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About Lake Sonoma
Set amongst the winelands of Sonoma County, Lake Sonoma Recreation Area features a postcard-worthy lake view open year-round to visitors. Recreational opportunities include camping, hiking, biking, boating, fishing, water sports and wildlife viewing that includes the peregrine falcon, one of the nation’s most endangered species.
The Congressman Don Clausen Fish Hatchery is located just behind the Visitor Center where visitors can peep operations of the hatchery and see displays that describe the life cycles of coho salmon, steelhead and chinook. From spring to early summer, wildflowers including Iris, Wild Onion and Indian Pink spread over the land like butter plays toast.
Campgrounds in Lake Sonoma
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This lake is open to all boating and jet skiing. There are boat rentals, a full-service marina, four boat launches, a snack bar and small store, fishing, windsurfing, swimming, hiking & horseback riding trails. There is a small fee (<20$) to launch your boat!
It can be hot so plan to bring something to do some shade: blankets/strings or parasol because there are no trees on the left side of Madrone point (MP01, MP02, MP03). Right side have some though.
Some Raccoons joined us in the evening/night: hang your food.
We rented 2 canoes at the Marina ($10/day/car to park) but you can also access madrone point by hiking.
If you have a boat (I recommend), explore Warm Springs Creek, that's awesome! The hikes are really nice too.
The water was warm, even in the morning.
I've camped here several times before. The walk-in campsites are a-ok. I mean they are great!!! But some of them don't have shade, so if you are there in 100 degrees weather, don't hang around the campsite during the day. Go swim in the lake or sail or somethi
Camped 2 nights at Homestead via kayak, highly recommend! Rented kayaks from 101 Surf Sports in Marin (cheaper than Marina) and launched from Yorty. Thumb and Rustlers are closest campsites, but more exposed to sun. Homestead is great but a 30-45 min kayak.
Camped here with a group of 30 people, it was great, just make sure to bring bug spray and a wasp trap if you're going in the summer. There's a beach-access area about 30 min away, but it's fresh water along Dry Creek Road. Our group campsite had covered picnic areas, close bathroom/shower access and parking.
My girlfriend and I had a great time on Memorial Day Weekend. The campground was packed, but we were lucky enough to find one of the view secluded campsites. Site 60 which is on a slope and can only take one tent. Not many sites have shade so expect to be in the sun a lot. We did not have any yellow Jackets this time in early summer. Prepare for lots of them in late summer. Unfortunately there was a water problem on our loop. Toilets were porta potty and water spigots were far away. Make sure to check if this issue is solved if this is an important to you. The camp hosts were really friendly. We will be back.
History of Lake Sonoma
Warm Springs Dam, which forms Lake Sonoma, was built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Completed in 1983, the compacted, earth fill dam serves as a deterrent to disastrous floods, stores water for irrigation and municipalities, and creates a lake for recreation.