About Clearlake

Lake County California at a Glance

Location and Size

Lake County is in Northern California, north of the San Francisco Bay Area. It is slightly inland from the Pacific Ocean. It is bordered by Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Glenn, Colusa, and Yolo counties. Lake County California covers an area of 1,327 square miles. The highest peak in Lake County is Snow Mountain at 7,056 feet in the wilderness area of the Mendocino National Forest.

The History of Lake County California

The history of Lake County California certainly is fascinating and varied. From ancient Clear Lake and Mt. Konocti to the Pomo Indians, turn-of-the-century hot springs resorts, and modern-day agricultural production of winegrapes and pears, Lake County has a long history and wonderful heritage from the past for future generations to come.

Geologists believe that Clear Lake may be the oldest lake in North America, with lakes existing at its site for approximately 2.5 million years. Clear Lake was born when a huge landslide dammed the headwaters of Cold Creek, blocking westward water flow into the Russian River. Water filled the level valley. The rising waters eventually found an outlet in Cache Creek, which drained eastward into the Sacramento River.

Major Events

Independence Day Festivities
Activities around Lake County promise a slice of Americana on the Fourth of July, including fireworks, street fairs, a parade in Lakeport, even the Clearlake International Worm Races. Fireworks dazzle the sky above Clear Lake at the Lakeport Independence Day festivities, the Maxine Sherman Annual Fireworks in Clearlake Oaks, and in the private community of Hidden Valley Lake. Visit our full Events Calendar.

Lake County Wine Adventure
Held annually on the third weekend in May, this two-day passport-type event features wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, barrel tastings, tours, and prize drawings at wineries and tasting rooms throughout Lake County. www.lakecountywineries.org

Kelseyville Pear Festival
Held every year on the last Saturday in September in the quaint town of Kelseyville, the event features pear activities and pear packing competitions, cooking demonstrations and pear tastings, quilt show, arts and crafts, fine art show and sale, children’s activities, mule-drawn wagon rides, food, antique tractor exhibit, live music, a parade, and the “Pear Pavilion.” Lake County is the largest supplier of premium fresh pears in California. Since the first commercial Bartlett orchard was planted in the late 1880s, buyers have chosen Lake County Mountain pears. This reputation began in 1885 when Lake County Bartlett pears were exhibited at the New Orleans World’s Fair. Presented by Kelseyville Business Association. www.pearfestival.com

Holiday Parades and Festivals
In numerous small towns around Lake County, there are heart-warming and welcoming holiday parades of lights, tree-lightings, festivals, and even a month-long teddy bear reunion in Upper Lake.


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