LAKE COUNTY CALIFORNIA
Lake County, one of the fastest growing counties in California, is conveniently located about two hours from either the San Francisco Bay area or the Sacramento metropolitan area. It lies within the Pacific Coast mountain range, 100 road miles north of San Francisco and 35 road miles east of the Pacific Ocean.
The county’s most prominent geographical feature is Clear Lake, the
largest natural freshwater lake in California.
Geologic evidence suggests it may be the oldest lake in North America.
Archeologically, The Clear Lake Basin contains one of the highest
densities of prehistoric sites in the state.
Culturally, Lake County is the home of a large indigenous Native American
population, which has worked diligently to maintain its traditional character
Offsetting the Clear Lake Basin and its rich agriculture soils are the
county’s rugged mountains. Pin-covered
Cobb Mountain, 4,722 feet, in the southern end of the county is the highest peak
in the Mayacamas Range. Set apart
by the lake and the rich Big Valley basin to its west, Mt. Konocti, 4,300 feet,
dominates Clear Lake. Snow
Mountain, 7,056 feet, in the vast Mendocino National Forest at the northern end
of the county, is the highest peak.
Naturally endowed with mountains, valleys, lakes, and waterways, Lake
County’s diverse beauty has attracted residents and visitors for over a
century. The area boasts a clean,
smog-free environment, year-round moderate temperatures and rainfall, low
earthquake activity, and a low crime rate.
The economy of the area has been historically based on agriculture and
recreation, with substantial expansion in recent years of the services and
retail industry sectors. Natural
resource-based industries include gold mining and the world’s largest known
Lake County has three units of government: the County and two
incorporated cities, Clearlake and Lakeport.
All three operate under the General Law provisions of the State of
California. The County is governed
by a five-member Board of Supervisors, elected by district.
The County of Lake provides a wide range of services to its residents,
including transportation, law enforcement, and recreation, health, social
services, and air quality control.
While Lake County is considered a rural area of small communities, it
offers many of the amenities of city living, such as excellent schools,
hospitals, fire and police protection, cultural activities and shopping centers.
COUNTY POPULATION 55,000
AREA 857,330 acres – 1,328 square miles
LANDS IN COUNTY
407,434 acres (48%)
Noted for warm days, cool nights and low humidity.
AVERAGE ANNUAL RAINFALL
Clear Lake Basin
43,785 surface acres
Average Depth 28 feet
Average Water Temperature
December 48 degrees
1357 125 acres
Springs Res. 1463
1476 3,800 acres
1818 2,003 acres
seat) 2 square miles
CLEARLAKE OAKS FINLEY
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