11 Inland Beaches In Northern California That Look And Feel Like The Ocean
There’s nothing like a hot Northern California summer afternoon at the lake or river! Who needs the oceanfront when we have hundreds of beaches with even softer sand, more sunshine, and incredible views located inland? Read on to discover why these amazing
beaches in Northern California off the coast are so great.
1. Trinity River, Trinity and Humboldt Counties
Trinity River, California, USA
Forget the sound of waves crashing on the beach, I'd rather have the rush of nearby rapids filling my ears as I sit and take in the beauty of the
Wear a life jacket if you jump in! Otherwise, bring your beach chairs and just relax.
2. Donner Lake, Nevada County
Donner Lake, Truckee, CA 96161, USA
While the north and south shores are rockier, the east and west ends of
both boast magnificent beaches where you will want to spend all day lounging and playing in the sun.
3. Lake Oroville, Butte County
Lake Oroville, California, USA
This large reservoir is fed by the sparkling waters of the
In addition to the fishing, boating, and camping this area is known for, the reservoir also gets plenty of sun, which means it's perfect for swimming and hanging out on the beach.
4. North Fork, Yuba River, Downieville
Yuba River, California, USA
Next on our list of
Northern California lake beaches
is the North Fork of the Yuba River. Sure, that may be a tiny little beach in the photo, but there are tons of them located around Downieville. This beautiful crystal clear water and sandy shoreline are both awesome.
5. Trinity Lake, Trinity County
Trinity Lake, California, USA
Less frequently visited than nearby
Trinity boasts deep blue waters and lots of beach space. It's also popular for fishing, house boating, speed boating, and waterskiing.
6. The Eel River, Humboldt County
Friends of the Eel River, 2030 1st St Unit #10, Eureka, CA 95501, USA
Pictured here is the Confluence of Main & Middle Forks of the
. It's a great place to lounge on the beach, but truth be told there are tons of places up and down the riverbank that offer sandy shores. Be careful of swift currents!
7. Lake McCloud, Shasta County
Lake McCloud, California, USA
What you sacrifice in the amount of beach here you make up for in remoteness and that feeling that you are the only one around for miles. This reservoir is great for fishing and is located near the popular
8. Lake Helen, Lassen Volcanic National Park
Lake Helen, California, USA
Fed by snowmelt, icy
is only fun to jump into on the warmest of days. It's always a treat to sit on the beach besides its lovely blue waters, however.
9. Lake Tahoe, El Dorado and Placer Counties
Lake Tahoe, United States
Literally, any beach along this Northern California icon of a lake will have your toes in silky soft sand and loving every minute. There's a reason why
is one of the premiere destinations in this area. Pictured here is Baldwin Beach.
10. Clear Lake, Lake County
Clear Lake, California, USA
is quite possibly the oldest lake in the country. It's a popular place for boating, but the beaches are definitely underrated. It's the kind of destination that screams beach towel, a cold drink, and hours in the sun.
11. Eagle Lake, Lassen County
Eagle Lake, California 96130, USA
If you were to do a search for
“lake beaches near me,”
Eagle Lake would definitely appear near the top of the list. Located about 15 miles north of Susanville, this is actually the second largest lake entirely within the state of California. It's great for fishing, wildlife viewing, and of course, hanging out on the beach.
Have you ever been to any of these beaches in Northern California? If so, which beach on this list is your favorite? Did we miss any that you feel should have made the article? Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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Where can we find beach campgrounds in Northern California?
Caspar Beach RV Park and Campground in Mendocino offers RV and tent campsites, as well as cabins.
Clam Beach State Campground in McKinleyville is popular for its great beachcombing, wildlife viewing, clamming, scenic views, and horseback riding.
Wright's Beach Campground in Bodega Bay offers a backdrop of immense boulders and it is also dog friendly.
Read on to learn about some of the many other beautiful
beach campgrounds in Northern California.
Where can we find lakes in Northern California?
Sardine Lake in Sierra City is a great spot for hiking, mountain biking, and fishing.
Bullard's Bar Reservoir in Yuba County offers 55 miles of shoreline and almost two dozen miles of great hiking trails.
Lake Britton in Shasta County is the place for great bass and trout fishing.
Read on to learn about some of the many other beautiful
lakes in Northern California.
Where can we find beach resorts in Northern California?
The Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach offers amenities including golf, a boardwalk, several restaurants, a spa, and a wine cellar.
The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay in Half Moon Bay is known for its great restaurants, fitness center and spa, golf, and tennis courts.
The Landing Resort & Spa in South Lake Tahoe features a pool and hot tub, lots of on-site dining options, and more.
Read on to learn about some of the many other stunning
beach resorts in Northern California
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