Lake County California at a Glance
Cleanest Air Quality in the Nation
Lake County is nationally recognized by the American Lung Association (State of the Air, 2014) as having the best air quality in the nation.
Location and Size
Lake County is in Northern California, north of the San Francisco Bay Area. It is slightly inland from the Pacific Ocean. It is bordered by Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Glenn, Colusa, and Yolo counties.
Lake County California covers an area of 1,327 square miles. The highest peak in Lake County is Snow Mountain at 7,056 feet in the wilderness area of the Mendocino National Forest.
From San Francisco: 110 miles, approximately two hours
From Sacramento: 110 miles, approximately two hours
From Pacific Coast: 70 miles, approximately an hour and a half
Clear Lake is said to have been formed more than 2 million years ago. Mt. Konocti formed gradually through a number of volcanic episodes. Pomo Indians settled the area over 10,000 years before Spanish soldiers arrived in 1821. By the mid 1800s, the area was being settled by pioneers and Europeans. After being part of Mendocino, Colusa, and Napa counties, Lake County was formed on May 20, 1861. The county’s name derives from the many lakes in the area, most prominently Clear Lake. For more info, visit out History and Heritage page.
Cities and Communities
Within Lake County are two incorporated cities, Clearlake, the largest city; and Lakeport, the county seat.
Other communities include:
Hidden Valley Lake
Loch Lomond (Within Middletown city limited, considered a Cobb Mountain community)
Clear Lake Rivieras (Three communities: Riveria West, Riveria Heights, and Riveria)
Nature’s wonders abound in Lake County. Clear Lake is the largest natural lake in the state of California. The Geysers is the largest geothermal field complex in the world. “Lake County diamonds” are there for the picking. Mt. Konocti, formed by volcanic eruptions, can be seen from anywhere on the lake. Lake County is home to Tule Elk, more than 150 bird species, the Clear Lake Hitch, a native fish found only in Clear Lake, and native trees – all of which make Lake County a natural wonderland.