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Address: 501 El Dorado St, Auburn State Recreation Area, Auburn, CA 95603-4949
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+1 530-885-4527

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Jetlag begone swim in the lake

Great lake for Stand up paddle boarding Kayaking and swimming Boats are all aware of the people on boards and in Kayaks A fun day out !

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 October 2016
Wendie F
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Great lake for Stand up paddle boarding Kayaking and swimming Boats are all aware of the people on boards and in Kayaks A fun day out !

Thank Wendie F
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Lake Clementine Trail is a beautiful hike. Trailhead starts just off the 49 and old foresthill road. Plenty of parking along the road but you must pay a $10 fee. If you arrive before the ranger make sure to pay the slip because they check. Trail is fairly easy with a few hills. You hike under the Foresthill Bridge and... More 

Thank Michael M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

We've been canoeing at Lake Clementine with friends and family over the last 10 years. I'm conflicted about posting this review because it's such a nice an undiscovered place, except for weekends. We usually go there during the week to avoid the weekend crowds. Our favorite time of the year is fall, winter is also especially quiet and peaceful. Pack... More 

1 Thank Ernest r
Auburn, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

What a gorgeous little jewel nestled in the foothills! The road to the lower part of the lake is paved, windy, narrow--car and a half width as you get closer to the lake--and completely on a downhill slope. In leaving we met folks in a pickup truck that was towing a rather large boat--car and a half wide--with two vehicles... More 

2 Thank Linda M
Sacramento, California, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

Lake Clementine is a hidden lake best reached via short hike from the parking area. Bring snacks or a lunch, dogs and kids as well. The uphill hike is along a mostly paved road. If you've the time, another short walk down a path near the dam leads to great views of the water coursing over the spillway. Keep a... More 

1 Thank John H
Auburn, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

This is a bit hidden. It's where the locals boat and swim with care as there is a damn there. Not much parking but it great for hiking and sitting on the ledge overlooking the damn. It is very serene in summer and a bit dicey in the spring as the Sierra's melt. You will love it. Watch out for... More 

Thank Rene R
Auburn, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

Almost think I shouldn't be sharing. We have enjoyed Lake Clementine for years and can't say enough how much we love it. We normally boat in and camp on the sand beach. For a day visit you can head to upper lake and swim at the river, dogs love it!

1 Thank escape787
Cool, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2016

Fantastic day with family! Bring your own food, snacks, drinks and enjoy a beautiful day in the sunshine. I recommend late spring, early summer... or all summer for that matter. Being in the foothills, it's a nice spot always a few degrees cooler than down in the valley which makes it nice for later summer as well when trying to... More 

Thank Nannielle
Cool, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016

Great place for kayaking, especially sit-on-top kayaks. Short distance off the freeway; however be careful on the park road down. With reservations through the state park I believe you can camp overnight. Great for seeing wildlife. Various waterfowl visit the lake on their migratory treks. It is also used by motorboats; although there has only been a few at any... More 

Thank IrishTomKat
Auburn, California
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40 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2015

Have not been to Lake Clementine in over 30 years. What a change. Roads improved dramatically and much more parking for vehicles and trailers. Still a bit of a long road down to the boat launch, but the road is paved. Welcomed by very nice State Parks employees.

Thank raylin15600

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