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

Launch Fee: $4 for trailered boats

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

North Entrance: Swimming lagoon/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, and bicycling as well as a summer swimming lagoon, a lake for boating and fishing, a campground, picnic areas, and the Environmental Discovery Center.


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 is an easy 2.3-mile circuit around the lake. 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.  


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


A spring-fed swimming lagoon is open daily Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. The lagoon features areas for free swimming and lap swimming and an inflatable, floating playground for children 6 and older and adults. Lagoon admission is free. Admission to the inflatable playground is $10 per person or $60 for a season pass. The lagoon also features shaded lawns, picnic tables, barbecues, and tube rentals. 


The 72-acre lake is open year-round for boating (electric motors only) and paddle sports. The boat ramp is accessed from the Newanga Avenue entrance. Kayaks, paddleboards, and pedal boat rentals are available from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day near the swimming lagoon, accessed from the Violetti Road entrance.


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 Summer 2017

Spring Lake cabinWe are excited to announce new camping cabins available soon at Spring Lake. Regional Parks partnered with Cal Poly Pomona to design three cabins available for reservation in summer 2017. Cabins can accommodate 4-6 people and each cabin site may accommodate an additional 1-2 tents for an 8-person maximum occupancy. We appreciate your patience as we prepare the cabins for opening. 

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

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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. The Discovery Center is located just inside the park's Violetti Road entrance.

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

Spring Lake Regional Park
393 Violetti Road, Santa RosaPDF fileView larger image of Spring Lake Park Trails Challenge Map

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
Loop length:  2.3 miles
Degree of difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 54 feet

OPTION 2: Paved and unpaved paths around lake
Loop length:  2.57 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 (Option 1) 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 ADA accessible. The elevation is mostly flat, with a brief incline to the main dam.
  • Unpaved trails such as Fisherman’s Trail and the Horse Loop 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 (North Dam.
  • Walk northwest across the dam.
  • Descend the trail and pass the north end of the lake.
  • Curve south through oak groves. A dirt trail splits off to your left. This is Fisherman’s Trail. Follow it along the shoreline to the boat ramp parking lot. This unpaved segment provides a unique perspective on the lake and is lined with juicy blackberries in late summer.
  • At the boat launch, pick up the paved trail and curve along the south end of the lake beneath South Dam.
  • Continue on the paved trail, zagging south just before the Braille Bridge, and follow the paved trail 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 (North Dam.) Walk northwest across the dam.
  • Descend the trail and pass the north end of the lake.
  • From here, go to the right on a short dirt trail that will connect to the base of the West Dam. Continue on the dirt trail (Horse Loop) and hike up the West Dam and turn left to walk across the dam.
  • Cross over the paved trail, passing water storage tanks on your left.
  • Continue on the unpaved trail (Horse Loop) until you come to the road that goes down to the boat launch. Cross the road and reconnect with the dirt trail (Horse Loop). This segment features rolling terrain, with views of the lake below you and campsites above you.
  • After about .5 miles you’ll reach 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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