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 lagoon is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. The lagoon is a family friendly swim spot with an inflatable playground and areas for free swim and lap swimming. Lagoon admission is free. Inflatable playground admission is $10 per person (children 6 and older and adults) or $60 for a season pass. 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.

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 inflatable playground on the 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: How much is admission to the inflatable playground in 2017? All-day admission is $10 per person. A $20 "Otter Pass" includes one-day admission and one hour of paddle board or boat rental on Spring Lake. A $60 season pass includes daily admission all summer and one hour of paddle board or boat rental daily. The playground is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

Q. Do I need to know how to swim to use the inflatable playground? Yes, you should have basic swimming skills. The majority of play equipment is in water more than 4 feet deep. All users are required to wear a life vest included with admission. 

Q. Are lifeguards on duty? Yes, multiple lifeguards watch visitors from shore, and lifeguards on paddle boards are stationed inside the play area.  

Q: Can older children visit the playground unsupervised? Children 14 and younger require at least one parent or chaperone to be at the swimming lagoon at all times, and parents need to sign a waiver for all children in their care. Teens 15 and older can sign their own waivers. Read PDF filethe safety rules and required waiver (2.42 MB.) 

Q: If a parent does not want to play on the inflatables, does the parent need to pay admission? The adult will not need to pay, but will need to stay outside of the inflatable playground.
 
Q. How many people can be on the inflatable playground? We can accommodate up to 99 visitors at a time. Once we reach capacity, we rotate visitors through the play area in 45-minute sessions. Weekends and holidays can be busy. To get the most time on the equipment, plan on arriving when the play area opens at 11 a.m. or visit on weekdays when attendance is lighter. 

Q. Why is a wristband required? Color-coded, disposable wristbands help us quickly see who has paid admission. 

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

Q. Can people with physical limitations access the inflatable playground? 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. Can I reserve the inflatable playground for parties or special events? Yes, you can rent the playground from 10 to 11 a.m. for $350 for up to 50 people, with guests then enjoying all-day access during regular public hours. Rental includes the use of a group picnic area. (Additional private party guests are $10 per person.)
   
Q. Are floats permitted? For safety reasons, personal swim gear is not allowed in the inflatable playground. 

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

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, Vamos a Nadar/Let's Go Swimming provides summer 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.

Sessions for 2017 include:

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.

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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

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