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Island Hopping at the Narrows is a 7.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Clearlake, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for birding and whitewater kayaking and is accessible year-round.

Length 7.9 mi Elevation gain 0 ft Route type Loop

Paddle sports

Bird watching



No dogs

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A beautiful loop circling the Narrows, past small islands near the base of Mount Konocti. Panoramic views of Mount Konocti, Kono Tayee, Buckingham Point, and the north shore ridgeline. Highlights include: - Panoramic ridgeline vistas - Small islands - Views of Mount Konocti - Migratory waterfowl route - Tule wetlands - Historic cultural setting Please note: There are no public access points nearby. Unless you kayak from points further, you will need to use a Fee-Based launch: - Indian Beach Resort - 9945 E. Hwy 20, Clearlake Oaks. Launch, beach, lodging, day use. - 20 Oaks Cottages - 10503 E Hwy 20, Clearlake Oaks. Dock, beach, lodging, day use. - Glenhaven Campground - 9625 E. Hwy 20, Glenhaven. Launch, camping, food, supplies. - Braito's Marina - 1555 Eastlake Drive, Kelseyville on Buckingham Point. Launch only. Heading off from one of the launches listed above, paddle towards the narrowest portion of the lake. Here you will find a series of small islands dotting the center, with stunning views of Mt. Konocti and the Black Forest.

Konocti Regional Trails System WT4: Island Hopping at the Narrows downloadable PDF brochure

While the lake can be serenely mirrorlike, at any time, winds can be funneled into a "venturi effect" between Mount Konocti and Kono Tayee, causing huge gusts to whip up white caps. This often can be seen as large ripples on the distant water-at these moments, head back toward your launch spot or hug the shore. Unlike most areas around Clear Lake, this section lacks free public access points; however, several fee-based launches are available (see locations on the map).

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