“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Upper Lake in Lake County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Clear Lake Habitat

Clear Lake Habitat Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 5, 2012
1. Clear Lake Habitat Marker
Freshwater Marsh

A freshwater marsh once surrounded Bloody Island prior to land reclamation efforts that began in the late 19th century. Native plants within marshes around Clear Lake included tules (Scirpus acutus), rushes (Juncus sp.), sedges (Carex sp.), and cattails (Typha latifolia). Associated tree species consisted of cottonwood (Populus fremontii), willow (Salix sp.), and elderberry (Sambucus sp.). A dense expanse of tules and willows once stretched all the way from here to the city of Lakeport. The marshes flooded in the winter and spring but became dry in the summer months. This seasonal cycle and the ecosystem it supported were disrupted when land speculators and ranchers drained marshes to create agricultural fields.

Native Fish

The following fish species were native to Clear Lake:
Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)
Thicktail chub (Gila crassicauda)
Clear Lake splittail (Pogonichthys ciscoides)
Sacramento pikeminnow (Ptychocheilus grandis)
Sacramento sucker (Catostomus occidantalis)
Sacramento perch (Archoplites interruptus)
Sacramento blackfish

Clear Lake Habitat Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 5, 2012
2. Clear Lake Habitat Marker - wide view
The Habitat marker is on the right, with markers for the Pomo and Bloody Island to the left of it.
(Orthodon microlepidotus)
Clear Lake Hitch (Lavinia exilicauda chi)
Tule perch (Hysterocarpus traskii)
Prickly sculpin (Cottus asper)

Of these native species, only the blackfish, hitch, perch, and prickly sculpin are still common in Clear Lake. All other fish that are common in the lake today- including bass, carp, catfish, crappie and bluegill-are non-native, introduced species.

Birds of Clear Lake

Clear Lake contains a resident population of mallard ducks (Anas platyrhyn- chos), wood ducks (Aix sponsa), northern shoveler (Anas clypeata), green- winged teal (Anas crecca), American coot (Fulica americana), double-crested cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus), great blue heron (Ardea Herodias), osprey (Pandion haliaetus), Clark's grebe (Aechmophorus clarkii), and western grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis). Additionally, the lake is along the western margin of the Pacific flyway, which is a major north-south route for migratory birds in the western part of North America. Migratory bird species in Clear Lake include Canadian geese (Branta canadensis), American white pelican (Pelecanus eryth- rorhynchos), canvasback (Aythya valisineria), ruddy duck (Oxyura jamaicensis), northern pintail (Anas acuta), common merganser (Mergus merganser), hooded merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus), pied billed grebe (Podilymbus podiceps), and greater

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scaup (Aythya marila).
Location. 39° 8.936′ N, 122° 53.267′ W. Marker is in Upper Lake, California, in Lake County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 20 and Reclamation Road, on the left when traveling west on State Highway 20. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Upper Lake CA 95485, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Pomo (here, next to this marker); Bloody Island (Bo-no-po-ti) (within shouting distance of this marker); Bloody Island (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Old Gas Station (approx. 1.6 miles away); Drug and Prescription Store (approx. 1.6 miles away); Diamond Match Lumber Co. (approx. 1.6 miles away); The IOOF Hall (approx. 1.6 miles away); The West Side of Main Street (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Upper Lake.
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 23, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 23, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 39 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 23, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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