Sonoma Lake

Location and Directions:

     Lake Sonoma is located in north of Santa Rosa near the city of Healdsburg. From the bay area, take hwy. 101 north past Healdsburg to Canyon Rd. and go west. Turn right on Dry Creek Rd. and follow it to the lake.


General Info:

    Sonoma lake is part of the Russian River system. It is a medium sized lake at 2,700 surface acres. RV, tent, and boat-in campsites are available. There are numerous horseback and hiking trails surrounding the lake. The Milt Brandt Visitor Center and the Congressman Don Clausen Fish Hatchery are located at the park entrance and are open to visitors year round. Here, exhibits tell the story of Warm Springs Dam, explain the natural and early history of Dry Creek Valley, and offer a variety of audio-visual and ranger-led programs. You can call (707) 433-9483 ext. 3040 for more information.


Other lakes in the area:
Berryessa Lake
Clear Lake
San Pablo Lake


Boating Info:

    Boat launching is available at the public boat ramp on the west end of Warm Springs Bridge, and at Yorty Creek Recreation Area off Hot Springs Road (car top only). The marina is located off Stewart's Point Road and offers a boat ramp, boat slips, boat rentals and other services.


Fishing Info:

    This lake holds a variety of gamefish including Large and Smallmouth Bass, Channel Catfish, Trout, Sacramento Perch, Crappie, Red-Eared Sunfish, and Bluegill. Be sure to visit the CDFW web site for complete regulations before heading out.


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