Riverfront Regional Park

7821 Eastside Road, Healdsburg

  • Accessible areas
  • Beaches
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Equestrian Trails
  • Fishing
  • Hiking/Walking Trails
  • Kayaking/Canoeing
  • Picnic Facilities

Hours: The park opens at 7:00 a.m. and closes at sunset.

Parking: $7 per vehicle

Dogs: Permitted on leash no longer than 6 feet. License required.

Restrictions: No swimming in the lakes.

Accessibility: Gravel wheelchair-accessible trails and accessible group picnic areas.

Ranger Phone: (707) 433-1625

Located along the Russian River, Riverfront Regional Park is just minutes west of downtown Windsor and surrounded by classic Wine Country scenery. The park features two beautiful lakes for fishing, kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddling. A 2-mile trail loops around the larger lake, Lake Benoist, with a short spur to a small beach on the Russian River. A .5-mile trail winds through a majestic grove of coast redwoods. The redwood forest also features one of Regional Parks' largest and loveliest group picnic areas with a large barbecue, a volleyball area, and a horseshoe pit. 

The park's master plan identifies opportunities for additional trails, picnic areas, a Lake Benoist boat launch, and boating access to the Russian River.

Riverfront Regional Park Trails

Length:3.12 miles of trails

Riverfront Regional Park is located just outside of the town of Windsor and includes 3.12 miles of trail. The primary trail leads from the parking lot to a loop around Lake Benoist, one of two reclaimed gravel pits within the park. While swimming is prohibited, the lakes are popular with fishermen and non-motorized boating is allowed. The Redwood Hill Trail offers a pleasant climb up and over a small hill from the picnic area, passing through oak woodland. Equestrians are allowed on the Lake Benoist Loop Trail, and facilities include equestrian parking and hitching posts.

Trails Challenge

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7821 Eastside Road, Windsor

This park is featured in the Sonoma County Trails Challenge , which invites you to get out and get active by hiking five of 15 routes highlighted in the new Trails Challenge PDF fileguidebook (28.73 MB). Submit a trails log when you finish all five hikes and get a free Trails Challenge gift!

Suggested trail loop:  Lake Benoist Trail Loop
Loop length:  2.18 miles
Degree of difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: Flat 

Trails symbols for walk, hike, run, dogs on leash, cyclists and equestrians

Park Notes

  • This 300-acre park is next to the Russian River, just minutes from downtown Windsor and surrounded by classic Wine Country scenery. The park is a former quarry with two mining pits reclaimed as beautiful lakes for fishing and kayaking and 1 mile of Russian River frontage, though the river is screened by dense foliage along the main trail.
  • A 15-acre grove of redwoods next to the parking area includes a half-mile trail through the forest, a large picnic area, a volleyball court, and restrooms and a drinking fountain.

Trail Notes

  • The Lake Trail is a 2.18-mile loop passing Lake Wilson and going around Lake Benoist. It's a wide, mostly flat trail ringed by redwoods, willows and cottonwoods.
  • Look for trail spurs to the Russian River on the north side of the Lake Trail.
  • The park is a rookery for great blue herons, North America's largest heron, and nests can be spotted high in the trees from January-July. You may also see egrets and green herons.

Trail Directions

  • From the parking lot, walk past the trailhead kiosk and head southwest on the Lake Trail, which is a dirt road. (The redwood grove will be on your left and Lake Wilson on your right.)
  • At .03-miles you'll come to a trail juncture and the east end of Lake Benoist. You can begin the loop around the lake by walking to your right (south) or your left (north.)
  • At the far west side of the loop is a beautiful view across the lake and a bench where you can take a break and appreciate the scenery.
  • When you've circled the lake, return to the parking lot on the dirt road (the way you came.)

Driving Directions

  • From Santa Rosa, take Highway 101 north and exit at River Road. Go west on River Road. Turn right onto Trenton-Healdsburg Road. At 1.3 miles, make a slight right onto Eastside Road. Continue 1.5-miles to the clearly marked park entrance. Drive into the park for half a mile to the parking lot.
  • From Windsor, drive west on Windsor River Road. Turn left onto Eastside Road and continue 1.8 miles to the park entrance on your right. Continue into the park for half a mile to the parking lot. Parking $7 or free for Regional Parks members.

Paddle boards on the Russian River Paddle Board Rentals

Try the sport of paddle boarding and explore beautiful Lake Benoist or the Russian River. 

Russian River Paddle Boards, a private outfitter, now offers seasonal rentals at Riverfront Regional Park. Rentals are typically available on weekend afternoons in summer and fall or by appointment. Guided paddle board tours on the lake or river also are available by appointment.

For more information, go to russianriverpaddleboards.com.

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Sonoma County Regional Parks Trails Challenge

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