The Young Scandinavians Club owns a slice of paradise on the shores of Clear Lake, California’s largest natural lake. Located 2 1/2 hours north of San Francisco, the Clear Lake cabin is open as a weekend destination for YSC members from May through September, featuring the perfect climate for this camping-style lakeside location.
Most weekend events throughout the summer are organized with meals provided from breakfast on Saturday through Sunday’s lunch. Most weekends feature a calm, relaxed atmosphere suitable for members of all ages. Families with children would especially enjoy the annual Kids Olympics weekend, while those young Scandinavians who like to party late into the night must try the annual Midsommar and Viking Sports weekends where attendance often exceeds 100 people. Skål!
You will nearly certainly arrive by car, as the public transportation possibilities are almost non-existent. Carpooling can be arranged (and is encouraged) through the reservation system. Drivers should bring a Northern California map.
Take HWY 101 North past Santa Rosa
Take the River Road/Guerneville Exit (exit 494)
Turn Right onto Mark West Springs Rd (becomes Porter Creek Rd) and go 10.5 miles until it ends
Turn Left at the stop sign onto Petrified Forrest Rd towards Calistoga and go 4.6 miles until it ends
Turn Left at the stop sign onto Foothill Blvd/HWY 128 and go for 0.8 miles
Turn Right onto Tubbs Lane and go for 1.3 miles until it ends
Turn Left onto Hwy 29 and go for 28 miles over Mt. Saint Helena through Middletown to the stoplight in Lower Lake
Turn Left onto Hwy 29 at Lower Lake (Shell Station on left) and go for 7.5 miles
Turn Right onto Soda Bay Road/Hwy 281 (Kits Corner Store on right) and go for 4.3 miles
Turn Right onto Bass Road (just after Montezuma Way and a church) and go for 0.3 miles
Turn Right at the third driveway with the YSC sign
If you come to Konocti Harbor Inn, you’ve just missed Bass Road
From the Bay Area, take Greyhound to Ukiah and change to Lake Transit. You will need to be dropped off of the 4A line at the intersection of Soda Bay Road & Bass Road, or arrange for someone to pick you up in Lakeport (if you actually try this, please let us know how it goes).
During busy weekends (over 60 people), park as close to the next car as possible, and choose a parking spot according to when you plan to leave. Otherwise you may find yourself blocked in on Sunday morning.
Most non-holiday weekend events includes two nights of accommodations, five meals, happy hour, and lots of sun. Please pay online by credit card. Cash and check payments are collected on site during the day on Saturday. Members are responsible for their guests’ payment. Checks from non-members are not accepted.
Reservations for weekend events are taken during the week preceding the event. Log in to register online. Membership must be current. Members may also call the Clearlake reservationist – see event details for more information.
The cabin is available to members midweek. Neither the boat nor any food are included, but privacy for you and your group is nearly certain. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange midweek stays.
|Midweek per day||$25||$25|
|Midweek per day (kids 6-17)||$15||$15|
|A LA Carte Weekend **||$45||$50|
|A LA Carte Weekend (kids 6-17)**||$25||$25|
|Children 0-5||Always Free||Always Free|
|Private boat mooring||$20||$20|
*Party weekends feature more crowds and noise
**A La Carte weekends include no food – bring your own
While most people find plenty to do at the Clearlake Summer Cabin (swimming, sunbathing, volleyball, waterskiing, foosball, and just plain relaxing), these nearby attractions may appeal to some members:
The cabin is open to YSC member and their friends from late-May through September. Most weekends are organized with meals provided, suitable for members of all ages. Specially denoted weekend events are geared especially towards families with children; some towards the young party crowd.
Yes. Reservations are taken during the week of the event, typically between Tuesday and Thursday. Most members book online, though telephone reservations are taken one night per week. Your membership must be current.
Yes, your guests are welcome. Due to limited capacity, popular weekends such as Midsommar may have a limit of two guests per member.
It is preferred that you pay online by credit card before your arrival, though cash and check payments will be accepted at the cabin during your stay. You are responsible for your guests’ payment. Checks are only accepted from current YSC members.
Attendees are welcome to arrive anytime Friday. Folks typically arrive either Friday night or Saturday morning. Those arriving Friday are welcome to fix their own dinner in the kitchen, as the first meal is not provided until Saturday morning. Those who do not show up, or cancel by the deadline, will be billed a no-show fee.
During popular weekends, it’s quite easy to arrange a ride for people. The online reservations systems lists folks that offer rides, and those that need them.
Everybody sleeps outside. The spacious front lawn is for those who prefer to sleep under the stars, while small tents are welcome on the back lawn. A mattress is provided (one per person, please, on big weekends). Sleeping under the bright, starry California sky is a treat – there are no mosquitoes and little humidity.
The cabin as a large kitchen, men’s and women’s bathrooms and changing rooms, and a living room/dance floor.
Far inland from the chilly coast, Clear Lake offers the California weather that one expects. Hot summer days are nearly guaranteed through most of the season, with an average high temperature of 93F/34C. Dry air allows for cooler, comfortable evenings, and rain is nearly unheard of.
By all means, bring the kids along. With a canoe, paddleboat, other water toys, and other children, the cabin is an excellent place for families to meet. You may wish to avoid the occasional party weekend, when “older” YSC kids turn it up a notch.
They can be wild, catering to members in their 20’s and 30’s. They are often crowded, with the music played loud and late. Folks are known to dress up a bit for dinner and the Saturday night party.
Filtered drinking water is available at the cabin, but many prefer to bring bottled water along. Lots of folks bring along beer and/or wine, as only nonalcoholic beverages are provided with meals. Seasoned Clear Lake veterans know to bring an icebox along to keep their supplies cool. In this case, pick up a bag of ice on the way, as ice is in limited supply at the cabin.
All attendees must do one chore during their weekend stay. A variety of cooking and cleaning tasks are available, typically lasting 30-60 minutes. Chores will be assigned upon arrival.