This is the best campground to stay at if you’re itching to jump into the water-- the swimming beach is only a few steps away! You can admire views...
Kelsey Creek is a huge campground surrounded by Clear Lake and the Kelsey Slough, which you can walk along on the Kelsey Creek boardwalk trail....
perfect campground to break up your trip from SF northward to parks like mendocino, humboldt, or king range. sites are clustered with tables, fire rings, and nearby restrooms+showers. $38/night, reserve online but note this means it fills up on busy weekends
Roads are somewhat narrow and the drive is winding, be careful and don’t be in too much of a rush!
It’s super hot during the summer, make sure you get a shaded campsite (110 and 111 in Lower Bayview is the place to be).
This is your shirtless host Steve on Clear lake I lived in Clear Lake park on the other side of the lake and I can tell you will love this park. But be ready for the warm weather this summer it will get warm. I will be a camp host next summer and l am looking forward to it. So stop in and camp and have fun. Good Camping Good Fishing And Just Good Fun. The whole family will love it.
Your Shirtless host Steve Jones!!
The most prominent of the region’s many volcanic cones is 4,200-foot Mount Konocti, just southwest of the park. Konocti is classified as an active volcano, although it has been dormant for thousands of years. The Clear Lake region is geologically active - as seen by the many hot springs in the area. At the turn of the 20th century, hundreds of health-seekers traveled by rail and stage to the local mineral springs resorts, which promised to cure everything from rheumatism to obesity.
The Clear Lake area has a rich and interesting Native American and early settler’s history. Several thousand years ago, a landslide blocked natural drainage from a valley into the Russian River. The water rose until it found an outlet through Cache Creek into the Sacramento River to form Clear Lake, the largest natural lake entirely within California. The water comes from runoff and springs in Soda Bay.
The predominant culture surrounding the lake was Pomo. The west side of what is now Kelsey Creek was inhabited by the Xabenapo Pomo, now known as the Big Valley Pomo. Surrounded by Pomo neighbors, the Lile’ek Wappo were allowed the use of land east of Kelsey Creek in today’s park. The Southeastern Pomo lived east of the Lile’ek people. The Pomo were hunters and gatherers. They built tule boats to fish and used obsidian (cooled volcanic lava) from Mt. Konocti for tool-making and barter. Complex Pomo baskets, made from plant material and often adorned with feathers, were and still are among the finest baskets made.
Pioneers arrived in 1826 and began to settle in territory inhabited by the native people, which often resulted in violence. Tribal leaders eventually signed an 1851 treaty with the U.S. government that gave the natives 72 miles of lakefront land and a promise of peace. However, this and many subsequent government agreements for the Pomo to regain their land were canceled or dishonored. In 1983, 17 California tribes sued for and gained permanent federal recognition. The Big Valley Pomo began buying back their former tribal lands. Today the Big Valley Pomo enjoy a thriving government and are working toward self-sufficiency.
After the Pomo land was confiscated by the government, it was granted to Salvador Vallejo, who grazed his livestock in the area. For the next 90 years, successive owners used the land for grazing, dairy farming, hunting and fishing. In 1947 then-owners Fred and Nellie Dorn sent a letter of Lake County officials “granting the County of Lake 330 acres bordering the shores of Clear Lake and which in turn is to be transferred to the State of California for use as a public park.” The county deeded the land to the State in 1948, preserving the property for future generations.