Located on Highway 53, between Clearlake and Lower Lake, Anderson Marsh State Historic Park is a favorite of locals. Clearlake is the largest natural lake in the state of California. Supported by the AMIA or the Anderson Marsh Interpretive Association, the park almost closed in 2012. AMIA joined the State Parks in a Partnership Agreement that insured the park remain open to the public.
The park, most beautiful during autumn, has the beautiful shades of brown, yellow, green and cream. The park has 1065 acres which include 540 acres of aquatic tule marsh that has been classified as a Natural Preserve, the habitat of one of the largest Blue Heron Rookeries in the area. There are also archaeological sites that are at least 10,000 years old and a 19th century Ranch House and Barn complex.
Hiking and boating trails are also available for people to explore with oak woodland, riparian woodland, and grasslands. Clean, superb, and safe, the park has become a favorite not only of pet parents but families with children. There are guided walks available, however, but not so much shade during warm months, so you might want to avoid going there in the middle of the day in summer.
Sun protection is a necessity if you plan on exploring the entire expanse, as well as enough supply of water for you and your beloved four-legged best friend. Cash is a necessity for no-host parking, but if you want to park for free, you can go to the main road but refrain from leaving your valuables in the car.
Dog scooper bags are not available, so pet parents must bring some to use and pick up after their dogs. There is no dedicated area for dogs, so it is not uncommon for dogs of different sizes and breeds to cross paths. It is the responsibility of pet parents that their dogs do not get on fights so close supervision is a must.