Yes the lake does get to a point where it will stink to the point it is vomit inducung but it is not every day during its' bloom and it does not happen horribly every year. Some years it is light. It is a natural occurence due to a shallow lake with tons of algae. It has been noted in history for over 20,000 years. (Do some reading). 2 to maybe 3months out of the year the on and off occurence of algae will happen but the rest of the year, Spring, Autumn and Winter, the lake is beautiful with proven levels of the cleanest air in california. I live in NYC for many years.. You wanna talk about crackheads, heroin addicts and alcoholics..? Those were the corporate big wigs I worked with in the big city.... Drugs are everywhere. Crime is everywhere. GLOBALLY.
Tell me where laid back good folks actually are... People who wave when you drive past each other on any given road. Where people waiting in line at the grocery store will strike up friendly conversation... In Clearlake. And I cant believe i said that. Avoid the grocery stores between the 1st of the month to the 15th,, It will be flooded with food stamp recipients. After that it's easy shopping..
If the old farts who run this town would give up the reigns and some pocket change, this city will flourish..
The LakeShore Corridor project was supposedly approved and all of Lakeshore will be rebuilt to accomodate sidewalks and a more appealing downtown...Efforts are being made to clean the lake up.
People make the world go round. It's so much easier to stand around and complain than it is to do something positive. right? Change your attitudes,..change the world. Clean up your opinions of Clearlake by helping to clean it up. You live where you want to..but dont be the fool if you stand around and complain yet do nothing about it. If you dont want to be by the lake then move up to Cobb or out to HIdden Valley.. Wait.. they have crime and drugs too.. Uh oh.. Decisions.. decisions..
PEACE LOVE AND PROGRESS.
The lake is experiencing a larger algae growth in the last few years, and we have more weeds these days too, because the lake is getting clearer,when the lake is clear, the weeds and algae get more sun and they grow and then when the algae lets go of the bottom it floats to the top and that's when the sun hits it and if the current doesn't move it along it can sit and rot in the sun and it develops and odor.
The county is being proactive lately and is trying to pass a bill to raise sales tax by .5% to generate a fund to help clean up the lakes problems. This is a shallow lake with an average depth 26 ft . so yes, it can get funky at the end of summer, but it is only for a short while and the rest of the year, you will not find a more beautiful place.
As in any area, there are pocket neighborhoods that are more effected by Lower income and drug activity. However !! Where in the world are there Counties that do not have any areas like this?
As a Top selling 10 Year veteran agent that lives and sells in the Local Lake County CA, I pride my services on Knowing the area I will Not show or Sell a Client a home in the known area of concern.
Regarding The lake, Clearlake is the Largest Natural lake in CA. However it is also one of the warmest and shallow ones. At the deepest point it is only around 50 Feet deep. The water will get effected by Allege in some areas of the shoreline. I know what areas to Buy Lake Front Homes and what areas to stir my clients from..typically the lower priced lake fronts are located in the Bad water quality areas.
Over all I love Lake County for our Great weather, outstanding beauty and great down to earth community..
the lake is a shallow lake, prehistoric, average depth is 26 ft, so in the summer when it gets really hot it can have algae blooms. When the blooms die they float to the top of the water and the sun bakes them and they can get kind stinky. However, in the spring winter and fall, the water is really nice.