Take a deep breath the next time you’re in Northern California’s Lake County. That’s some of the cleanest air in the nation, according to the American Lung Association. And you’ll find it just a couple hours north of San Francisco. You’ll also find more than 100 miles of shoreline ringing this watersport mecca—the largest natural freshwater lake wholly within California. Boat marinas abound, many offering rental watercraft of every sort, including manpowered kayaks, as well as fishing gear. This is the land of bass fishing, and it’s a great place to try your hand at nabbing one of the lake’s legendary big boys.
On land, explore a burgeoning wine region where Mediterranean microclimates and soil rich in volcanic ash produce impressive grape harvests. Bordering Napa and Sonoma counties, Lake County boasts nearly 40 wineries, which, coupled with the mild climate, add up to ample outdoor tasting opportunities. Cabernets and Sauvingnon Blancs are plentiful, but visitors can explore lesser known local varietals such as Mourverdre or Tempranillo as well. And many Lake County wineries are appealing to non-oenohiles as well; a few with more than wine to offer are Chacewater Winery (which has the added attraction of also being an olive mill where visitors can taste house olive oils), Cache Creek Vineyards, where turkeys and tule elk roam the grounds, and Laujor Estate Vineyard, where the tasting deck offers great views of the hollow volcano My. Konocti.
Nationally recognized by the American Lung Association (State of the AIR 2014) as having the best air quality in the nation, Lake County, at 1327 square miles, boasts a number of similar rankings. It has the largest lake in California and the oldest lake in North America.
Lake County also boasts rich wine and pear industries easily experienced just minutes from any of our five gates. Authors, artists and craftspeople enrich our community and are well represented in our valley and mountains. We also enjoy a wide variety of clubs and social activities open to all.
Community-wide events include Holiday and Themed Dinners, Easter Egg Hunts, Opening Day on the Lake, Fishing Derbies, Concerts on the Green, Swim-Tennis-Volleyball-Equestrian & Golf Camps, and Holiday Celebrations.
Explore more of beautiful Lake County’s History & Wine Industry:
Lake County Rising/Grape Growers — Lake County Winery Association— What You Can Do In Lake County— Doug McConnell’s Open Road — City Data