Lakes in California

Jump into the cool, refreshing lakes of California! California has many lakes worth visiting - over 3,000 fishing lakes alone!

One of the best? Bass Lake. Set in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, it has beautiful lakeside resorts nearby, as well as picnicking, boating, water skiing, swimming, fishing and more. It's well worth the short drive from Fresno. Another go-to California water spot? Clear Lake. At 43,000 acres, it's the largest freshwater lake in the state. Although set amid rolling, tree-covered hills approximately two hours outside the San Francisco Bay area, Clear Lake is not remote by any means, thanks to nearby resorts, museums, wineries and other entertainment opportunities. And if you're looking for a unique lake experience, there's California's Mono Lake, one of the oldest crater lakes in North America. Lake enthusiasts will find lots to love in California!

View lakes beginning with:

a  b  c  d  e  f  g  h  i  j  k  l  m  n  o  p  q  r  s  t  u  v  w  x  y  z 

Featured lakes in California

Castle Lake

Castle Lake is a glacial lake located in Siskiyou county. Fishing, camping and hiking are available on the lake. This lake and its surrounding area are known for a variety of animals and plants. It is also known for early summer display of flowers.

Donner Lake

Donner Lake is a popular destination about 11 miles northwest of a much larger Lake Tahoe. The state park on the east end of the lake provides campsites. This park also has various hiking trails. This lake is open to both power boats and sail boats.

Lake Gregory

Lake Gregory is located in San Bernardino County. This lake and its surrounding area make up the Lake Gregory Regional Park. This lake is a popular fishing destination. Row boats, paddle boards are available for rental at this destination.


Popular California lakes

Folsom Lake
Goose Lake
Honey Lake
Horse Lake
Lake Almanor
Lake Cachuma
Lake Casitas
Lake Crowley
Lake Davis
Lake Earl
Lake Havasu
Lake Mathews
Lake San Antonio
Lake Sonoma
Millerton Lake
Mono Lake
Pardee Reservoir
Salton Sea
Soda Lake
Turlock Lake


Latest Blog Post

Desert Beauty: Goose Lake Valley

Nothing beats the sublime beauty of a desert lake, its azure waters shimmering dreamily against the golden hues around it, green grasses waving invitingly in the breeze, beckoning to thirsty animals and weary travelers.

Continue Reading...

Latest Blog Comments

Such a beautiful place to make memories. My family and I love these sort of breaks but I have got fa...
I'll have to keep these events in mind for this Fall. I think it is great that people have thought t...
You have got me thinking now. I have always thought of life surviving winter in the open and wildern...

Latest Lake Reviews

Lake Ruth was named by Henry Atcheson, Forest Ranger, while exploring and mapping for the U.S. Forest Service in the 1920s and 30s. The lake was named for his daughter, Ruth Fields, Farmerville, La.
- Rating: by thelaexplorer for Lake Ruth

Dorothy Lake was named by Henry Atcheson, Forest Ranger, while exploring and mapping for the U.S. Forest Service in the 1920s and 30s. The lake was named for his daughter, Dorothy Thran.
- Rating: by thelaexplorer for Lake Dorothy

is it a good investment to buy a cabin at dietz lake?
- Rating: by Ted for Dietz Lake