Where to Go
From the launching ramp at Clear Lake Campground turn right and continue on Cache creek with your back to the highway.
Our itinerary takes you into a marsh, past a blue heron rookery, and out into the lake where a stand of tules hosts a clamorous array of red-winged, tri-colored and yellow-headed blackbirds. Amongst the cottonwoods, valley oaks, California buckeye, California bay, and native California black walnut that line the creek you'll see plenty of birds, and in late April and into May you'll likely encounter large carp mating noisily in the shadows and you might come upon turtles sunning themselves on low branches and rocks.
Let's take a look at the Map:
If you're wondering what the distances for the itinerary might be, it's approximately 1.9 miles to Indian Island.
Freshwater Marsh Birds
"The marsh’s waters are home to mallards, double-crested cormorants, and various
Riparian Woodland Birds You Might See
Great Blue Herons, Red-shouldered hawks, great horned owls, Anna’s hummingbirds, American crows, wood ducks, phainopepla, golden eagles, and northern orioles thrive in Riparian Woodland.
Enjoy your kayak trip. Don't let go of that camera. Find more places for bird watching around the lake.
Martha Bakerjian is a part-time employee at Clear Lake Campground and writes a web site about Italy: