A fascinating trip exploring the Clear Lake shoreline, around the infamous Soda Bay hot springs, looping back along Dorn Bay, and a... more » calm paddle down Kelsey Creek. Beautiful views of Mount Konocti and the surrounding ridgelines.
- Geothermal hot springs
- Wetlands, tule reeds
- Views of Mt Konocti
- Lakeshore paddling
- Migratory waterfowl route
- Grebe nesting area
- Picnic spots
Park and launch from the boat launch at Clear Lake State Park park (5300 Soda Bay Rd.in Kelseyville, nominal day-use fee required).
Head towards the lake and turn east towards Mt Konocti, exploring Soda Bay for a couple of miles. Paddle back past the State Park, and head down Kelsey Creek for some serene paddling and birdwatching.
For an additional 3-mile round-trip paddle, head west hugging the shoreline up to Quercus Point. The marshy tule reeds provide nesting areas for Clark’s and Western Grebes, while treetops are great perches for numerous cormorants.
Otherwise, paddle back to Cole Creek and the park boat ramp. Be sure to stop in to the Visitor’s Center and see the varied displays of birds, mammals, and Native American cultural exhibits.
This is the fifth in a series of water trails created by the Konocti Regional Trails System in Lake County, California. less «