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Lifeguarded Beaches

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 Swimming Lagoon

Spring Lake's swimming lagoon is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. The lagoon is a family friendly swim spot with an inflatable playground and areas for free swim and lap swimming. Lagoon admission is free. Inflatable playground admission is $10 per person (children 6 and older and adults) or $60 for a season pass. Parking is $7 or free with a Regional Parks membership.

Water Quality at Spring Lake Swimming Lagoon

Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach

Memorial Beach is open for lifeguarded swimming on the Russian River from July through Labor Day. A temporary dam creates a calm, wide swimming area just south of the historic, steel-truss Memorial Bridge. Swim zones are clearly marked and watched by lifeguards daily. Admission is free. Parking is $7 or free with a Regional Parks membership. The long, sandy beach is a short drive to downtown Healdsburg's restaurants and shops.

Russian River Beaches

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.

Russian River Patrol visit Regional Parks' river beaches each weekend during the summer, fitting visitors with free loaner life vests for the day and sharing safety information with swimmers and parents.

Water Quality at Russian River Beaches

Sonoma Coast Beaches

Regional Park beaches along the Sonoma Coast are not patrolled by lifeguards, and with the exception of Doran Beach, swimming or wading in the ocean is not advised because of powerful waves and currents. 

The Vamos a Nadar/Let's Go Swimming program provides summer swim lessons to children and water-safety training for parents in Spanish and English. 

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Playing it Safe on the Russian River

Girl wearing life vest at Steelhead Beach

Keep you, your family, and friends safe with these tips.

 

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