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Attention: Sites will be available on a first come/first served basis for the month of April! Visitors will need to bring their own toilet paper and will also need to take care of their garbage on a "Pack it in—Pack it out" basis!
Attention: Due to low lake levels creating unsafe conditions the following campgrounds will remain closed until further notice: Old Sawmill, Rustlers, Skunk and Thumb


part ofLake Sonoma, US Army Corps of Engineers
Status: Open through Wed Dec 31 2014   Season Dates


Lake Sonoma's Boat-In Sites are scattered around beautiful Lake Sonoma, only a 45-minute drive north of Santa Rosa and a two-hour drive from San Francisco.

World famous vineyards and a land rich in history surround the lake, where visitors enjoy boating, fishing and exploring the area's extensive trail network.

Natural Features:

Lake Sonoma is nestled in the beautiful coastal foothills of Sonoma County, California. The area typically has cool, foggy, wet winters and hot, dry summers. Temperatures average in the upper 90s during the summer with short periods of higher heat.


The lake provides great boating and swimming opportunities. Anglers fish for large and smallmouth bass, catfish and sunfish. A small native population of rainbow trout exists in the waters as well.

Hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders enjoy exploring several miles of trails that meander along the shoreline.


The lake boasts nearly 100 boat-in campsites. Some sites lie close to the lake's ski zones while others are in more secluded regions perfect for fishing or swimming.

Boaters who wish to camp/sleep on their boats may anchor anywhere within the park, but boats must be equipped with anchor lights. If boaters wish to tie up to the shore, they must be at one of the designated campgrounds.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Marina
  • Pit Toilets
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
Know Before You Go
  • Trails and campsites are located on steep hillsides; hazardous conditions may exist
  • All campers must check in at the Lake Sonoma Center before launching their vessels
  • Campers using the Yorty Creek Recreation Area must obtain a visitor pass and security combination
  • Children under 12 must wear life jackets onboard a vessel; the visitor center operates a free life jacket loaner program for young children
  • Reservations must be made 2 days before camping.
  • Minimum 2 night stay on a weekend and 3 nights stay on a holiday

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
38.70833, -123.0
38°42'30"N, 123°0'0"W

Take Highway 101 north of San Francisco to the town of Healdsburg and exit on Dry Creek Road. Travel west 11 miles to reach the visitor center on the right. The public boat ramp is 1.5 miles further up the road.

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