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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 11 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...More

5  Thank Promenades C
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 30 April 2013

Lake Sonoma is one of the best places to escape the valley heat in the summer. You could go to the Russian River, but it gets so low and warm that it's not very refreshing. The lake is deeper and narrow and maintains its coolness....More

2  Thank Soggiorno
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Reviewed 4 October 2018

A short drive outside of downtown Healdsburg, my favorite spot in Sonoma and you find this stunning, expansive lake to enjoy any water sport.

Thank Healthy94920
Reviewed 7 August 2018

Was at Lake Sonoma for the start of the Ironman 70.3 Santa Rosa but didn't have the swim due to fog. however swam there the day before and it was delightful. Great biking country too and a great start for the bike section of the...More

Thank Hilary W
Reviewed 20 June 2018

A gorgeous spot in the mountainous reaches of central California. The drive is exhilarating and a bit scary at times, but well worth the adventure.

Thank davsprt714
Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

Moving to Geyserville in 2015, the family and I were very excited to have such a beautiful lake so close by. Last summer we bit the bullet and purchased a lake boat! It wasn’t hard to convince us cosidering we live a measly 8 minutes...More

Thank MikeandMeliss
Reviewed 5 April 2018

Lake Sonoma is a beautiful area surrounded by lush mountains. There are a number of picnic sites that are large enough to accommodate groups such as reunions and sufficient parking close-by. A wonderful place to relax.

Thank FreitasRJ
Reviewed 5 March 2018

First. Fish. Steel head, big bass (small mouth and large mouth) HUGE crappie and bluegill .. have caught 30 pound catfish in there. Now .. Don't want to fish? Bring the kids and family to the rec area below the dam. Also visit the hatchery....More

2  Thank Richard G
Reviewed 10 February 2018

If you're in the Healdsburg to Cloverdale area, take the time to drive up to the Lake Sonoma Overlook. It's just a short ride up Dry Creek Road from Sbragia or Ferrari Carano wineries. Just follow the road signs. The pictures hardly do this site...More

1  Thank Michael H
Reviewed 25 January 2018

Great place to hike with views of the surrounding area and lake. Occasional picnic tables allow for a relaxed lunch.

1  Thank 2xcskiers
Reviewed 29 November 2017

Collect wines in the morning and picnic in the afternoon. Plenty of wineries nearby. But the lake is fine place to hike and hang out.

1  Thank Cavydad
Reviewed 14 November 2017

What a surprise. I had no idea that there was a lake like this close to Healdsburg. We went there (Healdsburg) for our first time to visit family who had just moved there. They took us on a winery tour and stopped by the lake...More

Thank dennis241
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11 July 2017|
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Response from Mugszi | Reviewed this property |
It would not hurt but do not forget sun screen.
13 August 2016|
Response from newtoCR | Reviewed this property |
Lake Sonoma is about 15 minutes west of Healdsburg. Travel west on Dry Creek road, keep going until you get to the lake, can't miss it. Have fun!
10 August 2016|
Response from Leeleggs | Reviewed this property |
We did not have a dog. However we did see a small sailing boat with two dogs on it.