Lake County residents,
visitors and people relocating to this area experience a healthy lifestyle
benefit that cannot be found in any other area of the state. Lake County
has the cleanest air in California and some of the best tasing water (there
are several bottled water companies in Lake County).
The climate is mild year-round with four seasons, although you may see snow
in higher elevations, with winter temperatures of 32 to 60 degrees and summer
temperatures of 57 to 95 degrees with a few days over 100 and average humidity
of 30 to 50%. Average rainfall varies between 25 inches in the Clear
Lake Basin with an elevation of 1,326 feet to 60 inches on Cobb Mountain
with an elevation of 4,722 feet. The highest peak in Lake County is
Snow Mountain at 7,056 feet in the wilderness area of the Mendicino National
The local economy is based on agriculture,
tourism, and the
gold mining industries. Lake County
is a premium wine-growing area and is famous
for it's pears and walnuts.
The population of Lake County is over 55,600 and it is a popular retirement
area with nearly 35% of the population over 60. It is also one of the
fastest growing areas in California with afordable housing and the county
population has a median age of 40.
Check the Map for information on getting
to Lake County.
Some Computer Art of Clear Lake
an interesting computer work of the "pointilist" school.
a nice computer art scene of mist on the marsh.
Clear Lake is the largest
natural lake in the state of California and it and
Blue Lakes, along with the area's other lakes,
are major destinations for tourism. The
Geysers is the largest geothermal field in the world and Gold mining
is active in the Lower Lake area at the
Homestake Mine. "Lake County diamonds"
are there for the picking up and volcanic Mount
Konocti and the Tule Elk are just some
of nature's wonders here in Lake County.
Recreational offerings in Lake County include
racing and skydiving. There is
also an Observatory and Planetarium and several
museums in Lakeport,
Lower Lake and
There are a great many outdoor
activities available year-round in Lake County. Some of these
include bicycling, birdwatching, camping,
golfing, hiking, hunting, horseback riding,
offroading, and rockhounding. All forms of
watersports including boating and
fishing are enjoyed on Lake County's many lakes.
Lake County wineries
have been winning awards at international competitions since the eraly 1900's
and have won more awards per acre of vineyard than any other area in the
world. We have a greater difference in temperature between the summer's
high and winter's low than any other area of California's North Coast which
along with our altitude, Clear Lake's stabilization of temperature and humidity,
and Lake County's light volcanic and enriched alluvial soils produce an ideal
climate for growing wine-grapes.