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“Did you say "Dog Park ?"”
Review of Lake Sonoma

Lake Sonoma
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Reviewed 10 May 2014

Lake Sonoma is more than a lake --- there is a huge grassy area, picnicing is around in various places, a marina, and biking trails around it (Mtn Bikes)... and my favorite addition is the dog park. It is about 11 miles from the center of town. If you have a dog, it is nice to drive out on Dry Creek Rd, enjoy the scenery - and when you arrive at the left turn entry, follow the signs towards the right side of the entry. The dog park has water and some tubes for dogs to jump on or go through. A few tables and chairs and 2 swimming (plastic) pools were recently added. It's the largest dog park in Healdsburg, and it is grass. Yes, there are bees. Be careful. Don't bring food into the park especially if other dogs are around. Park on the gravel. It has a double gate entry for safety. Lake: Nice !! Too bad this was not a rainy year as the water level is lower than usual. I only know about the biking trails from a friend, he says there is one to take you around the lake, and it is a fairly long trek. Ups and downs. Ask at the visitor center for more information. Also, don't forget about the fish ponds and watch were they have holding tanks - a nice break in the day, free of charge, and there is a good sized topography-designed model to look at the lake and surrounding area.

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Reviewed 26 April 2014

We drove up for the view of the lake. There is a viewing platform at the top of the drive, and it was pretty, but I don't think I would go out of my way for it. We thought there would be some hiking, but did not find anything of note.

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Reviewed 3 April 2014

This large park is a short (and gorgeous) drive from Healdsburg via Dry Creek Valley. The park itself is well maintained with a visitor center, hiking trails, boat ramps, picnic area, etc.
We really enjoyed sightseeing in the park, especially at the higher elevations. This really gave us a chance to experience the Northern California environment.
After touring around we had lunch and relaxed in one of the picnic areas. I noticed that some of the restrooms were "closed due to lack of funds". This is a shame but was the only thing we noticed to suggest that the park was not lovingly maintained.
Do not spend all of your time in Healdsburg in wineries and wine tasting rooms. Get out and enjoy the beautiful nature that this area has to offer!

Thank NorthVanDMo
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Reviewed 25 March 2014

We went hiking here and had the opportunity to watch the steelhead salmon return to their birthplace to spawn. The Army Corps of Engineers build an artificial salmon run since the dam they also built had eliminated the natural streams and waterfalls. Thank goodness. We happened to be there (mid-March) when these salmon were returning and to watch them swimming against the tide, jumping over successive waterfalls, was a rare privilege. There were signs posted indicating they were at the end of a long journey and were stressed and exhausted. You could see it. After jumping a waterfall, they would just float, for hours, until they could attempt the next one. Nature and evolution sure are amazing. The hiking was lovely, too, until we inadvertently came upon an archery range (which we did not see on the map). Also, note that the visitors center is now run by volunteers due to budget cuts, so we left a hefty donation and suggest others do, too.

Thank Sonar11
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Reviewed 1 February 2014

Lake Sonoma is a federal water reclamation project--read damn and impoundment--and it provides boating, fishing and hiking opportunities in a county that is amazingly lacking in open spaces, unlike its more fortunate neighboring county of Marin. So, if you are tired of guzzling wine at the tasting rooms and long for a little nature, head out to the lake and enjoy the views and the quiet. It's pretty much the best Sonoma has to offer other than the coast for getting outside on public land.

Thank FlyingHome
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