Questions about Clear Lake

Questions about Clear Lake

There are 26 comments on the Lake County Record-Bee story from Aug 14, 2010, titled Questions about Clear Lake. In it, Lake County Record-Bee reports that:

We have learned that Clear Lake is the largest natural lake in California and also one of the oldest.

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Motor Mouth

Clearlake, CA

#1 Aug 14, 2010
Every lake has a bottom, including this one. It is my understanding that Clear Lake averages about 20 ft in the vast majority of its area but has a maximum depth of 65 ft on the south east end. There is one spot west of the Buckingham peninsula which has a hole with bubbles coming out of it which is quite deep and that could be the source of the rumor of which you speak.

As I grew up the rumor of no bottom applied to Blue Lake. This, of course, is only a rumor, but made for good conversation over a can of beer.
Motor Mouth

Clearlake, CA

#2 Aug 14, 2010
Okay, the asterisks above have appeared because I used the word hole with the first letter of the alphabet preceding it.
Lawrence

United States

#5 Aug 14, 2010
The lake does have a bottom, the rumors of no bottom come from the many springs and caves that are around the lake. People have drowned in the lake and thier bodys have decended into the caves too far for recovery divers to safely retrieve and so they are left there and some people consider that as "bottomless"
And to Smelly... Smelly doesn't mean unhealthy, I need to hit the shower right now but that doesn't mean I'm not healthy. Skunks are healthy but smelly. Just because you don't like the smell doesn't mean it's not healthy.
Lawrence

United States

#6 Aug 14, 2010
Read "Ample charms of a well fed lake" availble online for free if you would like to know more about the lake
Avid Reader

United States

#8 Aug 14, 2010
I've water skied and swan in this lake every year for 8 years. Never got a rash, ear infection, whatever, nor the many people I've taken out. Not even when millions of shad died one summer and were floating everywhere. We just laughed and called it Fish-head soup.
Sorry folks this lake is alive and very healthy! It is the dying algae, of a perticular strain, that makes the smell.
But hey, stay out, more lake for me and my to enjoy!
bob

Waterloo, IA

#9 Aug 14, 2010
Like everyone said the lake is very alive and healthy, it has sort of a ocean smell to it, Its old ancient volcanic origin so its been around a while and with all that solar energy is full of life. Lots of fish and everything,
Donna Christopher

Kelseyville, CA

#10 Aug 14, 2010
Seriously RB t h e h o l e at the top of Konocti really isn't profane. Unneccessary censorhip - now THAT'S profane! Sticks and stones - and all that.
Paaaaleeeez

Lakeport, CA

#11 Aug 14, 2010
Lawrence wrote:
The lake does have a bottom, the rumors of no bottom come from the many springs and caves that are around the lake. People have drowned in the lake and thier bodys have decended into the caves too far for recovery divers to safely retrieve and so they are left there and some people consider that as "bottomless"
And to Smelly... Smelly doesn't mean unhealthy, I need to hit the shower right now but that doesn't mean I'm not healthy. Skunks are healthy but smelly. Just because you don't like the smell doesn't mean it's not healthy.
Plaaaleeez, don't care if you think it's healthy, my family no longer swims or boats in "Clear"lake! It's as smelly and disgusting as a skunk, doesn't mean I want anything to do with it anymore than I do a skunk! I'll leave "Green"lake to the bass fisherman from out of state that have ruined "Clear"lake! It's a shame that the officials of this county have allowed this to happen! When I was a teen the lake was beautiful all summer except maybe in the canals, now the whole lake is like smelly green pea soup. And the hydraila is impossible to boat through. It has spread across the entire lake. We live here and we have to travel up north to clean fresh water lakes to do our boating. I can't believe the lack of concern for our lake. Paaaaleeeez, just buck up and swim in a skunky smelly lake? You are LC gem(diamond)!
fred

United States

#12 Aug 14, 2010
s is the answer to this part of the question I have also heard a rumor that we cannot find the bottom of the lake. Is that true? How far down does it go that we know of?
that why we do not want tourist swimming in the lake they might never come back up or the bass boats might go through the hole at the bottom of the lake and come out in China or someplace else.
fred

United States

#13 Aug 14, 2010
Avid Reader wrote:
I've water skied and swan in this lake every year for 8 years. Never got a rash, ear infection, whatever, nor the many people I've taken out. Not even when millions of shad died one summer and were floating everywhere. We just laughed and called it Fish-head soup.
Sorry folks this lake is alive and very healthy! It is the dying algae, of a perticular strain, that makes the smell.
But hey, stay out, more lake for me and my to enjoy!
Greeding person you are why don't you stay out of the Lake and then it will have a fresher smell.
fred

United States

#14 Aug 14, 2010
Motor Mouth wrote:
Every lake has a bottom, including this one. It is my understanding that Clear Lake averages about 20 ft in the vast majority of its area but has a maximum depth of 65 ft on the south east end. There is one spot west of the Buckingham peninsula which has **** with bubbles coming out of it which is quite deep and that could be the source of the rumor of which you speak.
As I grew up the rumor of no bottom applied to Blue Lake. This, of course, is only a rumor, but made for good conversation over a can of beer.
Guess you had to many cans of Beer please do not drive for the rest of the day.
CLO Resident

Clearlake, CA

#15 Aug 14, 2010
LOL... More famous? Sure it is, by the BAD press it gets.
goforit

Kelseyville, CA

#16 Aug 14, 2010
Avid Reader wrote:
I've water skied and swan in this lake every year for 8 years. Never got a rash, ear infection, whatever, nor the many people I've taken out. Not even when millions of shad died one summer and were floating everywhere. We just laughed and called it Fish-head soup.
Sorry folks this lake is alive and very healthy! It is the dying algae, of a perticular strain, that makes the smell.
But hey, stay out, more lake for me and my to enjoy!
No problemo. Mendocino Lake full of boats, blue Lakes full of folks. Clear Lake? Not so much. Nobody in their right mind can blame the tourists for going elsewhere.
Elizabeth Arndt

Oakland, CA

#17 Aug 15, 2010
When I first moved here there were articles in Clearlake Observe about animals dying of botulism in the lake. So at times it isn't all THAT healthy. Ducks died,among other things. That was in 1982. There are places around the lake without the algae. Ask around to see if you can get maps of where the algae is the worst.
lake expert

Los Angeles, CA

#18 Aug 16, 2010
clearlake is believed to be the oldest lake in the western hemishpere, not just california. the average depth is between 20-30 feet but is classified as a ahallow lake. the continuous sediment over the years has been able to compile on the lake bottom and the pressure cause it to compact, which is the oddity that has allowed the lake to survive for millions of years. other lakes would have filled and dried up. there are no such things as a bootomless lake. blue lakes may seem deep cause of its steep decline but the deeepest part( along the freeway side) is on average 85 feet of depth. maybe the rumors of a bottomless body of water probably comes from an old pomo story about there being a lake contained within mt konocti. the legend says that a pomo tribal member found a shaft into the mountain's lake, when there they tossed a log into the cavionus lake and it was recovered days later floating in clearlake. people like to guesstimate that the major lakes in lake county are conected to each other by underground volcanic caverns but there is no evidence of this. hope this helps your question. and believe it or not clearlake is cleaner thasn it used to be ;)
Lowell Grant

Richmond, CA

#19 Aug 16, 2010
Many times explorers thought it was funny to name things backwards, like Iceland, which is mostly hot springs filled with beautiful blondes, or Greenland, which is a huge ice sheet that had a tiny little fringe of green for a while right near it's Southern tip, or "Military Intelligence" which is just a test for our senses of humor.

This lake has ALWAYS been warm, shallow, fertile and thick with life, some years more than others, but if you want a pristine, clear blue lake you need to move to Tahoe while it still is. Never going to happen here.
Brad King - kville

Kelseyville, CA

#20 Aug 16, 2010
Elizabeth Arndt wrote:
When I first moved here there were articles in Clearlake Observe about animals dying of botulism in the lake. So at times it isn't all THAT healthy. Ducks died,among other things. That was in 1982. There are places around the lake without the algae. Ask around to see if you can get maps of where the algae is the worst.
Wasn't botulism the e.coli of the 80s? It was in our home canned foods and lunch counter sandwiches. Maybe it's time for the trend to be revived again. Gotta have something new to fear each week.

The algae is so visible, it's been blamed for fish kills (possible) bird kills (much less likely - last time was Avian Cholera),etc. One poster here tried to make the connection between his Staph infection and the lake (UV kills Staph). Simply put, the places that MIGHT be of concern, I doubt if you'd want to swim there anyway.
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Ask or use a map, but it's the same where the algae ends up. It's starts everywhere and ends on West facing shores driven there by our afternoon breezes.
Robert Self

Japan

#21 Aug 16, 2010
It is unfortunate that the lake did not keep its original name of Lake Lupiyoma. It has never been a "clear lake". For the Native Americans, a biologically active lake such as Clear Lake was a far better provider than a clear but mostly sterile alpine lake such as Tahoe. Lupiyoma was a mythological Indian maiden whose tears fed the lake through the springs of Soda Bay.

I arrived there with my family in the 60's, and yes the algae was not quite as bad in the summer, but the lake produced prodigious numbers of gnats, which were controlled by the introduction of non-native species, such as silversides. There are rumors that in the 30's and 40's there were so many gnats that some mornings there could be a foot of dead gnats under street lights.

The lake has never quite been what the white settlers or new immigrants to the county want it to be. They have fiddled, toiled, and changed Lupiyoma, but like the sediments of the lake which are endlessly old and just keep sinking, the lake doesn't seem to care about the efforts.

Clear Lake is unique and needs to be appreciated on its own terms. The world is filled with beautiful alpine lakes, but there is nothing quite like Lupiyoma (Clear Lake).
beautifulgreenla ke

Lakeport, CA

#22 Aug 16, 2010
Robert Self wrote:
It is unfortunate that the lake did not keep its original name of Lake Lupiyoma. It has never been a "clear lake". For the Native Americans, a biologically active lake such as Clear Lake was a far better provider than a clear but mostly sterile alpine lake such as Tahoe. Lupiyoma was a mythological Indian maiden whose tears fed the lake through the springs of Soda Bay.
I arrived there with my family in the 60's, and yes the algae was not quite as bad in the summer, but the lake produced prodigious numbers of gnats, which were controlled by the introduction of non-native species, such as silversides. There are rumors that in the 30's and 40's there were so many gnats that some mornings there could be a foot of dead gnats under street lights.
The lake has never quite been what the white settlers or new immigrants to the county want it to be. They have fiddled, toiled, and changed Lupiyoma, but like the sediments of the lake which are endlessly old and just keep sinking, the lake doesn't seem to care about the efforts.
Clear Lake is unique and needs to be appreciated on its own terms. The world is filled with beautiful alpine lakes, but there is nothing quite like Lupiyoma (Clear Lake).
I have been coming to "Clear"lake all my life and eventually moved to the area when I got married. The lake use to be MUCH clearer. It is not a figment of "white settlers" imagination that it use to be clearer. It is a fact that since the bass fisherman have invaded your LUPIYOMA the lake has gotten progressively worst. Why would you no be concerned with that? I do agree with you on the lake taking back it's original name. That is a great idea, especially seeing the name "Clear"lake no longer fits the lake!

Iki
bob

Waterloo, IA

#23 Aug 16, 2010
Clear Lake is just part of the Ring Of Fire around the Pacific Ocean. The whole area came up out of the ocean a long time ago. There is only a 100 mile or so peninsula. That runs along the central valley of Ca to the coast. It was the right shape to hold water on all that bed rock. They need to get out the tractors and starting tearing old stuff down around the lake and rebuilding it, and get special boats that harvest the algae without chemicals hurting the fish. It smells like the ocean which considering its almost like Hawaii in terrain isnt surprising.

Why doesnt this newspaper have real stories arent they supposed to be telling us everything there is to know every its some person asking about it. I'd rather have a article written by a scientist rather than someone from clearlake high on some shit. But nice area. Clear out the scrub brush and plant some palms and redwoods and sequias and water them and have your own paradise in this volcanic wasteland and stop complaining about it.

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