Lake Sonoma is about 45 minutes north of Santa Rosa, and a 2-hour drive from San Francisco. The lake boasts almost 100 boat-in sites for all to enjoy. All boat-in sites are located on various portions of the lake's shoreline. Visitors have the option of selecting campgrounds that are close to the ski zones of the lake, or selecting a more secluded region for fishing or swimming. Boaters who wish to sleep on their boats for camping may anchor anywhere within the park if they have anchor lights; however, if they tie up to shore, they must be at one of the designated campgrounds. The park typically has cool, foggy, wet winters with hot, dry summers. Temperatures average in the high 90s during the summer with short periods over 100 degrees.
Reservations must be made at least 4 days in advance. Campers under 18 years of age must provide park staff with a written letter of permission from their parents along with a valid photo ID to camp on their own. Juveniles without permission must be with a parent or guardian during their entire stay. All campers must check in at the Lake Sonoma Center before launching their vessels. In addition, campers using the Yorty Creek Recreation Area must obtain a visitor pass and security combination. Campsite must be free for the next arrival by 12:00 noon. Fires, hibachis, and other open flames are permitted only at the campground fire grills. All generators, radios, and other noise-producing equipment must be turned off by 10pm. Boisterous rowdy contact or any disturbances of the peace is grounds for dismissal. Pets must be restrained at all times. Unrestrained pets can prevent park staff or service contractors from cleaning restrooms or removing campground trash. All boating laws are strictly enforced. Any boats observed operating recklessly or without the stated required safety equipment onboard will be escorted off the lake. Children under 7 years of age must wear life jackets onboard a vessel. The visitor center operates a free life jacket loaner program for young children. Trails and campsites are located on the steep hillsides of California's coastal mountains. Hazardous conditions may exist.
Directions: Take Hwy 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.
Normal Services Available:
1-1/2003 through 12-31/2003 .