The county seat of Lake County is Lakeport. Most of the county is agricultural. It is part of California’s wine country with over 35 wineries. Lake County’s Clear Lake is the largest natural lake entirely within the state of California, and there are mineral springs as well. The cleanest air in the state is purportedly found here.County population is about 65,000. The median household income is $36,132, and the median home value is $245,500.
Lake County is found in north central California directly north of the San Francisco Bay area. It is slightly inland from the Pacific Ocean. It is bordered by Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Glenn, Colusa, and Yolo counties. Lake County California covers an area of 1,327 square miles. The highest peak in Lake County is Snow Mountain at 7,056 feet in the wilderness area of the Mendocino National Forest.
Clear Lake is said to have been formed more than 2 million years ago. Mt. Konocti formed gradually through a number of volcanic episodes. Pomo Indians settled the area over 10,000 years before Spanish soldiers arrived in 1821. By the mid 1800s, the area was being settled by pioneers and Europeans. After being part of Mendocino, Colusa, and Napa counties, Lake County was formed on May 20, 1861. The county’s name derives from the many lakes in the area, most prominently Clear Lake.