Spring Lake Regional Park

393 Violetti Road, Santa Rosa

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

Hours: The park is open 7 a.m.-sunset. The campground is open daily May-September and on weekends and holidays October-April.

Parking: $7 per vehicle for day use.

South Entrance: Campground/boat launch - 5585 Newanga Avenue, Santa Rosa

North Entrance: Environmental Discovery Center/swimming lagoon/Lakeside Grill/boat rentals - 393 Violetti Road, Santa Rosa

Dogs: Permitted on leashes no longer than 6 feet. License required. Dogs are not allowed on the swimming lagoon beach.

Accessibility: Wheelchair-accessible trails, picnic sites, camping areas, and Environmental Discovery Center. Beach wheelchairs available upon request for the swimming lagoon.

Ranger Phone: (707) 539-8092

This 320-acre park features trails for walking, hiking, bicycling and horseback riding as well as a 3-acre lagoon for summer swimming, and a 72-acre lake for boating and fishing. Amenities also include a 31-site campground, picnic areas with barbecues, a par course, and the Environmental Discovery Center.

A new addition to the park is the Lakeside Grill, a seasonal cafe at the swimming lagoon. Lakeside Grill features a cook-to-order menu, bistro seating on the beach, wine and beer service, free Wi-Fi, and kayak and paddleboat rentals.

Picnics

Spring Lake has 200 picnic tables with barbecues throughout the park and five group picnic areas available for reservation at (707) 565-2041.

Swimming

The spring-fed swimming lagoon is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Staffed by lifeguards, the lagoon is ringed by a sandy beach, lawns, picnic sites, and redwood trees. Inner tube rentals are available at the Lakeside Grill. The water is chlorinated, circulated and regularly monitored by Sonoma County Health Services. Samples consistently exceed all state water-quality requirements. The swimming lagoon is reached via the Violetti Road entrance. Admission is free. Parking is $7.

Boating

The 72-acre lake is open year-round  for boating, kayaking, paddleboarding, and windsurfing. The boat ramp - reached via the Newanga Avenue entrance - can accommodate craft up to 16 feet long. Electric motors are permitted, but gas motors are not. Life jackets must be worn on the lake.

Kayaks, paddleboats and canoes are available for rent at the Lakeside Grill from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. daily Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day and on weekends September-October. Hourly rates are: $9 for a single kayak; $12 for a double kayak; $14 for a two-person paddleboat; $18 for a four-person paddleboat; $16-$21 for canoes; and $13 for water bikes. The boat rental launch is near the lower parking lot of the Violetti Road entrance.

Fishing

Fishing is a popular activity on Spring Lake. Large-mouth bass, sunfish and catfish can be caught year-round. A California fishing license is required for fishermen 16 and older.

Spring Lake Regional Park Trails

Length:9.7 miles of trail

Spring Lake Regional Park in Santa Rosa is one of the most popular parks in the Sonoma County system. The 320 acre park offers a myriad of trail options totaling 9.7 miles. A paved ADA accessible path known as the Spring Lake Loop forms an easy 2.3 mile circuit around the lake. Dirt trails frequently intersect the loop, and wind through blackberry bushes close to the lakeshore.

The east side of the park near the Environmental Discovery Center offers a network of hillside trails through woodland via the Nature Trail.

Hikes may be extended by connecting trails to Howarth City Park to the west and Annadel State Park to the east, allowing park users to tailor trips to their needs and abilities. Picnic tables and benches are dispersed throughout the park.

Please note that leashed dogs are welcome in both Howarth and Spring Lake parks, but are not permitted in Annadel State Park. Equestrians are welcome at Spring Lake and may take advantage of the equestrian parking area accessed via the Newanga Avenue park entrance. Drinking water is available at most of the restrooms and group picnic areas.

Open daily: May 1 through September 30.

Open weekends & holidays: October 1 through April 30.

Open year round: Group campground (by reservation)

Campground Entrance: 5585 Newanga Avenue, Santa Rosa

Accessibility: Accessible individual & group camping areas


Spring Lake offers individual and group camping. The campground is open daily from May through September and on weekends and holidays from October through April. The group campground is open year-round by reservation.

Camping amenities include potable water, restrooms with electrical outlets, flush toilets and showers, and dump station. There are no RV hook-ups. 

  Detailed camping information and reservations >  

Bill and Dave Hikes Annual Picnic

Aug 24, 2014 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM


Naturally Fit - R.I.P.P.E.D. - Begins Aug. 25

Aug 25, 2014 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM


Water Bark Dog Swim & Big Splash Raffle - Sept. 6

Sep 6, 2014 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM


Science Saturday 2014

Sep 6, 2014 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Water Bark Dog Swim - Sept. 7

Sep 7, 2014 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM


Water Bark Dog Swim - Sept. 13

Sep 13, 2014 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM


Water Bark Dog Swim - Sept. 14

Sep 14, 2014 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM


Water Bark Dog Swim - Sept. 20-21

Sep 20, 2014 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM


Family Nature Walks - Sept. 20

Sep 20, 2014 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Water Bark Dog Swim - Sept. 20-21

Sep 21, 2014 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM


View our calendar for more activities

Environmental Discovery Center
(707) 539-2865

The Environmental Discovery Center at Spring Lake Regional Park in Santa Rosa is a natural science museum featuring hands-on displays and interactive exhibits designed primarily for children in the elementary grades. Public hours are noon-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. (Note: The EDC will be closed Aug. 18 - Sept. 2 to install its fall exhibit, Habitat and Home.)

The Environmental Discovery Center is staffed by naturalists with expertise in the natural sciences and educational programming. The EDC is a popular destination for school field trips and also offers free weekend activities for families. At the Environmental Discovery Center, kids can:

  • Learn about healthy habitats and watersheds through exhibits that invite them to touch, climb, crawl and play
  • Explore a tide pool with live sea creatures, meet Shelby the turtle and get up close to a taxidermied mountain lion, coyote and other wildlife displays.
  • Conduct earth science experiments with Discovery Center naturalists on "Science Saturdays"
  • Take a hike with a naturalist and learn about the plants and animals of Spring Lake Park
  • Visit on a school field trip or stop by on their own with their families

The Environmental Discovery Center is a partnership established by the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation with Regional Parks and the Sonoma County Water Agency.

Trails Challenge

View larger image of Spring Lake Trails Challenge MapSpring Lake Regional Park
393 Violetti Road, Santa Rosa

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. Submit a trails log when you finish all five hikes and win a free water bottle!    

Suggested trail loop:  Paved path around lake
Loop length: 2.3 miles
Degree of difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 54 feet

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

Park notes

  • Spring Lake is one of Sonoma County’s most-visited parks. The lake at this large park in northeast Sana Rosa is actually a flood control reservoir open to paddling, sailing and fishing. The park also has a campground, spring-fed swimming lagoon, restaurant, and environmental education center open to the public Wednesdays-Sundays.
  • Spring Lake connects with Annadel State Park and Howarth Park for extended hiking options.
  • Despite its proximity to the city, Spring Lake is home to diverse wildlife, including river otter, deer, bobcats, turtles, beaver, muskrat, mink and many bird species.

Trail Notes

  • The main trail is a 2.3-mile paved loop around the lake with views of forested hillsides. The trail is wide, with plenty of room for side-by-side walking and cycling, and is fully ADA accessible. The elevation is mostly flat, with  a short climb to the top of the main dam.
  • Several unpaved trails - Fishermans Trail, Pack Trail and Shady Oaks Trail - intertwine with the paved trail and offer less-traveled routes around the lake.
  • Restrooms and drinking fountains are near the swimming lagoon.

Trail Directions

  • Start this hike near the swimming lagoon. Head right (north) on the paved trail along the edge of the lake.
  • Cross over the Santa Rosa Creek diversion channel and head uphill to the top of the main dam.
  • Walk northwest across the dam.
  • The trail then descends and follows the north end of the lake.
  • Curve south through oak groves to a split in the trail. Stay to your left, passing water storage tanks on your right. (The right fork leads to the city of Santa Rosa’s Howarth Park.)
  • Weave through the Jack Rabbit Meadow picnic area and down to the boat launch.
  • Follow the shoreline and curve along the south end of the lake beneath South Saddle Dam.
  • Cross the Braille Trail Bridge over the Spring Creek Overflow Channel and arrive back at the swimming lagoon.

Driving Directions

  • From Highway 101 and Highway 12 in Santa Rosa, drive 1.5 miles west on Highway 12 to Farmers Lane. Turn left onto Farmers Lane and drive .08 miles to Montgomery Drive.
  • Turn right on Montgomery and drive for 2.7 miles to Channel Drive.
  • Turn right and go 0.2 miles to Violetti Road.
  • Turn right and drive to the posted park entrance on your right.
  • Enter the park and drive straight ahead to the parking area near the lake and swimming lagoon.
  • Parking $7 or free for Regional Parks members

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