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 Memorial Bridge. Swim zones are clearly marked and watched by lifeguards. Admission is free. Parking is $7 or free with a Regional Parks membership.

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 please exercise 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.

Regional Parks' Russian River Safety Patrol visits 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

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