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There are thousands of lake getaways in California, many of which are open to recreation and offer scenic getaway spots for travelers. But no matter what part of the state you’re in, what makes a good lake house is a proximity to the water and plenty of fun amenities to enjoy.
Here are the top lake house vacation rentals in California to check out for your next vacation.
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This is a popular lake house rental on Airbnb and one that works great for up to eight people. It has three bedrooms and 2.5 baths so you can enjoy the best of the Tahoe area. This home is in a quiet family neighborhood and close to skiing, casinos, pools, a marina, and a private beach. This 2,400-square-foot waterfront house has multiple TVs, a gas log stove, a yard, and a hot tub. It’s in the Tahoe Keys neighborhood with 700+ residences and lots of community amenities to enjoy.
Soak up the scenery at Shasta Lake with this Airbnb rental in a quiet family neighborhood. It sleeps up to 10 guests and has three bedrooms and two baths. There’s a marina next door to launch your boat and two large decks to enjoy the views. The distance to the water is between 50 feet to several hundred yards, depending on the lake level. This is one of three lakefront homes that are next to each other, and if you rent all three, you can accommodate up to 38 people. Up to two well-behaved dogs are allowed here for a fee of $95 per dog.
Here’s a beautiful lake house available to rent on Vrbo that’s 2,227 square feet in size and sleeps eight to 10 people. It has four bedrooms and 2.5 baths by Eagle Lake. The home is in a gated community and offers great opportunities for kayaking, swimming, and paddleboarding. Susanville is about 20 minutes away from shopping and dining out.
A Southern California lake house rental worth considering for your next trip is this luxurious Vrbo property. It’s a Sunset Lake villa that sleeps up to 10 people and has three bedrooms and three baths. From here, it’s a short drive to Coachella and Palm Springs. The 20-acre lake is part of a beautiful gated community with a fitness center, billiards room, and private saltwater pool. The villa is a corner unit townhouse that faces west and has unobstructed views.
Travelers enjoy spending time at Lake Tulloch when they book this Airbnb lake house that’s 2,300 square feet in size. It sleeps up to 12 people and has three bedrooms and two baths. The home is close to Campsite Marina and has a deck, fire pit with chairs, and even extra sleeping space in the garage for large groups. You’ll find the closest store in Oakdale about 25 minutes away. The host provides a paddleboat for guests to use, but the other boats are off-limits.
You can live the lake life along Lake Cuyamaca when you book this Vrbo home for your trip. This is a 1,350-square-foot house that sleeps five people and has two bedrooms and two baths. The home has a great kitchen and offers lovely unobstructed views of the lake, forest, and mountains. A few miles away is the historic town of Julian. This is an ideal place to get away from busy city days and truly relax. Onsite amenities include internet, TV, and laundry machines. Pets are welcome here, but just let the host know you want to bring your pup along.
Here’s a Lake Tulloch rental option on the south shore that’s close to the boat launch and marina. You can swim off the dock and enjoy being here at the base of the Sierras with lots of outdoor recreation and wineries. The lake house is down a long private driveway to give you a sense of privacy. There is ample parking for cars, trailers, and boats here. Up to 12 people can stay in this house that has four bedrooms and three baths. The beach, playground, and boat rentals are just a five-minute walk away.
Groups up to eight people enjoy staying at this home that’s right along Clear Lake and perfect for fishing and family trips. From here you can explore the local wineries, relax on the large deck, and go boating. The boat launch is just two miles away so bring your boat along. The home is on the west side of the lake and has awesome lake views from the windows. The interior offers games, Wi-Fi, and a TV. There are two bedrooms and a loft with extra sleeping accommodations. You’ll also have a kitchen, a full bathroom, and everything you need to feel comfortable. Pets are allowed here; however, the space isn’t suitable for infants under two years old.
Lake Gregory is just steps away from this 2,400-square-foot lake house that sleeps up to 12 people. It has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, as well as panoramic views of the lake. With this rental, you’ll enjoy the two balconies, open floor plan, multiple levels, and outdoor seating. It’s ideal for families with young children because it has a fully fenced yard and also a basketball hoop and tetherball to play. Pets are not allowed at this rental property. Guests should also know that they need to provide their own sheets and towels and that while there is no central air conditioning, there are portable fans situated throughout the house.
This California lake house is just steps from the Pine Mountain Lake Main Marina and along the shores of the Marina Beach Cove. It is just 35 minutes from the Big Oak Flat entrance for your day trips into Yosemite National Park. It will comfortably sleep 10 people and has a full kitchen, three bedrooms, and two baths. The waterfront home also comes with a TV and Wi-Fi. The home is in a gated community and near a golf course, stables, restaurant, and lounge too. Guests have access to three swimming beaches, a fishing beach, and a water taxi in addition to other fun community amenities.
With 2,600 square feet of space, three bedrooms, and two baths, here’s a lake house that sleeps six to 10 people. It is available on Airbnb and has a deck to enjoy the lake and mountain views. This lakehouse comes with multiple TVs, excellent Wi-Fi, and laundry machines. This is an awesome place to be to spend time on Lake Arrowhead. In this area, there are winding neighborhood roads that are residential. However, parking is easy, and you’ll barely see any neighbors from the home.
This lakefront home sleeps four people and offers lots of opportunities for recreation and relaxation at Folsom Lake. When you stay here, it’s easy to go biking, rent a boat, go horseback riding, swim, and hike. You can venture a bit further out to visit Tahoe, Napa Valley, and San Francisco too. Guests can access the lake at the public entrance that’s about five houses down the street. This casita has its own living room, bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom. Pets and children under age 12 are not allowed here.
When you want to visit Lake Elsinore, consider staying at this lake house that has three bedrooms and 1.5 baths. It’s a 1,350-square-foot house that sleeps six people and can be rented on Vrbo. The lake is generally safe for swimming and stocked with fish for fishing. There are multiple TVs here, as well as high-speed internet. The hosts provide two kayaks with paddles and life jackets for you to use. Meanwhile, boat and jet ski rentals are available in the area. Pets are allowed at this lake house.