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Parks COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions 

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

Regulations regarding parks access and outdoor recreation activities during the pandemic are guided by Sonoma County’s health officer and the state's Blueprint for a Safer Economy. You can find the latest health information at SoCoEmergency.org and by checking the county's status at covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy.

Is Regional Parks Main Office open?

Regional Parks Main Office is now open for in-person service 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Visitors are required to follow safety protocols including mandatory face coverings and social distancing. Phone and curbside service is also available weekdays by calling (707) 565-2041 between the hours of 8 a.m.-5 p.m. If you prefer email, please send your message to parks@sonoma-county.org.

How can I access and use the parks?

All parks are open, with physical distancing and face covering guidelines in place. Group facilities, drinking fountains and some gathering 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 to all visitors, whether walking, hiking, jogging, biking, fishing or sunbathing. Face coverings must be worn in park restrooms and when speaking with parks staff. 

Are campgrounds open?

Sonoma County Regional Parks campgrounds are open with social distancing and hygiene protocols in place. Cabin reservations can be made online of by phone for weekends between April 30 and Dec. 26 (one household per cabin with a 2-night minimum).

Are Sonoma Coast beaches open? 

Regional Parks' Sonoma Coast beaches are open. Note:  Doran Regional Park in Bodega Bay is busy on weekends and holidays, 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 entrance is closed. Follow @SonomaParks on Twitter for updates on lot closures.

Is the Spring Lake swimming lagoon open?

The Spring Lake lagoon will open for swimming on 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. 

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 wear a face covering in restrooms and carry your own hand sanitizer. 

Are playgrounds open?

Playgrounds are open with the following requirements:

  • Face masks over the mouth and nose are required for everyone 2 or older. Caregiver supervision is required at all times to ensure face mask use.
  • Do not use the playground when different households are unable to maintain a physical distance of 6 feet.
  • Consider coming on different times or days to avoid wait times and potential crowded times.
  • No eating or drinking in playgrounds, to ensure face masks are worn at all times.
  • Wash or sanitize hands before and after using the playground.
  • Elderly and persons with underlying medical conditions should avoid playground when others are present.
  • Limit visit to 30 minutes per day when others are present.

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 small groups comprised of no more than three households. Organized recreation leagues, camps or childcare providers can seek special use permits to use Regional Parks' sports facilities. Face coverings must be worn if you cannot stay 6 feet from members of another household at a shared facility. See the state's guidance on recreational sports for more information.

What type of organized outdoor recreation activities, equipment rentals or recreation businesses are allowed in the Regional Parks?

Organized recreation providers must apply for a Regional Parks' special use permit  and must follow specific safety guidelines for their businesses or facilities and must comply with specific health guidelines. See the state's outdoor recreation industry guidance and the state's guidance on recreational sports. For more information about special use permits, call Regional Parks at (707) 565-2041 or email parks@sonoma-county.org.

Are social gatherings allowed in parks?

Small gatherings comprised of no more than 24 guests from three households are allowed in parks. Face coverings must be worn if you cannot stay 6 feet from a member of another household. Multiple gatherings of three households cannot be jointly organized or coordinated to occur in the same park at the same time. See the state's guidance for outdoor gatherings for more information.

Are Russian River beaches open?

Russian River beaches are open. Alcohol is not allowed at Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach, Steelhead Beach, Forestville River Access, Sunset Beach and Guerneville River Park during the summer. Guerneville River Park is open for walk-in/bike-in access only. 

What type of fishing access is allowed?

Fishing is allowed at parks where regularly permitted. Anglers must comply with physical distancing and face covering guidelines.  

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.