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Featherbed Railroad Bed & Breakfast Resort Questions & Answers

San Francisco, CA

Is swimming in Clear Lake permitted?

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Greetings. I'm not sure why anyone would say it's not permitted - you absolutely can swim in Clear Lake. This is why it's possible to enjoy water skiing, jet skiing and all sorts of other related fun.

Since Clear Lake is a large, shallow body of water it tends toward the warmer side. During certain portions of the year there is algae and weed growth near the shore but it's not harmful, just not ideal. There are some places where algae growth can be more significant than others such as at the mouths of sloughs and such where the water is still.

There is also Blue Lakes in Lake County that is much deeper and, therefor, cooler. Blue Lakes has rope swings right along the highway and the water is always clear by nature of its lower temperature. It also sports trout fishing whereas Clear Lake is considered the third-best bass fishing lake in the US.

If swimming is on your agenda call us in advance and we can give you specific lake conditions and ideal locations for swimming. We now have a sprinkler system on our pier to break-up any algae that may bloom at certain times of year so our lagoon should be more ideal for a larger portion of the summer.

over a year ago
Gold coast
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Yep, what Keith said, some areas are okay but not nice near most edges so better off in a boat

over a year ago
Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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No it's not I'm afraid. We were disappointed but had expected it as many lakes in Europe has been affected by the same algae - hydrilla. I believe some people swim right out in the middle off boats but near the shore there is far too much algae and I believe it's pretty harmful. The featherbed is is a lovely place but it is a bit of an island of niceness in an area devastated by the lake becoming unswimmable and therefore only able to be enjoyed by people with the money for boats etc and even then they have to wash them down when they leave the water!

Hope this helps

over a year ago
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