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.
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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2022 Update: we don't have Basic Training Camp dates set yet for 2022. Watch our Facebook page for updates.
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!
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!”
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.
What Can I See and Do on My Way to Clear Lake Campground?
Whether you want to hike, visit a winery, shop, or just enjoy a scenic drive, routes to or from Lake County offer several options. Most wineries are currently open by reservation only so be sure to call ahead. Other places suggested may also be closed or have limited hours so we advise you to check in advance.
These are our suggestions for your drive to Clear Lake Campground, depending on which direction you'll be coming from - or on your drive home (just reverse the directions).
From Sacramento area:
Instead of taking I5 to Hwy 20, take the Hwy 16 exit near Woodland and follow the slightly longer but more scenic route through the Capay Valley. Along Hwy 16 you'll pass small farms, olive groves, and almond and fruit orchards as you drive through the tiny towns of Esparto, Capay, Brooks, and Guinda. Just before Brooks is the huge Cache Creek Casino Resort, the only big development in this rural area. In Brooks, stop at Seka Hills Olive Mill for olive oil and other local products. Capay Valley Vineyards, also in Brooks offers visits by appointment (530- 796-4110). The historic Commons Farm Kitchen in Guinda is a roadside eatery dating from 1926 with outdoor dining or food to go. Cache Creek runs through the valley along Hwy 16 to Cache Creek Regional Park, a good spot for a picnic. It's also a popular place for inner tubing on the creek. When you get to Hwy 20, turn left.
Along Hwy 20 from I5:
Coming from either south or north, take Hwy 20 west. The exit is near the town of Williams where you can stop at the historic Granzella's Restaurant for take-out or food shopping in their store. Continuing on Hwy 20, or if you're joining Hwy 20 from the scenic Hwy 16 route, hikers can stop at the Redbud Trail hiking area in the Cache Creek Management Area on the left side of the highway as you're heading toward Lake County. You'll get great views and may even see Tule Elk. Two wineries are along this route (call ahead for reservations to visit): Cache Creek Vineyards and Brassfield.
* Note: If you like these options, you can also take this route to/from Fairfield, Concord, or Oakland although it's longer.
From San Francisco and the South Bay on the 101 Freeway:
From 101, you have several options depending on how much extra time you have. But if you want to spend the day on your road trip, you could visit some places along the coast on your way (note that traffic may be bad along the coast on weekends though). Popular coast destinations include Point Reyes National Seashore, Bodega Bay, or Jenner. But here are more convenient options, depending on how long you want to spend on the road:
From the East Bay and San Francisco through the Napa Valley:
From Highway 80, exit at Highway 37 in Vallejo. You'll pass Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, a place the kids might enjoy. Turn right onto Highway 29 toward Napa, then you have 2 options:
Whichever way you decide to drive, we look forward to welcoming you at Clear Lake Campground:
Calling all northern Californian campers:
It's always a good time to dream about your ideal vacation in your RV or camper even if you're not ready to travel yet. Are you dreaming of a great place to fish right at camp? Do you want to kayak or launch your boat? How about bird-watching or access to nearby hiking trails. Or maybe you just want a convenient, relaxing place to escape for the weekend with your family.
Clear Lake Campground, on the shore of Cache Creek in Lake County, is the perfect place for any of these activities. We're a small, friendly vintage RV park with full hook-ups that's easy to access from the Bay Area, Sacramento, and many places in northern California.
Anderson Marsh State Park is across the creek from us, so from the waterfront camp sites you'll have a great view of nature. From our shore you can fish for catfish, crappie, and blue gill and if you have a boat, you can easily get to Clear Lake, known as the best lake for bass fishing west of the Mississippi. Anderson Marsh has hiking trails and is a good place for bird watching. The entrance is just a few minutes drive from camp.
Planning your vacation can be a fun activity itself and research shows that it can be good for your mental health. So browse our web site and blog posts to fuel your camping dream and plan to visit us when we reopen:
This summer plan a vacation close to home and discover new places and things to do in northern California. Bring your RV or camper to Clear Lake Campground and explore the natural beauty of Lake County.
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The last Tuesday of January is National Plan Your Vacation Day and it's the perfect time to book a camp site at Clear Lake Campground. Camp opens March 1 and there are activities and things to do in Lake County in all seasons. By planning and booking in advance you'll often save money and be assured that you get the type of campsite you want. Whether you want solitude or a vacation with family or friends, a camping vacation has many benefits.
Clear Lake is a top place for fishing and has been rated as the second-best lake in the United States for bass fishing. Campers often catch fish right from our shoreline. Clear Lake is a prime location for birding, kayaking, or just relaxing. Lake County also has live music, special events and activities year-round. Monthly events include the Fiddlers Jam at Ely Stage Stop the first Sunday of the month and guided walks at Anderson Marsh most months on the second Saturday morning.
To learn more about Clear Lake Campground and nearby activities, see our FAQ page. If you have an RV, why not plan a monthly camping vacation? Tent camping is also available from early spring through early fall and we even have 3 canvas bell tents already set up for you.
Here's a sampling of top events planned for each month (please check in advance to see if they are being held this year):
March is when fishing really starts picking up. The Clear Lake Bass Tournament is held in mid-March. Wildflowers start blooming and birds are abundant. March is also a good time for visiting nearby wineries.
April is usually a top month for kayaking and boating. Kayak and canoe rentals are available right at the Clear Lake Campground. Spring break is a great time to come to Clear Lake Campground.
In May one of the top events is Heron Days, sponsored by the Lake County Audubon Society. Some events are held right at Clear Lake Campground, activities include pontoon boat tours in Anderson Marsh. The Catfish Derby, held in Clearlake Oaks, is billed as the largest catfish tournament west of the Mississippi. A Wine Adventure Weekend is usually held in late May, with more than 25 participating wineries. Mother's Day is in May so if your mom likes to camp, treat her to a weekend at Clear Lake Campground. There's usually a special Mother's Day concert at Soper Reese Theater in Lakeport and several restaurants have a special Mother's Day brunch.
June is the month to relive the wild west. Upper Lake Wild West Day is usually held the first Saturday of the month, with a parade, ice cream social, BBQ, live music, and activities for kids. Mid-month is Middletown Days, with a parade, BBQ, horseshoe tournament, chili cook off, hay rides, and even Cowboy Church on Sunday. A camping weekend makes a good Father's Day gift, too.
4th of July is a great time to come to Clear Lake Campground. Fireworks are spread out over several nights at different locations around the lake and there's a street fair in Lakeport. In Clearlake there's a small parade followed by the International Worm Races. See last year's 4th of July events in Lake County. The CDFW usually schedules a free fishing day on the weekend before July 4 and you can fish right at the campground.
August events include free Friday night concerts in Lakeport's Library Park and the Lakeside Car and Boat Show in mid-August with music, vendors, food, and high-performance boats making passes by Library Park.
The first weekend in September is the Lake County Fair held in Lakeport with lots of fun events for the whole family. The Kelseyville Pear Festival, a huge street fair and parade celebrating Lake County's agricultural heritage, is the last weekend of the month.
The first Saturday in October is the Konocti Challenge Cycling Race. Participants can sign up for one of 4 different bicycling routes around Clear Lake, ranging from a 20 mile family fun ride to a century ride. Steele Winery usually holds a Harvest Festival the second weekend of October, with lots of fun activities for the whole family.
In November there are several arts and crafts fairs including the Dickens' Faire, the last Saturday of the month in downtown Lakeport. November is still a great time for birding, hiking, and wine tasting.
Clearlake's Christmas parade is held the first Saturday of December. The annual bird count takes place in early December. Anderson Marsh usually holds a special Christmas at the Ranch in December with music and Santa.
For more special events and the live music schedule, see the Lake County Chamber of Commerce Events Calendar.
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Martha Bakerjian is a travel writer who divides her time between Clearlake and northern Tuscany. She writes about Italy on her site, Martha's Italy.
Martha Bakerjian is a part-time employee at Clear Lake Campground and writes a web site about Italy: