There’s just something about Lake County. Maybe it’s the air and its reputation for being rated the third cleanest in the country, with exceptional clarity year-round. Maybe it’s the water. Many bodies of water are scattered throughout Lake County for fishermen, boaters, and watersports enthusiasts to enjoy, including Clear Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake in California, as well as Blue Lakes, Lake Pillsbury, Highland Springs and Indian Valley reservoirs, and Borax Lake.
Perhaps it’s the rural character. Lake County’s untarnished landscapes and distinct seasons provide opportunities for a range of activities – by land, by water, or by air. From volcano hikes to rock hunting, agricultural festivals to indoor and outdoor wine events, or relaxing nature-based activities like bird watching, hiking, a wildflower tour, or kayaking. Dare to experience extreme sports like hang gliding or wakeboarding. Or just enjoy old favorites like golfing and boating.
Lake County is the place to get outdoors and get moving.
The annual Konocti Challenge bicycle race features three challenging courses: a 30-mile course that winds through the resort and vineyard sections of north Lakeport; a 65-mile adventure course along the lakeshore; and the endurance-testing 100-mile course around the lake; plus an 18-mile family fun ride. You can see photos from the race on www.youtube.com, or visit www.konoctichallenge.com
Whatever the reason, more and more people are making their way to Lake County, where they’re finding adventures every day, as well as a relieving pause to the bustle of city life.
With its rural setting and rich soils, Lake County’s landscapes are radiant with blooms, blossoms, and buds during the spring and summer. Seas of lupine and other wildflowers flood meadows with color while western redbud make themselves known in vibrant magenta blooms among surrounding foliage. These and other native and non-native plants and shrubs scatter Lake County’s valley floors, rocky hillsides, and fruit trees with all shades of bright.
Various events are held throughout the year, and activities are available with opportunities to learn more about the magnificent flora. Choose from hikes with close-up looks, lectures, displays, and guided activities. Or take one of our favorite wildflower drives on your own:
- Highway 175 from Middletown to Cobb
- Bottle Rock Road from Cobb to Kelseyville
- Point Lakeview and Soda Bay roads from Highway 29 west of Lower Lake to Soda Bay and Kelseyville
- Highway 29 or Spruce Grove Road between Middletown and Lower Lake
- Clover or Bachelor Valley roads outside Upper Lake
- Through pear and walnut orchards throughout the Big Valley agricultural area surrounding the towns of Kelseyville and Finley
For more information on parks and other public lands, visit our Parks and Public Lands page.