Swimming

Lifeguarded Beaches

We have two beaches perfect for summer swimming: the Spring Lake lagoon in Santa Rosa and Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach on the Russian River. Both are staffed by Regional Park lifeguards and both feature calm waters, clearly marked swim boundaries, and wide, sandy shores. 

Spring Lake Swimming Lagoon - Spring Lake's swimming area is a 3-acre lagoon open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. The lagoon is designed as a family friendly swim spot, with free admission and plenty of picnic areas. The lagoon is also the site of the new Lakeside Grill, a seasonal café selling daily lunch and dinner specials and fresh smoothies. Parking is $7 or free with a Regional Parks membership.  

Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach - Beach swimming area is created each summer when we erect a seasonal dam on the Russian River. The dam creates a placid swim zone that is a traditional favorite with families who want to experience river swimming with the security of lifeguards. Admission is free, though parking is $7 or free with a Regional Parks membership. The beach is a short drive to downtown Healdsburg's restaurants and shops.

Beaches without Lifeguards

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.

Regional Park beaches along the Sonoma Coast are not patrolled by lifeguards.With the exception of Doran Beach, swimming is not advised because of the potential for powerful waves and currents.   

Russian River Patrol

This team of bilingual lifeguards and rangers will visit the beaches at Steelhead, Sunset, Forestville River Access, and Riverfront parks 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

Water Safety

Safe Swimming Saves Lives (Vamos a Nadar)

Sponsored by Regional Parks and other local agencies, Safe Swimming Saves Lives (Vamos a Nadar) is a 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. Vamos a Nadar has taught water safety to more than 1,300 young people since 2004. Contact the American Red Cross for more information.

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.

Questions?

For more information about swim camps or lifeguard training, contact:

David Robinson
Aquatics Specialist

(707) 565-2041

David.Robinson@sonoma-county.org

Or 

Visit the Junior Lifeguard program page

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