if the water is low, especially if you're in a motor boat, and you'll get to see Clear Lake as you come around the island. When you get back to Cache Creek, retrace your route back to Camp.
This itinerary takes in part of Clear Lake Water Route 2: Tule Maze of Anderson Marsh and Clear Lake Water Route 3: Rock Riffle, and Dam. The link take you to a map and more details about the water trail.
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Boating Itinerary from Clear Lake Campground to the Dam by kayak, canoe, or small motor boat:
One of the top things to do at Clear Lake Campground is exploring Cache Creek in a kayak, canoe, or boat. You can bring your own and dock right from Camp or rent a kayak, canoe, or small motor boat from us. This itinerary takes you from Camp to Cache Creek Dam, a distance of a little over 3 miles.
Starting from Camp, turn toward the left, with Anderson Marsh on your right. You'll pass under the bridge over the highway, then you'll come to the Grigsby Riffle, a rock formation that crosses the creek near Seigler Canyon Creek. When the water is very low, the riffle sticks out and may make it difficult or impossible to cross. The riffle is used to measure the lake's water level on a scale called the Rumsey Scale. Clear Lake is considered full at 7.56 on the Rumsey Scale and the level usually varies from 1.6 to 6.75 except in very dry years where the level may go below 0.
If the water is high enough, it's possible to take a detour for a short distance along Seigler Canyon Creek if you're in a kayak or canoe. Shortly after you cross the riffle, you'll pass under the Lake Street Bridge. Houses line this part of the creek for about a mile. Geese and ducks are common in this area and sometimes you may see otters swimming along. Once you pass the houses you're in a wooded area where you might see deer, wild turkeys, or even a bear on the banks. Birds are usually plentiful in the trees and on the water. In spring, fish are sometimes seen jumping out of the water, too.
As you approach the dam, you'll see danger signs warning boats to stay away. Be sure to heed these warnings and don't get too near the dam. Built in 1914, the Cache Creek Dam is currently owned by Yolo County who takes water from Clear Lake via the dam unless the water level is too low. This is the end of boating access so you'll need to turn around and head back to Camp.
This itinerary is part of Clear Lake Water Route 3, Rock Riffle, and Dam. The link takes you to a map and more details about the water trail.
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What are the best places to see birds around Clear Lake?
Clear Lake is home to a large variety of species. Since many of them are found in or near the water, the top places to see birds are around the lake. Clear Lake Campground is right on Cache Creek and across from Anderson Marsh State Park so you'll probably see birds from Camp. One of the best ways to get a closer look at water birds is in a kayak or canoe along Cache Creek from Camp, either in your own or renting one of ours. Book a kayak, canoe, or small motor boat.
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Why Should I Consider a Camping Vacation?
Camping on your vacation has many benefits. Whether you want to travel in a fully equipped RV or want to sleep outside under the stars, camping is a great choice for anything from a short getaway to a long road trip. Camping offers options to suit everyone, from families and groups of friends to couples and single travelers. Once you have your basic equipment, you have the freedom to explore close to home or anywhere across the country. Let's look at a few of the good things about camping:
Why camp at Clear Lake Campground?
Clear Lake Campground is right on the shore of Cache Creek, across from Anderson Marsh State Park. Campers can enjoy fishing, boating, bird watching, or just relaxing right at camp and there are plenty of things to do in the area. We offer a variety of sites with full hook-ups and a few sites for tent camping only. We also offer kayak and canoe rentals.
For more information about Camp, see our Frequently Asked Questions.
At Clear Lake Campground we are following current Corona safety guidelines - check our Corona Update page for the current situation.
If you want to try camping in an RV before you commit to buying one, consider renting one through our affiliate, RVShare.
Do you have questions about your trip to Clear Lake Campground in Lake County, California? Find answers to guests' most frequently asked questions here:
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Are you new to RV camping or have questions about getting the most out of your RV? The RV Basic Training workshop at Clear Lake Campground is for you!
Upcoming 2021 dates (click on the dates to go to the Facebook event page):
Join a fun, interactive 2 night campout for new RV owners led by Tony and Peggy Barthel of Stressless Camping. Learn all the basics of how to operate your RV, how to make it last a long time, and how to keep it looking good and in top shape. This workshop is held at Clear Lake Campground on the shore of Cache Creek, with campsites perfect for small to midsize trailers or RVs with lengths of 30 feet or less.
During the workshop you'll get basic instruction on RV systems plus tips and hints to make the most of that new RV. Topics will include using and maintaining systems and how to make every camping experience a StressLess Camping experience. You'll have a chance to ask questions and get hands on experience. Of course, social distancing and health safety will be practiced during the workshop at all times.
Camping, especially in your own RV, is considered the safest way to travel these days so more people are turning to RVs - and finding that they need help learning to operate them.
Stressless Camping says, "While RV dealers tend to cover these same topics, generally that lesson takes about an hour and is equated to drinking from a fire hose. This is a slower pace and with the individual’s own RV so they can learn to operate it with greater success and experience fewer challenges along the way."
“The good thing about the RV space is that there is something for anyone - from small tent trailers to luxurious mobile palaces,” said Tony Barthel, “RVing can be a wonderful escape from the crowds or bring you closer to friends and family. You can truly define your own experience!”
* Watch our Facebook page for workshop events as we add them.
You'll also want to be sure you know what these RV terms mean.
If you want to rent an RV to try it out first, check our affiliate RVShare.
Consider adding an extra night or more to practice what you're learned, relax at camp, or explore Lake County activities and places to go.
Kelseyville, about 25 minutes from Clear Lake Campground, has a Main Street full of small town charm. It's a pleasant place to spend an hour or two browsing, eating, or drinking. If you're headed to Clearlake State Park for hiking or boating, it's a good place to buy supplies for a picnic lunch. Or buy some special foods, wine, or beer to bring back to Camp.
Please keep in mind that some businesses may temporarily close of have shorter hours. If there's a specific place you want to go, we advise calling ahead to check the current status.
Where Can I Eat, Drink, or Shop Along Main Street, Kelseyville?
Kelseyville has options for coffee, beer or wine tasting, food to go, shopping and places to eat a meal. Tip: there's a small park with picnic tables on the street behind Studebaker's where you can eat take-out meals. Businesses are listed starting from the first place you'd come to after making the turn into Kelseyville (on Main Street) from Hwy 29:
Lydell's Sports Stop and Grill, 4220 Main Street, 707-279-0123
Lydell's serves burgers, breakfast, and American foods in a casual atmosphere all day with sports TVs and an outside patio. Facebook page.
Studebaker's Coffee and Deli, 3990 Main Street, 707-279-8871
Studebaker's serves coffee drinks, pastries, and sandwiches from early morning through mid-afternoon (closed Sundays). Sit at a table outside and enjoy the atmosphere or grab something to go. Facebook page.
Smiling Dogs Ranch Tasting Room, 3955 Main Street, 707-279-5000
Smiling Dogs Ranch features their locally produced wines at their downtown venue Fridays through Sundays. Due to tasting room restrictions, please call before you go. They sometimes feature live music with local musicians on Friday evenings. Facebook page.
Kelsey Creek Brewing, 3945 Main Street, 707-279-2311
Kelsey Creek is the place for beer lovers. They serve a variety of beers, including their own brews (listed on their web site). They usually open at noon on weekends and 2PM weekdays and stay open until 8PM but current hours may be shorter. Web site.
A + H General Store, 3925 Main Street, 707-279-5166
A + H carries unique gift items, gourmet foods, and local Lake County products. It's a great place to pick up some cheese, salami, and crackers for a picnic or buy a local souvenir. To order ahead for curb side pick-up see their Web site. Open Wednesdays - Sundays, 11AM - 4PM. Facebook page.
Carmelita's Cocina, 3919 Main Street, 707-279-5061
Carmelita's has good homemade Mexican food for lunch or dinner (closed Sundays). Facebook page.
Oak Boutique, 3940 Main Street, 707-281-6010
Across the street from A + H is their sister store, Oak Boutique, with clothes for girls and women of all ages plus accessories and jewelry. Open Wednesdays - Sundays, 11Am - 4PM. See what they have on their web site or visit their Facebook page for more.
The Courtyard, 3970 Main Street
Several small shops are in the Courtyard including Two Sisters Antique and Vintage Collectibles and an art gallery. Wednesdays - Saturdays, 11AM - 4PM.
Fore Family Vineyards, 3920 Main Street, 707-245-7554
Fore Family's wine tasting room is open Saturday and Sunday afternoons by appointment. Web site.
John's Market Taqueria, 3860 Main Street, 707-279-2440
John's Market is a small store with groceries, Mexican items, and take-out Mexican foods.
Saw Shop Public House, 3825 Main Street, 707-278-0129
The Saw Shop is a favorite for creative dining options. They serve lunch and dinner with a nice patio for outside dining. It's also a great place to get dinner to bring back to Camp - they feature a daily special grab-n-skidaddle dinner (usually posted on their Facebook page).
Martha Bakerjian is a part-time employee at Clear Lake Campground and writes a web site about Italy: