Wednesday, 29 November 2023

Lakeport Splash-In at Clear Lake

09.23.2023 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


LAKEPORT, Calif. — The Lakeport Splash-In at Clear Lake will take place beginning at 9 a.m. and will continue throughout the day on Saturday, Sept. 23, in downtown Lakeport.

Also called the Clear Lake Splash-In, this will be the 41st annual event that celebrates seaplanes in Lakeport.

It will be paired with the annual Taste In Lakeport food and wine festival, which takes place at 5:30 p.m. Saturday on Main Street.

There also will be an artisan street fair in downtown Lakeport from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Seaplanes are set to begin arriving on Friday through Saturday morning, and departing following pilot-focused events on Sunday.

It will include a series of free seminars that will take place throughout Saturday at Lakeport City Hall, 225 Park St.

Most of the seminars are free but registration is required due to limited space. Register here:

The seminar schedule for Saturday is as follows.

• 9 a.m.: Opening remarks, Herb Lingl
• 9:05 a.m.: “Wings Over Water: An Aviation History of Lake County,” Clark McAbee
• 9:30 a.m.: “Expanding Your Comfort Zones,” Dr. Stephen Bateman
• 10:15 a.m.: “Rising Sun Seaplane Base, Indiana, to Clear Lake, California, on Straight Floats,” Herb Lingl
• 10:45 a.m.: “How to Win Scholarships to Fund Flight Training,” Mary McEnroe
• 11:15 a.m.: The Clear Lake Flying Club Youth Program, Herb Lingl
• 11:30 a.m.: The AOPA High School Curriculum, Dr. Stephen Bateman (This seminar qualifies for FAA WINGS Pilot Proficiency program credit)
• Noon to 2 p.m.: Lunch break
• 2 p.m.: “The Future of the Clear Lake Splash-In”
• 2:30 p.m.: Preventing Common Seaplane Accidents (This seminar qualifies for FAA WINGS Pilot Proficiency program credit)
• 3 p.m.: “Which Seaplane is Right for You?”
• 3:45 p.m.: Seaplanes in Lakeport: Ramps and Docks
• 4:15 p.m.: The Clear Lake Flying Club Seaplane Flyout Program, Herb Lingl
• 4:45 p.m.: “Celebrating Seaplanes,” a curated exhibition featuring painting, drawing,
sculpture opening at the Lakeport Arts Council Main Street Gallery on April 5, 2024. Submission details at

Incoming pilots are reminded that ramp monitors will be prepared to inspect and screen arriving seaplanes to protect against invasive mussels.

Screenings will take place at Lampson Field from noon to 4 p.m. on Friday and from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Fifth Street boat ramp. Call Lake County Water Resources at 707-263-2344 for more information.

On Sunday, Sept. 24, the Historic Courthouse Museum will officially open its new exhibition,”Wings Over Water: An Aviation History of Lake County.”

The Museums of Lake County reported that the new exhibit will feature photographs and other artifacts that relate the history of seaplanes on Clear Lake.

That includes PanAm's use of Clear Lake as an alternative landing location for its Boeing Clipper aircraft, the Navy's use of Clear Lake as a training ground for PBY Catalina, and other seaplanes up to the current day and the Clear Lake Splash-In.

The exhibit, which will continue through March 30, will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.

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