Swimming

The Spring Lake lagoon opens for swimming July 1. The lagoon’s inflatable water park will not be installed this year.

Lifeguarded Beaches

Spring Lake Swimming Lagoon

Spring Lake features a lagoon for recreational swimming during the summer. Swimming hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily beginning July 1. Admission is free. The lagoon is filtered, chlorinated and tested regularly to ensure it exceeds water-quality standards. The lagoon features a sandy beach, lawns shaded by redwoods and picnic sites. Life vests are available for free loan at the boat rental office next to the lagoon. 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. A summer dam will not be installed in 2021. Lifeguards are on duty intermittently during 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 pandemic, 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. 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. Check our activities calendar for 2021 program dates.

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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.