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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