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
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
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.
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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.