Swimming

Lifeguarded Beaches

Regional Parks offers lifeguarded swimming beaches at the Spring Lake lagoon in Santa Rosa and Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach on the Russian River. Both feature calm waters, clearly marked swim boundaries, and wide, sandy shores. 

Spring Lake Swimming Lagoon

Spring Lake's swimming area is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. The lagoon is a family friendly swim spot with plenty of picnic areas. A section of the lagoon is also available for lap swimming. The Lakeside Grill at the lagoon serves barbecue, salads, pizza, beer and wine at bistro seating on the beach and rents inner tubes for the lagoon and paddleboats, kayaks, paddleboards, and canoes for the lake. Lagoon admission is free. Parking is $7 or free with a  Regional Parks membership. 

Spring Lake Water Park

New for 2016 is the Water Park at the Spring Lake lagoon. The Water Park features floating, inflatable bounce islands, bridges, climbing cliffs, trampoline, balance beam and other play stations for children 6 and older and adults. All-day admission is $10 for children, $15 for adults and $45 for a family of four. Please PDF fileread the safety rules and required waiver (2.42 MB.) Parking is $7 or free with a Regional Parks membership.

Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach

Memorial Beach is open for lifeguarded swimming on the Russian River from July through Labor Day. A temporary dam creates a calm, wide swimming area just south of the historic, steel-truss Memorial Bridge. Swim zones are clearly marked and watched by lifeguards daily. Admission is free. Parking is $7 or free with a Regional Parks membership. The long, sandy beach is a short drive to downtown Healdsburg's restaurants and shops.

Russian River Beaches

Other Regional Park beaches along the Russian River are popular spots during the summer. However, there are no lifeguards on duty at these parks, so you should exercise extreme caution if you enter the water. Please follow all rules on posted signs. Highly consider wearing a life jacket. Know your abilities. Swim with a companion and be aware of hazardous conditions such as drop offs and currents.

Note: There are currently no restrictions for recreational use of the Russian River. However, potentially harmful blue-green algae may be present. Care should be taken to keep children and pets away from algae and prevent them from drinking river water.  Read more

Sonoma Coast Beaches

Regional Park beaches along the Sonoma Coast are not patrolled by lifeguards, and with the exception of Doran Beach, swimming or wading in the ocean is not advised because of powerful waves and currents.   

Water Park at Spring Lake Park - FAQ's

The Water Park at the Spring Lake swimming lagoon is a popular addition to Spring Lake Regional park. To help you get the most out of your visit, here are some answers to frequently asked questions:

Q: Can older children use the Water Park unsupervised? For example, can a parent drop off a 12-year-old and his friends and return later to pick them up? Children 14 and younger require at least one parent or chaperone to be at the swimming lagoon at all times.

Q: If a parent does not want to play in the Water Park, does the parent have to pay for admission as well? The adult will not need to pay but will need to stay out of the Water Park zone in the lagoon.

Q. Do I need to know how to swim to use the Water Park? Yes, you should have basic swimming skills. The majority of play equipment is in water more than 4 feet deep. But swim tests are not required, and all users are required to wear a life vest.

Q. Why do I have to wear a life vest? Can I bring my own? Life vests are required for all Water Park guests, even adults and strong swimmers. This is for obvious safety reasons and in keeping with the manufacturer's recommendations. Guests must wear one of the U.S. Coast Guard-approved vests provided by Water Park staff.

Q. Are lifeguards always on duty at the Water Park? Yes, in addition to multiple lifeguards watching Water Park visitors from shore, lifeguards are stationed on paddle boards inside the Water Park and can quickly reach children using the equipment. 

Q. Do Water Park visitors need to sign a liability waiver? Yes, parents will need to sign a waiver for all children 14 and younger in their care. Teens 15 and older can sign their own.

Q. How many people can be on the Water Park equipment at once? We can accommodate up to 99 participants at one time. Once we reach that capacity, we rotate visitors through the Water Park in 45-minute sessions. If a visitor wants to go back into the Water Park after their session ends, they are welcome to do so as long as space is available in the next session.

Q. The Water Park was so busy the afternoon I visited I didn't get to use the equipment the entire time. How can I enjoy a full day at the Water Park? Weekends and holidays can be very busy. To get the most time on the equipment, please arrive when the Water Park opens at 11 a.m. or visit on weekdays when attendance is lighter. We are looking into special pricing options for peak times and considering the possibility of a season pass.

Q. Why is a wristband required? Color-coded wristbands help us quickly see who has paid admission that day. Wristbands are disposable and similar to those used at theme parks and concerts. 

Q. How clean is the water? The water in the spring-fed swimming lagoon is chlorinated and circulated throughout the swim season. The Sonoma County Department of Health Services monitors the water quality, and samples consistently exceed all state requirements.

Q. Can people with physical limitations access the Water Park? We make every effort to assist visitors with physical limitations. Accommodations can be made on a case-by-case basis and may include the use of a beach wheelchair to reach the water. For more information, please speak with parks staff or call Regional Parks' aquatics manager at (707) 565-2824 Monday through Friday.
 
Q. Are floats permitted? No. For safety reasons, we need to keep the Water Park free of personal swim gear.

Q. Are water shoes permitted? Yes, water shoes are fine, though they are not necessary. The lagoon shore is sandy and soft.

Q. Can I bring my dog to the Water Park? Dogs are welcome at Spring Lake Park, but they are not allowed on the sandy portion of beach or in the lagoon. If you bring your dog, it will need to stay on the grassy areas. 

Q. Can I take my phone onto the Water Park equipment? Unless your phone is in a special water-proof case, you should not take it onto the Water Park. It will get soaked!

Q. Can I reserve the Water Park for a birthday party? At this time, the Water Park cannot be reserved for special events.

The Water Park at Spring Lake is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Admission is $10 for children 6 and older, $15 for adults or $45 for two adults and two children. For driving directions and more visitor information, please visit the Spring Lake Regional Park webpage

Russian River Patrol

This team of bilingual lifeguards and rangers will visit the beaches at Steelhead, Sunset, and Forestville River Access (Mom's Beach) Thursdays through Mondays all summer. They’ll fit visitors with free life vests for the day and talk with beachgoers about staying safe on the water. Life vests are highly recommended on the river because of unseen hazards and changing conditions.

Thank you to our sponsors!

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  • Brush Bernard Certified Public Accountants
  • Syar Industries
  • Calpine
  • The Heck Foundation
  • Community Foundation Sonoma County
  • The Ratto Group a family of companies

'Let's Go Swimming' Swim Lesson Vamos a Nadar...Let's Go Swimming

Swim Lessons for Kids; Water-Safety Training for Parents

Sponsored by Regional Parks, Let's Go Swimming (Vamos a Nadar) is a summer program providing swim lessons to children while their parents receive water-safety training in Spanish and English. Presentations teach families the importance of water awareness and how swimming can become part of an active lifestyle. Participants receive a voucher for two weeks of reduced-price swim lessons at a local pool. Let's Go Swimming has taught water safety to more than 2,000 young people since 2004. For more information, contact Sonoma County Regional Parks at (707) 565-8034.

Other Water Safety Resources

Drowning Prevention Information from the California Parks & Recreation Society
Fact Sheet on Drowning from the Centers For Disease Control & Prevention
American Red Cross
  

Water Quality

Spring Lake Swimming Lagoon

Water in the Spring Lake swimming lagoon is chlorinated and circulated throughout the swim season. The Sonoma County Department of Health Services monitors water quality in cooperation with Regional Parks and the Sonoma County Water Agency. Swimming lagoon water samples consistently exceed all state water quality requirements.

Russian River beaches

The Sonoma County Department of Health Services, in cooperation with the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board and the Sonoma County Water Agency, monitors bacterial levels in the water at beaches on the Russian River. Sampling is conducted regularly between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Test results are posted by the Department of Health Services and are also available through the Beach Sampling Hotline at (707) 565-6552.

Summer Camps

Check out some highlights from our most popular camp.

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Questions?

For more information about camps or lifeguard training, contact:

David Robinson
Program Manager

(707) 565-2824

David.Robinson@sonoma-county.org

Or 

Visit the Summer Camps page

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