There are currently
no restrictions for recreational use of the Russian River. However, the public
should be advised that potentially harmful blue-green algae may be present.
Care should be taken to keep children and pets away from algae, and prevent them
from drinking river water. Read more
The park opens at 7:00 a.m. and closes at sunset.
$7 per vehicle
Permitted on leash no longer than 6 feet. License required.
No swimming in the lakes.
Gravel wheelchair-accessible trails and accessible group picnic areas.
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.
Riverfront Regional Park
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 updated Trails Challenge
guidebook. Submit a trails log when you finish all five hikes and get a free Trails Challenge gift!
Suggested trail loop: Lake Benoist Trail Loop to Redwood Hill Trail
Loop length: 2.18 miles or 2.68
Degree of difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: Flat
- 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 mining areas transformed into beautiful lakes for fishing and kayaking.
- The park includes 1 mile of Russian River frontage, though the view of the river from the main trail is screened by foliage.
- A 15-acre grove of redwoods next to the parking area includes a half-mile trail, a group picnic area, a volleyball court, and restrooms and a drinking fountain.
- The Lake Trail is a 2.18-mile loop passing Lake Wilson and circling Lake Benoist. It’s a wide, mostly flat, unpaved trail ringed by redwoods, willows and cottonwoods.
- The river can be reached via trail spurs on the northwest 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.
- From the parking lot, walk past the trailhead kiosk 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 Lake Benoist and a trail juncture. You can begin the loop around the lake by walking to your right or left.
- At the southwest side of the loop are benches where you can take a break and enjoy beautiful views across the lake. On the northwest side of the loop, look for trail spurs to the Russian River, including one leading to a small, rocky beach.
- When you’ve circled the lake, return to the parking lot on the dirt road (the way you came.) or add an additional .5 mile walk by turning right on Redwood Trail. (The trailhead is about half way between Lake Benoist and the parking lot.) You’ll make short, steep climb into the shady
redwoods and follow the forested ridge back to the parking lot.
- 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 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.
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