Paradise Lost: Lake County, California

Lake County is aptly named, as the largest clearwater lake in California sits in its center. The water is blue, with mountain like volcanic structures rising in the distance. The lake is beautiful, but plagued with an overgrowth of green algae that will begin to kill the fish as the summer temperatures rise. When this happens, the dead fish rise to the top and the air is filled with their stench. Some years are worse than others. Surprisingly, you won't see a lot of watercraft, and even fewer water skiers. Very few go in the water anymore and several locals shared with me that if they eat any of the fish caught in the lake, they limit themselves to one a month because of high mercury le

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