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Parks Order Frequently Asked Questions

What is the health order allowing limited access to Sonoma County parks?

Regulations regarding parks access and outdoor recreation activities are part of a stay home order issued by Sonoma County’s health officer to slow the spread of the Covid-19 virus. You can find the latest health order at SoCoEmergency.org.

How can I access and use the parks?

All parks are open for basic recreation, with physical distancing and face covering guidelines in place. Playgrounds reopen Oct. 17, but drinking fountains and other gathering or high-touch areas remain closed. Check Regional Parks' status list for details about specific park facilities.

Am I required to wear a face covering in a park?

You must carry a face covering, and you must wear the covering when you come within 6 feet of visitors who are not members of your household. This guideline applies all users, whether walking, hiking, jogging, biking, fishing or sunbathing. 

Are Sonoma Coast beaches open? 

Regional Parks' Sonoma Coast beaches are open. Beach picnic and barbecue areas can be used only by an indiviidual or a household group. Note: Doran Regional Park is experiencing a high number of weekend visitors, and the park entrance closes when day-use parking fills. Plan to arrive by mid-morning or in late afternoon for the best chance of finding parking. Have an alternate destination in mind in case the park is closed.

Are Russian River beaches open?

Regional Parks' Russian River beaches are open with the following conditions:

  • River beaches are experiencing high numbers of weekend visitors. Park entrances close when parking areas fill, so plan to arrive by mid-morning for the best chance of securing parking. Neighborhood parking is not advised, and neighborhood parking regulations are strictly enforced.
  • Charter bus access, including drop off/pick up is not allowed.
  • Large gatherings are not allowed.
  • Alcohol is not allowed at Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach, Steelhead Beach, Forestville River Access, Sunset Beach and Guerneville River Park.
  • The summer dam at Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach is not installed.
  • Guerneville River Park is open for walk-in/bike-in access only.

Are Regional Park campgrounds open?

Sonoma County Regional Parks campgrounds are open (with the exception of group campsites). Camping reservations are required. First-come, first-served campsites are not available, and same-day drop-in camping is not allowed. Campsites can be reserved one day to 12 months in advance online or by calling (707) 565-2267 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please see our Covid-19 campground rules and safety guidelines.  

Are park restrooms open? 

Restrooms are open, though some may remain partially closed due to maintenance or social distancing requirements. Some parks might have temporary restrooms and no hand-washing stations. Please carry your own hand sanitizer. 

Are dog parks open?

Dog parks are open. Dog park visitors must follow physical distancing and face covering requirements.

Are sports courts, athletic fields and other shared facilities open?

Tennis courts, disc golf courses, basketball courts, pickleball courts, sports fields and other shared sports facilities can be used by a single individual, members of the same household or organized groups, leagues, camps or childcare providers who comply with social distancing protocols.    

What type of organized outdoor recreation activities, equipment rentals or recreation businesses are allowed?

The health order allows guided recreation outings with 12 or fewer participants, outdoors sports training and skills development, boat rentals, charter fishing excursions and outdoor equipment rentals. Activities cannot involve direct physical contact among participants. (Tournaments, competitions and live audiences are not allowed.) Recreation providers must follow specific guidelines for their businesses or facilities as well as physical distancing, face covering, and hygiene protocols. 

Are social gatherings allowed in parks?

The health order allows up to 12 people from multiple households to visit a park together as long as they maintain physical distance and wear face masks when they cannot. Members of multiple households are not allowed to gather at picnic/barbecue areas. Members of multiple households cannot use sports facilities at the same time unless they are part of a guided recreation program that is complying with health requirements and protocols.

What type of fishing access is allowed?

Fishing is allowed at parks where regularly permitted. Anglers must comply with social distancing and face covering requirements. Recreational fishing groups are limited to members of the same household. Commercial sport fishing operators can serve members of multiple households and must comply with social distancing, face covering and hygiene requirements.    

Are Class 1 trails open to cyclists?

Class 1 multi-use trails like the Joe Rodota, Santa Rosa Creek and West County trails (paved paths separated from roads) are open to cyclists as well as pedestrians. 

Are park trails open to equestrians? 

Equestrian access is allowed, and equestrian parking areas are open.

Are parking fees required?

Sonoma County Regional Parks is charging its regular parking fees. To make up for the parks closures during the health emergency, Regional Parks memberships purchased before June 2020 are valid for an additional two months beyond their stated expiration.