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's swimming area is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. The lagoon is a family friendly swim spot with plenty of picnic areas. The lagoon is also the site of the Lakeside Grill, which serves barbecue, salads, pizza and drinks at bistro seating on the beach and also rents inner tubes and boats.
New for 2016 is an inflatable Water Park featuring slides, bounce islands and bridges, climbing cliffs, a trampoline, a balance beam and other floating play stations for children 6 and older and adults. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and all-day admission is $10 for children, $15 for adults and $45 for a family of four. Please read the safety rules and bring the signed waiver form (2.42 MB) with you to the Water Park. Parking is $7 or free for with a Regional Parks membership.
Memorial Beach will open for daily swimming by July 1, 2016. A temporary dam creates a swimming zone that is lifeguarded daily through Labor Day. Admission is free. 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!
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 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.