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 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
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.