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Lake County is a destination for all ages. Spend the afternoon on the lake, gather under the stars for a double feature at one of the few remaining drive-ins, and stay overnight at a campground where the next morning holds infinite possibilities for quality time and fun.

The Visitor Center at Clear Lake State Park has an interpretive diorama of an Indian Village and Anderson Marsh State Historic Park has a historic ranch complex. The Lake County Historic Courthouse Museum also has displays of Pomo baskets, artifacts, a tule boat, and dioramas.

Clearlake Library
14785 Burns Valley Road, Clearlake
(707) 994-5115
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Wednesday: 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m.
Lakeport Library
1425 North High Street, Lakeport
(707) 263-8816
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday:  10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Wednesday:  12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m.
Middletown Library
21267 Calistoga Road, Middletown
(707) 987-3674
Tuesday through Friday:  1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Saturday:  10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Upper Lake Library
310 Second Street, Upper Lake
(707) 275-2049
Tuesday through Friday:  1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Saturday:  10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Clarke's Collectibles & Lunchbox Museum
3674 E Hwy 20, Nice
(707) 274-9952, (707) 695-7374
www.retrodeb.com
Vintage, antique and collectible items.  Exhibits and displays for all ages.  Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. or by appointment.
Ely Stage Stop and Country Museum
 Ely Stage Stop150x100 9921 Soda Bay Road (Highway 281), Kelseyville
(707) 533-9990
elystagestop.com
Benjamin Ely and his family purchased the S-Bar-S Ranch in 1882 and, over the years, expanded the ranch to include farming operations, commercial corrals, a two-story hotel, post office, and general store.  The Ely Stage Stop became a relay station for stagecoaches, offering drivers a place to change horses while passengers enjoyed a meal.  Today, after a relocation in 2007 and careful restoration, the Ely Stage Stop and Country Museum offers visitors from all over the world an opportunity to learn about Lake County's agricultural heritage. Saturday and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Lower Lake Historic Schoolhouse Museum
Schoolhouse Museum 16435 Main Street, Lower Lake
(707) 995-3565
www.co.lake.ca.us/government/directory/museums

This magnificent two-story, three-room, schoolhouse was built in 1877 from locally kilned brick, had a French roof, a 70 foot bell tower, served as the area school until 1935, and today is designated as a California Point of Historical Interest. The upstairs auditorium was used for town meetings, funerals, traveling shows and other social events. The bell tower was damaged in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and was removed, and the roof then restyled from French to Mansard, with the building then covered with a thick layer of stucco.

Visitors can see history come alive on living history days, when people dressed in period costume demonstrate pioneer implements such as the spinning wheel, treadle sewing machine, butter churn, and player piano.

Schoolroom Exhibit
A replica of an early Lake County schoolroom lets children try out desks from various eras, write with chalk on real slates, and see toys and books from days gone by.

Weaver Auditorium
Not only a school, the auditorium on the second floor was used for town meetings, funerals, traveling shows, and other social events. The auditorium is still in use today by the community for theater productions and other events.

Mining and Pioneer Artifacts
The museum’s main collection consists of pioneer artifacts from local families including furnishings, clothing and more. There is a large Lake County Diamond display and a rock and mineral display featuring a sample of rock containing gold flakes from the Homestake gold mine that was active throughout the 1980s.

Research Room
Lake County historian Henry Mauldin’s 10,000-page indexed history of Lake County is the centerpiece of this room, as well as historical plot maps, birth and death records,cattle brands, and more.

Stone House Museum
18174 Hidden Valley Road, Hidden Valley Lake
(707) 987-3138
www.lakecountystonehouse.com
A California registered landmark, the Stone House Museum is the oldest building in Lake County.  Stone House was built in 1853 to replace the crude log cabin headquarters of the 21,200-acre Guenoc land grant. It contained all of Coyote Valley, from current Spruce Grove Road almost to Middletown, stretching southeast to include the lands that became Guenoc/Langtry vineyards. Tours are available on the second Saturday of each month.
Tony Oliveira's First and Main Museum & Antiques
First & Main Street, Upper Lake
(707) 275-9408
Early West cowboy bridles, boots, buggies, gambling & saloon items and California paintings.  Open most Fridays through Mondays.  10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Admission fee.
The Geysers Geothermal Visitor Center
15500 Central Park Road, Middletown
(866)-GEYSERS (439-7377) or (707-987-4270
www.geysers.com
The Geysers is the world's largest geothermal energy source using clean, renewable steam from the earth to make electricity. The Calpine Geothermal Visitor Center features hands-on interactive energy exhibits, films, and picnic area.  Free to the public.  Wednesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Movies & Theaters


Lakeport Auto Movies
52 Soda Bay Road
Lakeport, CA 95453
(707) 263-5011
www.lakeportautomovies.com
One of few drive-ins in operation today, Lakeport Auto Movies is open all summer, always offering double-feature specials for all ages. Featuring a state of the art  digital projection system with a bright chrisp picture.  Moviegoers without audio need not worry; rentals are available at the snack bar, along with all sort of treats.  It's a fun time and excellent deal for watching the latest film on an enormous screen under the star filled sky.  Open nightly during the summer; weekends only in the spring and the early fall.  Credit Cards accepted for tickets and concession purchases.
Lakeport Cinema 5
52 Soda Bay Road
Lakeport, CA 95453
(707) 263-4215
www.lakeportcinema.com
State of the art digital cinema featuring Hollywood's top movies.  Free admission kids series Thursday mornings during the summer. Fully accessible facility with closed captioning and descriptive narration.  Credit cards accepted for tickets and concession purchases.
Clearlake Stadium Cinemas
3380 Washington
Clearlake, CA 95422
(707) 994-7469
www.clearlakecinema.com
All shows $5.00.
Soper-Reese Community Theatre

275 S. Main Street
Lakeport, CA 95453
(707) 263-6120
www.soperreesetheatre.com

Originally built as a movie house in the Art Deco style, the theater has undergone a large-scale renovation, a project driven by the Lake County Arts Council with tremendous community support that has transformed it into a center for the performing arts. With seating capacity for 275, a large stage, and a state-of-the-art sound system, the theater provides a popular venue for plays, concerts, fashion shows, and other theatrical and cultural performances.

 

 

 

Animals

Hrutky's Egg Ranch
Hrutky's Egg Ranch 2750 Old Hwy 53, Clearlake, CA 95422
(707) 994-2317
Open 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Tuesdays and Saturdays or by appointment
Fresh eggs for sale. See chickens, egg room, chicks when brooding, as an educational experience.  Directions: five miles north of Lower Lake on Hwy 53, take Olympic Drive or Old Hwy 53 (north end) exit.
Lake County Fair
Lake County Fair 401 Martin Street
Lakeport, CA  95453
(707) 263-6181
www.lakecountyfair.com
Labor Day weekend. Rides, exhibits, vendors, Junior Livestock Auction, nightly entertainment.
Yerba Santa Dairy
6400 Scotts Valley Road, Lakeport
(707) 263-8131
Tour a working goat farm. Alpine, Swiss Saanen and La Mancha baby goats. Visit ChiCha the pet pig. Tours by appointment only. 

Bowling

Lakeside Family Fun & Event Center
Lakeside Lanes 872 Lakeport Blvd.
Lakeport, CA 95453
(707) 263-4828
www.lakesidefamilyfun.com
Twenty-four lane bowling alley with lazer tag, arcade, restaurant, and sports bar.  Little Lakesiders Funtown includes bounce house, crawler zone, dress-up castle, slide, ride-on toys, movie time, storytime, craft time, learning and building toys.  Party facilities. Meeting room. Catering available.

Pomo Culture

Lake County Historic Courthouse Museum
Courthouse Museum 255 N Main Street
Lakeport, CA 95453
(707) 263-4555
www.co.lake.ca.us

Located in Lakeport, this brick courthouse, completed in 1871, was the first courthouse in California to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970; later it was dedicated as a museum in 1978.

Pomo Basket Collection
Nearly 12,000 years ago, the Xa-Ben-Na-Po Band of Pomo Indians, whose descendants live here today, called Lake County home, as well as Wintun, Wappo, and Lake Miwok Indians. Thousands of stone tools and more than 300 superb examples of Pomo basketry have been acquired by the museum since the 1930s. The main gallery of the museum showcases many artifacts and displays of the Pomo lifestyle.

Victorian Parlor
In the Victorian Parlor, furnishing, clothing and ladies accessories, take the visitor back to a bygone era when streets were not paved, electricity was non-existent, and the mode of transportation was on horseback and carriage.

Courtroom
In 1897, famous British actress and socialite Lillie Langtry, who purchased Langtry Estate & Vineyards in the 1870s, received her divorce in this courtroom. In 1917, the landmark California Supreme Court case that granted the right to vote to Ethan Anderson, a Lake County Native American, as the first Native American in the US to win the right to vote, was decided here.

Rock and Mineral Room
Gems and minerals are abundant in Lake County, and in the state-of-the-art rock and mineral room, a 94-carat faceted Lake County Diamond is on display. Visitors will learn about these unique gems, as well as fossils, opal, jade, stribnite, onyx, jasper, and many other minerals found in the county. History and Mystery of Clear Lake

History and Mystery of Clear Lake
The permanent exhibit entitled the History and Mystery of Clear Lake has as its centerpiece a large scale satellite map of Clear Lake and the surrounding area and explains the origin of our ancient lake. 

Joe Waite Gun Room
Visitors learn about the early days of hunting and camping in Lake County with some very special firearms on display. Of special interest is "Old Fremont" a Revolutionary War Rifle that made its way across the plains with the Hammack party from Missouri in 1853.

 

Skate Parks

Andy Johnson Memorial Skate Park
Austin Skate Park 14077 Lakeshore Dr., Clearlake, CA  95422
(707) 994-8201
Outdoor skate park and BMX.  Part of Austin Park, which also offers lake swimming, playground and picnic areas, Haverty Ballfield, tennis courts, and bike paths.

Outdoors

A Gift Horse Equine Rescue & Rehabilitation
2340 Hummel Lane, Kelseyville
(707) 279-9933, (707) 533-3051
Riding lessons, therapy and family fun.
Bass Fishin' with Richard
Richard Pounds
PO Box 141, Kelseyville, CA  95451
(707) 279-4739
www.bassfishinclearlake.com
Year-round. Specializes in bass. Fishing instruction, including gear. Kids welcome.
Bob Thein's Fishing Guide Service
Bob Thein
3197 Bartram Circle, Clearlake, CA  95422
(707) 994-4886
(707) 350-1493
www.fishclearlakebass.com
Year-round. Specializes in bass. Fishing instruction, including gear, for beginners through professionals. Kids welcome. Sightseeing.
The King Connection
Terry Manthey
2740 Reeves Lane, Lakeport, CA  95453
(707) 263-8856
Year-round. Specializes in bass, crappie, bluegill. Fishing instruction, including gear. Bow fishing. Sightseeing, flower tours, nature photography. Hunting tours.  Kids welcome.
Hidden Valley Lake Stables
20432 Powder Horn Road, Middletown
(707) 363-3554
www.pashatingle.com
Horseback riding lessons, guided pasture rides, birthday parties and summer camps.
Highland Springs Recreation Area
Highland Springs 3600 E Highland Springs Road
Lakeport, CA  95453
(707) 263-2341
www.co.lake.ca.us

Warm water fishing, swimming, and non-powered boating are enjoyed at Highland Springs Reservoir, a small lake south of Lakeport. The reservoir covers 146 acres of land and is fed by Highland Creek. Catfish, bass, crappie, and bluegill are found in the lake. A large grassy area, picnic facilities, and restrooms are located next to the reservoir. There are horseshoe pits and a basketball court. A disc golf course just off Highland Springs Road is available for public use.

  • Disc/frisbee golf
  • Restrooms
  • Swimming
  • Hunting
  • Sparrows
  • Buffleheads
  • Catfish
  • Bluegill
  • Hiking trails
  • Picnic area
  • Horseshoe pits
  • Shooting range
  • Nashville Warbler
  • Coots
  • Bass
  • Horse trails
  • Beach
  • Fishing
  • BBQ
  • Lazuli Bunting
  • Mallards
  • Crappie
Jellystone RV Park and Camp Resort
Yogi Bear's Jelleystone Park 14117 Bottle Rock Road, Cobb, CA  95426
(707) 928-4322
(866) 928-4322
www.jellystonecobbmtn.com
Tent Rating 3


Along Kelsey Creek near the base of Cobb Mountain.Handicap access. Open all year.
  • Full hookups
  • Canoes/kayaks
  • Clubhouse
  • Miniature golf
  • Mining
  • Propane
  • Woodalls
  • Arcade

 

  • Store
  • Pool
  • Sports field
  • Horseshoe pits
  • Go cart bikes
  • Fishing
  • Firewood
  • AAA
  • Cabins
  • Group area
  • Paddle boats
  • Volleyball 
  • Outdoor movies
  • Laundry
  • Ice
  • Good Sams
RV site tent site Handicap Accessible pet policy
Middletown County Park and Pool
  20962 Big Canyon Road, Middletown
(707) 262-1618
Swimming pool, picnic area, playground, restrooms, showers and tennis court. Call for hours and fees.
Mountain Bikes
The trails in Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest on Cobb Mountain are a favorite spot for mountain biking; pick up a map at the Visitor Kiosk to find your way around the vast array of well-marked trails. There also is an informal neighborhood dirt bike trail system along the creek at the Hartmann Road turnoff to Hidden Valley Lake, just north of Middletown.
A1 Horse Programs/Owen Ranch
18585 Guenoc Lane, Hidden Valley
(707) 355-0121
Horseback riding lessons, summer camp, pony parties, birthday parties, trail rides, rodeo camp, competition training and boarding.
Pine Grove Resort
Pine Gove 149X130 15960 Bottle Rock Road, Cobb, CA  95426
(707) 928-4774
www.pinegrovecobb.com
$-$$$

A majestic forest retreat of timeless natural beauty, bordered by spring fed year-round Kelsey Creek and overlooked by Cobb Mountain. Pine Grove offers serene cabins with restful large creek side redwood outdoor decks, and a campground amongst beautiful towering pines. All cabins are unique and freestanding with one or two bedrooms, a lovely living room and bathroom, well equipped kitchen and a dining area. They are perfect for families, personal retreats or as a romantic getaway for couples.

Our two spring-fed pools are ideal for soaking, exercise or fun. The lawn features an optimal spot to lie in the sun or lounge in the shade. Enjoy great food served daily at our poolside grill. If you just want to grab a bite, order up lunch at our to-go service window and dine
in the shade of our oak grove picnic area.

Visit our website for more information about classes, workshops, summer camp for kids and more.

 pet policy
Quail Run Fitness Center
1279 Craig Avenue, Lakeport
(707) 263-6565
Indoor and outdoor pools.  Adult visitor, $10. Children 12 years and under, $5.
Rancho Del Ur
16050 Hwy 29, Middletown
(707) 987-3157
Horseback riding lessons.
Tatonka Land Miniature Golf
14240 Lakeshore Drive, Clearlake 
(707) 994 -1661, (707) 972-8502
Facebook: Tatonka Land Mini Golf
18 hole miniature golf, parties, family reunions, birthdays and zippy pet rides.  $5 per person
Taylor Observatory
5725 Oak Hill Ln., Kelseyville, CA  95451
(707) 262-4121
With a 16-inch computer-controlled telescope under a dome, a classroom, and a planetarium, Taylor Observatory offers informative and educational activities that promote an interest in and learning of astronomy.
Westshore Pool
250 Lange Street, Lakeport
(707) 263-3077, (707) 263-0751
Swimming pool, swim lessons, picnic area and restrooms. Fully staffed, lifeguard on duty.  Public swim, Monday through Saturday, 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.  Kids ages 2 to 17, $3. Age 18 or over, $4. Seniors, $2. Family pass, $15.

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