Clear Lake
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Clear Lake


Lower Bay View Campground, Clear Lake State Park, CA

Lower Bay View Campground

Clear Lake Attractions

Clear Lake has miles of shoreline with a wide range of attractions and a plethora of recreation opportunities. Campers at one of the Clear Lake State Park Campgrounds have many of the lake's attractions nearby.

  • Fish for bass in Clear Lake's broad waters.
  • Enjoy boating, water skiing, jet skis, wakeboarding, and sailing.
  • Visit Anderson Marsh State Historic Park and the McVicar Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Hike, horseback ride, and mountain bike around Boggs Mountain.
  • Be in Clear Lake for the annual Splash-In, a rally of vintage seaplanes. Usually in late September.
  • Rent all kinds of boats at Disney's Boat Rentals.

Key Clear Lake State Park Campground Regulations

  1. Wood collecting is not allowed, including twigs and leaves. Purchase firewood locally to avoid bringing in invasive pests.
  2. Generators may only be operated sparingly from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
  3. Dogs must be kept on leash. They are not permitted on trails and must be kept in a tent or vehicle at night. They may never be left unattended.

Clear Lake State Park Campgrounds

Clear Lake State Park Campgrounds are on the west side of Clear Lake in Lake County, 3½ miles northeast of Kelseyville. Visitors to Clear Lake State Park enjoy hiking, swimming, waterskiing, boating, and fishing. The State Park has 4 campgrounds - Cole Creek, Kelsey Creek, Lower Bayview, and Upper Bayview. Kelsey Creek Campground is open year-round and is the only campground with lakeside sites. Some Lower Bay View Campsites have nice views of the lake.

In all, Clear Lake State Park Campgrounds offer 136 campsites and 2 Group Campsites. Of the standard campsites, two are tent-only sites. The Lower Bayview and Upper Bayview campgrounds are a little farther back up a hill from the lake than Kelsey Creek. The contrast between Kelsey Creek Campground and Upper Bay View Campground is stark. While Kelsey Creek campsites are in lush forest, Upper Bay View is much more arid. Cole Creek Campground is inland along the creek. Its campsites are spread across open ground beneath a canopy of trees. Two Hike & Bike campsites are also available.

Changes in California State Parks Reservation System

California State Parks is switching to a new reservation system beginning August 1, 2017. ReserveCalifornia will replace the previous ReserveAmerica. "Beginning on midnight July 26, 2017, the website and telephone reservations for California's state parks will be temporarily offline to prepare for the exciting launch of the new system on August 1. During this time, all existing reservations will be honored. An electronic or hard copy from ReserveAmerica will need to be presented to State Parks staff when checking in for reservation made prior to July 26, 2017."

Clear Lake State Park Campgrounds Basics
Clear Lake State Park Campgrounds Location: On Soda Bay Road, 3½ miles northeast of Kelseyville
Elevation: 1,340 feet
Mileage and driving time from gateway city: San Francisco - 109 miles, 2:25
Sacramento - 102 miles, 1:49
Camping season: Cole Creek - mid-May through mid-September
Kelsey Creek - year-round
Lower and Upper Bay View - late May through mid-September
Number of Sites: 136
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 vehicle + 1 legally towed vehicle
Pets: On leash, always attended
Park Headquarters: (707) 279-2267

Reservations at Clear Lake State Park Campgrounds
Reservations Available: whenever campgrounds are open, except for Kelsey Creek which is first come, first served from October through March
Booking Window: Reservations can be made from 2 days up to 7 months in advance of arrival date. New dates are released in 1-month blocks on the first of each month.
Maximum Vehicle Length: 35 feet
Accessible Sites: #6, 21, 38ADA, 50, 65, 86, 89
Fees: Standard sites $30, premium sites $35-$40 (Hike & Bike $5)
Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia: Clear Lake State Park Campground Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Clear Lake State Park Campgrounds Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food storage locker, fire ring
Campground: restrooms with flush toilets, tap water, fish cleaning stations
Showers: Yes (except Lower Bayview)
Dump Station: Yes
Campground Map: Clear Lake SP Campground Map
Attractions near Clear Lake State Park Campgrounds: Enjoy a broad Swim beach. Use the boat launch and marina. Hike the 2½-mile Dorn Trail (a guided interpretative trail). The Kelsey Creek Trail is an accessible trail which highlights the waterfowl that inhabit Kelsey Slough. Tour the Visitor Center.

Clear Lake State Park Group Campsites

Clear Lake State Park has 2 group, tent-only campsites, each of which can accommodate up to 40 people and 8 vehicles. The campsites have shade ramadas, tables, fire rings, nearby restrooms with flushable toilets, and showers.
Fees: $75 per night
Reservations from ReserveCalifornia:
Clear Lake State Park Group Campsite Reservations

Reservations Tips

ReserveCalifornia Reservations Tips

California State Parks' new reservation system - ReserveCalifornia - now allows campers "to make reservations 6 months to the day in advance of their arrival date." For example, on January 1 reservations can be made for stays beginning on July 1. In the past, reservations were released in one-month blocks. Now it is day by day. For months with fewer days than the month 6 months away, reservations for the remaining days will be released in a small cluster on the first of the next month. For example, on March 1 (because February is a short month) you can make reservations for stays beginning August 29-31. Read details at ReserveCalifornia.

Kelsey Campground, Clear Lake State Park, CA

Kelsey Creek Campground


Beach at Clear Lake State Park, CA

Clear Lake State Park Beach

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