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: 7 a.m. - sunset

Parking: $7 per vehicle or free for Regional Parks members

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

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

Dogs: Permitted on leash, except on swimming beach. License required.

Accessibility: Wheelchair-accessible trails, picnic and camp sites, and Environmental Discovery Center. Beach wheelchairs available by request.

Ranger Phone: (707) 539-8092

Spring Lake Regional Park

This 320-acre park in northeast Santa Rosa features trails for walking, hiking, bicycling and horseback riding as well as a summer swimming lagoon, a lake for boating and fishing, a campground, picnic areas, the Environmental Discovery Center, and the Lakeside Grill.

Swimming

A spring-fed swimming lagoon is open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Join us again the weekend of September 10-11 when the lagoon re-opens for an end-of-summer splash. The lagoon features a sandy beach, shaded lawns, picnic tables, and barbecues, and is supervised by lifeguards daily. Shallow sections are perfect for young children. Deeper sections are reserved for more-experienced swimmers. Flotation devices are welcome and can be rented at the adjacent Lakeside Grill. Lagoon admission is free. Parking is $7 (Violetti Road entrance.)

Water Park

Don’t put the sunscreen away just yet. Regularly scheduled to close after Labor Day, the Water Park will re-open the weekend of September 10-11 for an end-of-summer hurrah.  Join us each day from 11 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. for what promises to be the perfect end to an awesome summer...’til next year.

New for 2016 is the Water Park at the Spring Lake lagoon. The floating Water Park features slides, bounce islands, bridges, climbing cliffs, trampoline, balance beam and other inflatable play stations for children 6 and older and adults. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. All-day admission is $10 for children, $15 for adults and $45 for a family of four. Please PDF fileread the safety rules and the required waiver (2.42 MB) For more information, please see the Water Park's frequently asked questions.

Boating

The 72-acre lake is open year-round for boating (electric motors only) and paddle sports. The boat ramp can accommodate craft up to 16 feet long (Newanga Avenue entrance.)  Kayaks, paddleboats and canoes rentals are available at the Lakeside Grill (Violetti Road entrance) daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day and on weekends September-October. Hourly rates range from $9 to $21.

Walking/Hiking

With nearly 10 miles of trails, Spring Lake is one of Sonoma County's most popular walking and hiking destinations. The paved Spring Lake Loop forms an easy 2.3-mile circuit around the lake. Unpaved trails such as Fisherman's Trail and Horse Loop intersect with the main path, offering alternative routes around the lake and through the park.

The east side of the park near the Environmental Discovery Center has a network of hillside paths set among oaks and mixed woods. Hikes can be extended by connecting to trails in adjacent Annadel State Park to the east and the city of Santa Rosa's Howarth Park to the west.  

Picnics

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

Fishing

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

Open daily: May through September

Open weekends & holidays: October through April

Open year round: Group campground (by reservation)

Campground Entrance: 5585 Newanga Avenue, Santa Rosa

Accessibility: Individual and group camping areas


Spring Lake has 31 campsites set amid an oak woodland above the lake. Tent, trailer, and RV campers are welcome. 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

New Cabin Camping Available Late Summer 2016

Spring Lake cabinWe are excited to announce a new cabin camping option coming soon to Spring Lake. Regional Parks partnered with Cal Poly Pomona to custom-design three cabin sites that will be available to reserve online later this summer. Depending on its size, a cabin can accommodate 4-6 people and each campsite will accommodate an additional 2 tents for a 12 person maximum occupancy. 

Now through September you will see the cabins being delivered and installed at sites 25, 28 and 30 and we appreciate your patience as we work to make them available for your use. 

PDF fileGet a sneak peek at the cabin sites (23.4 MB)

PDF fileRead the Cabin Guide for rates and more information (124 kB)

Environmental Discovery Center
(707) 539-2865

The Environmental Discovery Center at Spring Lake Regional Park 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.

Staffed by naturalists, the EDC is a popular destination for weekday field trips and weekend activities for families. At the Environmental Discovery Center, kids can:

  • Learn about habitats and watersheds through exhibits that invite them to touch, climb, crawl, and imagine 
  • Explore a tide pool with live sea creatures, meet Shelby the turtle and get up close to taxidermy wildlife 
  • Conduct earth science experiments
  • Hike with a naturalist and learn about local plants and animals

The Environmental Discovery Center was established in partnership with the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation and Sonoma County Water Agency.

Trails Challenge

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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 updated Trails Challenge guidebook. Submit a trails log when you finish all five hikes and get a free Trails Challenge gift!

Option 1: Paved path around lake
Option 2: Paved and unpaved paths 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 in northeast Santa Rosa is one of Sonoma County’s most-visited parks. The lake at the center of this large park is a flood control reservoir open to paddling, sailing and fishing. The park also has a campground, a spring-fed swimming lagoon, seasonal restaurant, and environmental education center open 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 full of wildlife, including deer, river otter, bobcats, turtles, beavers, coyotes, muskrats, mink and a great variety of birds.

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 – Fisherman’s Trail, Pack Trail and Shady Oaks Trail - intertwine with the paved trail and offer less-traveled routes around the lake. These trails are well worth exploring for a more solitary experience.
  • Restrooms and drinking fountains are near the swimming lagoon.

Trail Directions - Option 1

  • 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. A dirt trail splits off to your left. This is Fisherman’s Trail, and you can follow it along the shoreline to the boat ramp parking lot. Or you can stay on the main trail for a short distance to a fork with another paved trail. Stay to your left. (The right fork leads to the city of Santa Rosa’s Howarth Park.) You’ll pass water storage tanks on your right, then weave through the Jack Rabbit Meadow picnic area and down to the boat launch.
  • Follow the paved trail along the shoreline and curve along the south end of the lake beneath South Dam.
  • Continue on the paved trail and arrive back at the swimming lagoon.

Trail Directions - Option 2

  • 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.
  • From here, veer to the right on a short dirt trail that will connect to the base of the West Dam.
  • Hike up the West Dam and turn left.
  • Continue across the dam and cross over the paved trail, passing water storage tanks on your left.
  • Continue on the unpaved trail until you come to the road that goes down to the boat launch. Cross over the road and reconnect with the trail. You’ll be on a rolling, unpaved trail with views of the lake.
  • After about .5 miles you’ll reach the South Dam. Turn left and walk across the dam. Turn left to reconnect with the paved trail back to the lagoon.

Driving Directions

  • From Highway 101 and Highway 12 in Santa Rosa, drive 1.5 miles east 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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