Lower Lake was founded by E. Mitchell in 1858 as Grantville. He built the first house there. The settlement's first post office was opened in 1858.
Lower Lake is located 4.5 miles southwest of the City of Clearlake, and 13 miles southeast of Kelseyville. It is at an elevation of 1371 feet. Lower Lake was at one point the county seat, the Lake County elections of 1867 were hotly contested with the seat moving between what is now the city of Lakeport and the town of Lower Lake, in 1870 the feud was settled and Lakeport controlled the seat. Although some believe the seat was stolen from Lower Lake, it has remained in Lakeport for over a century and no longer a topic of concern for locals. At the 2000 census, according to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP had a total area of 7.9 square miles, of which 7.9 square miles was land and 0.1 square miles was water.
Just a couple of hours drive from the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento Area, and the Pacific Coast is Lake County, home to Clear Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake in California, and one of the oldest lakes on the continent. The lake hosts several fishing competitions every year. But even if you’re just looking for recreational sailing, boating, jet-skiing, or relaxing on the lake, the warm, calm waters of Lake County are perfect for it all.
Lake County is also one of California’s hottest new wine destinations. If it’s tasting you’re into, or maybe even a piece of land to grow your own grapes, Lake County has a lot to offer. With micro-climates like that of neighboring wine country areas combined with the variety of soils, grow any number of popular varietals or try your hand at your own blend.
Lakeport was first settled by Native Americans several thousand years ago. At the coming of the settlers, the Kabe-napos, a subtribe of the Pomo people, lived here within their main village. The village name was Kaci-Badon, after the water lily plant Kaci and Badon which was the native name for island.Lakeport Details »
Hidden Valley Lake
Hidden Valley Lake, CA, (HVL) was originated and developed by the USA Land Corp. from the late 1960s until 1972. During that time, a dam was constructed across Coyote Creek creating the 102 acre "Hidden Valley Lake." Also during that time several buildings were constructed - clubhouse, cart barn, tennis courts and campground - and the 18-Hole "Billy Bell" golf course was installed. Its original design was as a vacation/recreation retreat. From 1970-72, the Equestrian Center and Country Club (later, Community Center) were built. 3310 lots were laid out for homes. Another 695 larger lots were also laid out in a nearby area called "The Ranchos." In 1972, USA Land Corp. was bought by Boise Cascade. BC offered model vacation homes, regular homes and vacation rentals. BC promoted the leisure-time and recreational activities available at HVL throughout the Western USA.Hidden Valley Lake Details »