Destination guide

Discover a Californian favorite at Clear Lake

Set amid the picture-perfect surroundings of Lake County, Clear Lake offers a blissful setting for a California getaway. Travelers come for the fantastic bass fishing and burgeoning wine scene but soon discover that the Golden State's largest freshwater lake has plenty more up its sleeve. Relaxing on the beach, exploring vast swathes of wilderness and a generous helping of outdoor adventure are all on the agenda here, and whether you're traveling with family or hanging out with friends, Clear Lake vacation rentals offer a great base from which to discover the ample range of activities on offer.

Things to do

Find your culture fix at Clear Lake

The quaint communities and towns surrounding the lake offer up ample attractions to keep the whole family entertained. A trip to one of the area's wineries is a must for wine connoisseurs, with the scenic Brassfield Estate particularly worth a visit, if only for a taste of its much-lauded Pinot Noir 2011. If a culture fix is on the agenda, the Ely Stage Stop and Country Museum serves up exactly that. As night falls, the biggest attraction is of a natural variety, with many travelers content to stargaze from the deck of their rental.


Choose your passion at Clear Lake

From Soda Bay to Clearlake Oaks, you'll find that many lakeside rentals come with a private stretch of sand, making topping up your tan a breeze. If you're keen to get out on the water, kayaks, stand up paddleboards and pedal boats, as well as motorboats, can be hired from Clear Lake Marina. Kids will love to cast a line from the fishing pier at Redbud Park, although if you're enjoying an adult only break, a sunset cruise, available right through summer until the end of September, can be a lovely way to add a little romance to your stay.


Clear Lake is a year-round hotspot

While fishing is a year-round option on Clear Lake, vacationers who like to feel the sun on their face would be wise to head to the lake in the summer months. Temperatures from June through September regularly top 80 degrees, while the rest of the year typically hovers between 55 and 75. Fall can be another popular time for stays in a Clear Lake vacation rental, with travelers often drawn to the Anderson Marsh State Historic Park, where meandering nature walks often result in glimpses of busy acorn woodpeckers storing their winter stash among the towering granary trees.

Natural features

Natural highlights at Clear Lake

Clear Lake is home to an abundance of wildlife but none quite so majestic as the great blue heron, North America's largest heron. If you're lucky enough to be staying in a Clear Lake vacation rental in early May, you'll be all set for Lake County Heron Day, an annual event that sees expert-led pontoon boats set sail from Lakeside County and Redbud Parks for a close-up view of the rookeries. For a change of scenery all year round, Mendocino National Forest, lying north of the lake, counts 4 wilderness areas, vast canyons and natural hot springs among its highlights.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Clear Lake

The nearest airport is in Willows, CA (WLW-Willows-Glenn County), located 39.9 mi (64.2 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Santa Rosa, CA (STS-Sonoma County), which is 42.4 mi (68.3 km) away.

Where to stay around Clear Lake?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 127 vacation rentals near Clear Lake. From 75 Houses to 6 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Clear Lake for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Clear Lake?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Clear Lake. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Napa: 949 vacation rentals
  • Napa County: 1,034 vacation rentals
  • Healdsburg: 773 vacation rentals
  • Santa Rosa: 1,119 vacation rentals
  • St Helena: 569 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Clear Lake! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Clear Lake?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Clear Lake:

  • Napa: 949 rentals
  • Healdsburg: 773 rentals
  • Santa Rosa: 1,119 rentals
  • St Helena: 569 rentals
  • Calistoga: 547 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Clear Lake?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Clear Lake. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Calistoga Hot Springs: 1,899 rentals
  • Healdsburg Plaza: 245 rentals
  • Lake Sonoma: 575 rentals
  • Dry Creek Vineyard: 545 rentals
  • Armstrong Redwoods State Park: 868 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Clear Lake listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.