Shaping the Future of Clear Lake State Park: California’s Plan

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Press release from California State Parks:

California State Parks…announced the department is developing a comprehensive general plan for the future of Clear Lake State Park in Lake County. The plan will enrich the visitor experience, address critical resource management and infrastructure needs, and incorporate public input into decisions about the park’s future direction. An initial step to gathering public input is an online survey that is now open until May 15, 2024, in English and Spanish.

The approximately 590-acre state park is one of California’s natural gems located approximately 125 miles north of San Francisco and 100 miles northwest of Sacramento.

“This comprehensive planning effort for Clear Lake State Park is a tremendous opportunity to assess long-standing challenges, develop thoughtful management strategies, and maximize opportunities to engage park visitors and the community,” said Matt Teague, Northern Buttes District Superintendent. “Already known as a premier fishing destination under picturesque Mt. Konocti, this planning effort will highlight the park’s other natural and cultural resources that demonstrate its value and significance to the California State Park System.”

The planning process for the general plan is underway and is expected to be completed within a three-year timeframe. The plan aims to create a visionary framework for the park by defining objectives, goals, and guidelines to direct park staff and management in making strategic decisions about park operations, improvements, and the stewardship of its natural and cultural resources.

The preparation of the Clear Lake General Plan includes an environmental impact report (EIR) to evaluate potential environmental impacts associated with proposals within the general plan.

California State Parks looks forward to embarking on this journey with the public, California Native American tribes, and other stakeholders to ensure the park remains a cherished and accessible destination for all visitors.

To stay up to date and receive notice of upcoming engagement opportunities and project updates, be sure to visit Clear Lake SP General Plan (ca.gov). Questions and comments can be sent to [email protected].

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tru matters
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tru matters
1 month ago

 is one of California’s natural gems?”

If you over look the algae blooms and mercury contamination.

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1 month ago
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And overlook the awful roads…

Antichrist
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Antichrist
1 month ago

roads are so bad in lake county wheel bearings only last a year tierods on just about every car older than about 2 years are shot ball joints even on cars and trucks just a year old fail just had an alignment done and a week later had to have another one , it is becoming something of a joke , climate change whatever but if they fixed the roads cars and trucks would get better milage as they would be able to maintain proper alignment and tire pressure wheel balance and use less fuel to go the same places , but hey heard transportation dollars are gonna build a really nice trail someplace and those bike paths sure look nice without potholes larger than the bikes ……

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Tires also suffer, and they are not getting less expensive…

Visitors to Lake County, on the other hand, will be recognized by their Tesla S’s, Mercedes Benz’s, Brand-New 4X4’s, Porsche SUV’s and Audis too…

Every time I see a $100,000 pickup towing a $120,000 Ranger Boat (perfectly matched in color), or a Mastercraft, I start laughing my ass off…

That boat will have to be detailed to get the scum off, and this time of year, your prop should be the “cheaper” type…

I have lived here, near the Konocti, for 10 years, and you will not find a quieter place, a better view of the stars, cleaner air or just peaceful existence with nature… We got Foxes, Turkeys, Geese, Eagles, and, Deer…

True, the trees are dying, the weather is challenging, fire danger is as high as anywhere else, and fire insurance is expensive…

It’s remote, it’s populated by Seniors and Weekenders, there is a large town called Clear Lake, which defies description here, so suffice it to be called a pinnacle of poverty, and mostly about as safe as Oakland…

Lakeport has one of the highest crime rates in the state, at a 1 in 24 chance (that’s almost 5%) of being a victim…

Many of the homes here are themselves victims, of bad renters, absentee owners who inherited the place but never visit, and an army of “flippers”, who lately seem to be losing their asses…

The elders here all have some hustle going here too, dried flowers, earring-making, pottery, jewelry, firewood, vehicle flipping, and estate-sales attract State-Fair size crowds…

On the plus side, homes are selling at bargain prices, trailers in parks have gone as low as $15,000, $23,000, $35,000, and some decent homes with massive views have gone lately, as low as $4-500,000…

It’s better than a lot of places, beats the hell out of the home I had in Redway, and as a retired person, you could do a lot worse than rural Lake County…

For the State Park, I have never been there, but locals park on the road to avoid the fee, and driving on Soda Bay Road is frightening and extremely dangerous…

I hear it’s beautiful, but I almost never go to Lakeport, or into Clearlake, and the Highway 20 corridor is pretty awful, so I skip that too…

I like to shop in Santa Rosa, do Medical stuff in Yuba City or Woodland, and if I had visitors, I wouldn’t bother to show them Upper Lake, which has a “Nazi Memorabilia” shop and a brand new Dunkin Donuts…

There’s no culture, nearly no commerce, the permitted pot farmers all went broke, and the flippers are stuck with what they have, as the market has turned down here, while increasing 6% a month just a few miles in any direction…

You don’t see plastic-sheeting tents on the sidewalk, you see few beggars, permanent-camping is not so common, and standing in the Safeway Parking lot with a cardboard sign could easily get you handcuffed and searched, so you don’t want to do that…

All in all, it’s a broke-down and extremely poor region, with luxury vacation homes in some places and plentiful 70 year-old mobile homes in many others…

Clear Lake is the center for Low-Income and Disabled, and Elderly housing, with hundreds of new units under construction… A miasma of misery and mendicants, mixed with the usual drug trade and sex-workers…

The Park, has a lot of Oak Trees, some waterfront and some other features, and if you want to Kayak, check it out…

Yeah, the Lake is polluted, and it can smell in the summer, but it’s a large natural lake, and on the 4th of July, the place is hopping… People move here from Connecticut, San Mateo, San Diego, and all over the East Bay, even from Oregon, and they think it’s a great place to live…

I just think it’s quiet, and mostly, OK, but I leave to shop, and I prefer to vacation in Hawaii…

Clear Lake: It’s not Tahoe…

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1 month ago

Lake County Motto:

“Come retired, leave expired…”

Or:

“Come on Vacation, leave on probation…”

Andrew Jon Thomson
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Andrew Jon Thomson
1 month ago
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The quote was about the state park. The mercury and algae problems are in the lake, not in the state park, which doesn’t include the lake.

tru matters
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tru matters
1 month ago

edit:

algal and cyanobacteria blooms 

Mike
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Mike
1 month ago
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We heard you the first time. Do you even live in Clearlake?

Carol
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Carol
1 month ago

I have a second home in Lakeport (on Clear Lake). It is incredibly beautiful. It needs more hiking & biking trails desperately. I love it there.

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