Tolay Lake Regional Park

5869 Cannon Lane, Petaluma
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Equestrian Trails
  • Fishing
  • Hiking & Walking Trails
  • Picnic Area

Tolay Lake Regional Park is located about 8 miles southeast of downtown Petaluma, bordered by hills between the Petaluma River and Sonoma.

The park is now open daily, after having been open weekends only while the park master plan was developed. Visitor permits are no longer required.

At 3,400 acres, Tolay Lake is the largest of Sonoma County's regional parks. It is named for the seasonal lake that forms in the valley between its hillsides. The park includes Tolay Creek, extensive grasslands, and open ridges with views of San Pablo Bay, the San Francisco skyline and Bay Area peaks. 

The park offers trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding and is the site of the annual Tolay Fall Festival each October.

Note: Tolay Lake is a seasonal body of water that forms only after rains and is not a recreational lake.

Trails

Tolay Lake Regional Park offers more than 11 miles of trails across mostly open grasslands. With the park's permanent opening, visitors have new access to its southern acreage via an extension of the West Ridge Trail. 

Cultural and Natural History

The park is known for its significant Native American and ranching histories. It also provides habitat for a variety of wildlife, especially golden eagles, burrowing owls and other birds of prey.

  • When: September 29, 2019 from 8:30 AM 4:30 PM

    North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park & Jack London State Historic Park
    Enjoy a supported one-way 9-mile hike across the Bay Area Ridge Trail connecting North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park to Jack London State Historic Park in Glen Ellen. Participants can opt to hike (Sept. 29) or camp (Sept. 28-29) as well.

  • When: October 12, 2019 from 11:00 AM 5:00 PM

    Tolay Lake Regional Park
    The 2019 Tolay Fall Festival offers two weekends of outdoor family fun at Tolay Lake Regional Park on Oct. 12-13 and Oct. 19-20. 

  • When: October 13, 2019 from 11:00 AM 5:00 PM

    Tolay Lake Regional Park
    The 2019 Tolay Fall Festival offers two weekends of outdoor family fun at Tolay Lake Regional Park on Oct. 12-13 and Oct. 19-20. 

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Park Information

Address

Tolay Lake Regional Park

5869 Cannon Lane

Petaluma, CA 94954
38.20542556, -122.5214575

Parking
$7 or free for members

Hours

The park is now open daily. Hours are 7 a.m. to sunset.

Dogs
Allowed on leash

Park Map