So you want to get out and stretch your legs. Plus, you haven't gone shopping in weeks and you're getting kinda hungry, and had fresh trout for dinner the past three days (as if that's a bad thing). You have several choices, depending on which way you go. Here is a map. Use your browser's BACK button to return to this page.
Within Lake County:South and East:
Across the street: Blue Lake
8 miles SE: Upper Lake
20 miles: Lakeport
More about Lake County
Outside Lake County:North and West (Mendocino County):
20 miles: Redwood Valley / Calpella Wine Country
25 miles: Ukiah
1 hour, give or take: Sonoma County , Korbel, etc.
1 hour, give or take: Napa County
The cluster of homes at the south end of our lake is often referred to as the Blue Lakes community. There's a restaurant and a locally owned convenience store across the road from Lakeview Haven RV Park. A few more yards down shore is a boat rental. It's an old-fashioned neighborhood where people are usually pretty quiet and keep an eye out for each other.
Upper Lake is the next larger community, about 10 minutes east of Blue Lake, where you can find supplies, fuel, and a variety of places to get a tasty meal at great prices!
Among our favorites is a pizza shop that has the best
pizza in Lake County served up in front of big screen satellite TVs. You'll also find a couple of coffee shops.
Check out Upper Lake's Web site for a map of downtown Upper Lake, and a calendar of events. Upper Lake's population now exceeds a whopping 2,000.
Upper Lake has a long history as the gateway to the Mendocino National Forest and the Snow Mountain wilderness area, where camping, hunting, and back-packing are among the popular activities. Fishing for trout and steelhead, boating, and swimming are enjoyed on Lake Pillsbury, beautiful mountain lake in the heart of the National Forest.
The town of Upper Lake was named for its location at the northern point of Clear Lake. The community hosts an annual Wild West Days in June and a Harvest Festival in September. Around Easter, an outdoor play recreates the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
Residences and businesses in the Upper Lake community have preserved the area's historical flavor of wooden facades and western Early American decor.You can learn more at the Community pages on the Lakeport Chamber of Commerce.
LakeportLakeport, the county seat for Lake County, sits on the southwest shore of Clear Lake. Not far is Konocti Vista Casino, with outdoor concerts hosting world-famous entertainers.
Click for the The Lakeport Chamber of Commerce, boasting "Awesome summer weather, clean air, California's largest natural, fresh water lake, wide open spaces, world class water-skiing..."
Wine Tours, Catfish Derby, Farmer's Market... The Official Tourism Site for Lake County has a Calendar of Events for lot's of fun things to do and see, and other great resources. Lake County's official home page is here.
Other towns around Lake County include Clear Lake, Kelseyville, Lower Lake, Lucerne, Nice, Lake Pillsbury, Middletown, Clearlake, Cobb, Clearlake Oaks, and Glenhaven CA.
Ukiah is only about 20 minutes to the west. See for yourself why it was named America's Best Small Town! "Located in the heart of Mendocino County and the Redwood Empire, Ukiah's small town atmosphere belies our dynamic and progressive character." The shopping centers are never too crowded, even during the Christmas shopping frenzies! There are movie theaters, restaurants and major department stores.
Just outside Ukiah, on Highway 101 just one mile north of Highway 20, is a well known steak house, called "The Steak House". Beware of the all-you-can-eat salads tossed at your table, 'cause the juicy, tender steaks are humongous!
The Official Site of the City of Ukiah has a lot of information, including visitor's info, links to other city and county agencies and resources.The Ukiah Chamber of Commerce also has a Visitor's page with attractions, parks and recreation, wineries and breweries, a calendar of events, and more.
Home of the century old Thatcher Inn, Hopland is a thriving community at the southern entrance to Mendocino County and the picturesque Sanel Valley. Flowing through and on its way to the Pacific, and flanked by mountains to the East and West, is the pristine Russian River.
Check out The Mendocino County Web site for an Events Calendar, highlighted local business, wineries, and everything else you want to know for a couple of day-trips to Hopland. Be sure to check out the 100 acre B Bryan animal preserve!