Swimming

The Spring Lake lagoon opens for swimming July 1 and will stay open into September. The lagoon’s inflatable water park will not be installed this year, but we look forward to bringing it back next summer. 

Lifeguarded Beaches

Spring Lake Swimming Lagoon

Spring Lake features a summer swimming lagoon that includes a floating water park and areas for recreational swimming. Swimming hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Admission is free. Floats and life vest rentals are available. The lagoon is filtered, chlorinated and tested regularly to ensure it exceeds water-quality standards. The lagoon also features a sandy beach, lawns shaded by redwoods, picnic sites and a seasonal cafe. Parking is $7 or free with a Regional Parks membership

Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach

Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach provides access to the Russian River for wading, swimming, boating,  sunbathing and fishing. Lifeguards are on duty intermittently in the summer. Alcohol is not allowed. Beach admission is free. Parking is $7 or free with a Regional Parks membership

Russian River Beaches

Steelhead Beach, Forestville River Access, Sunset Beach and other Regional Park beaches provide access to the Russian River for fishing, swimming, boating, water sports and sunbathing. Lifeguards patrol river parks intermittently in the summer. Please use extreme caution if you enter the water. Wear a life vest and follow rules on posted signs. Know your abilities. Swim with a companion, and be aware of hazardous conditions, such as drop offs and currents.

Alcohol is not allowed on beaches. During the coronavirus emergency, large gatherings and charter bus access, including passenger drop off and pick up, are not allowed. Street parking regulations in river communities are strictly enforced. 

Please visit our Covid-19 Parks Status Updates page for more information.

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. Due to the coronavirus emergency, the Vamos a Nadar program is on hold. 

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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.