July 19, 2024
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Spend the Day on Lake Sonoma

Located at the upper end of Dry Creek Valley, Lake Sonoma offers a nice family area for picnicking, swimming, bank fishing, and picnics. Yorty Creek is located far up the Dry Creek arm and can be accessed by car from the city of Cloverdale. Facilities include chemical toilets, free sheltered picnic areas, a car-top boat launch (no trailers allowed), and a swim beach. Note: no drinking water is available at Yorty Creek. Yorty Creek is managed as a day use area. Boat-in campers wishing to launch and park overnight at Yorty Creek must check in with the visitor center and obtain a parking permit to avoid receiving a citation. Swim at your own risk, as there is no lifeguard on duty and please keep an eye on your children. Please, no glass or dogs on the swim beach.

At the Lake Sonoma Marina, you can rent ski boats, fishing boats, canoes and kayaks. You can even have a floating party on a pontoon Patio Boat, which can be rented up to 24 hours at a time! The store/deli has handmade sandwiches, drinks (beer, water, soda, etc.) and camping supplies. Campsites are also available at the Marina.

Stop at the Visitors Center and The Don Clausen Fish Hatchery, the most modern fish hatchery in the State of California. The lake preserves much of the scenic natural sprawl of the two drainages and their numerous stream-laced side canyons and supports an array of wildlife that includes golden eagles, mountain lions, and even a pair of endangered peregrine falcons.

Forty miles of trails lead through continually varying terrain. You can traverse open grasslands dominated by the complex silhouettes of ancient oaks, climb canyons shaded by thickly growing redwoods and bays, or explore woodlands dappled with sunlight filtering through a wild scramble of red-trunked madrones.

A 4-mile sampler of the park’s diverse habitats starts at the Little Flat trailhead. That trail also gives fine views of both arms of the lake. See more at www.parks.sonoma.net/laktrls.html

Lake Sonoma Resort Area & Marina
Lake Sonoma, Healdsburg
(707) 433.2200 • www.lakesonoma.com

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