Rincon Valley’s Spring Lake

Rincon Valley has one of the BEST parks in Santa Rosa!  If you are trying to decide what part of Santa Rosa to move to, this article will give you one more reason to want to live in Rincon Valley.  

Spring Lake is a 320 acre county regional park located in eastern Santa Rosa between Summerfield Rd. and Montgomery Drive.  Spring Lake was originally built in 1961 as part of global flood control program for Rincon Valley, Bennett Valley, and downtown Santa Rosa.  In 1974 Spring Lake was further developed into what is now one of Sonoma County’s most used parks.

Spring Lake really is your “one stop” park.  You can find almost any park activity you want here.  

Spring Lake

72 acre Spring Lake

Spring Lake: is the parks biggest attraction.  The 72 acre lake which (except during extreme drought) is usually full year round is a great place to boat, fish, kayak, paddle board, and bird watch.  There is a 2.3 mile paved trail that circles that lake, great for walking, biking, and jogging.   The trail is wheel chair accessible.  Boats are available to rent at the lake.  No swimming or gas-powered engines are allowed in/on the lake. 

Boating: Sailing, kayak, stand up paddle board, and small boats with electric motors may use the lake.  A boat ramp can be accessed off the Newanga entrance at a cost of $4 per boat.  Kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, and peddle boats can be rented during the summer months near the Violetti entrance.  No swimming is allowed in the lake.

Spring Lake boat rental

Boats available for rent

Fishing:  Big mouth bass, Sunfish, Catfish, and other fish can be caught in the lake.  Fishing poles can be rented from the concessionaire off Violetti Rd.  Fishing license is required.

Fishing on Spring Lake

The Lagoon:  The swimming lagoon is a 3 acre spring fed swimming area adjacent to Spring Lake.  The swimming lagoon is open to the public Memorial Day thru Labor Day.  It is surrounded by sandy beach with lots of manicured lawn and mature trees to sit under on a hot day.   Picnic tables and some barbecue pits are available for use.  It’s the perfect place to escape hot summer days.  The lagoon is lifeguard protected.  Recently an inflatable playground was added to one end of the lagoon where kids can play for an additional fee.  Inner tubes can be rented at the concessionaire stand.

Spring Lake swimming lagoon

Inflatable floating playground at the Spring Lake swimming lagoon

Picnicing & barbeque:  There are 200 picnic tables throughout Spring Lake including 5 group sites that are wheelchair accessible. Some sites have barbeque’s

Group picnic area at Spring Lake

Group picnic area with BBQ

The Otter Cafe:  Serves affordable lunch and dinner items, along with snacks and beer & wine.  There is an outdoor seating area with lounge chairs and tables where patrons of the cafe can sit and look over the lagoon. 

Camping: Spring Lake offers camping with 31 sites that can be reserved.  RV’s, trailers, and tent camping is popular.  There are 3 cabins that have recently been added and a site for group camping that can accommodate up to 75 people.  Camping is accessible from the Newanga entrance.  Camping is daily Memorial Day – Labor Day, and weekends and holidays only during the rest of the year. 

Camping at Spring Lake

Spring Lake campground

Hiking/walking/jogging/biking: There are 10 miles of hiking and biking trails around Spring Lake.  There is one main 2.3 mile paved trail that circles the lake.  

Spring Lake Trail

Paved 2.3 mile trail circles the lake

Environmental Discovery Center: The Environmental Discovery Center is a hands on interactive science museum designed for elementary school aged children.  Open Wed – Sun, 12 to 5pm.  Access the Discovery Center from the Violetti entrance.

Summer Camp: Spring Lake is host to many kid’s summer camps through both the city of Santa Rosa, and Sonoma County Parks.  Visit their websites to see what is available.  


Kids attend Lifeguard Camp at Spring Lake

Other Events: Sonoma County Parks hold other events at Spring Lake such as:

  • Water Bark
  • REI equipment boat trials
  • Fishing lessons
  • Intro to SUP
  • Science Saturdays
  • Paddle Board Yoga
  • Event Calendar


Where: Spring Lake

  • South entance 5585 Newanga Ave Santa Rosa (camping, boat ramp, Horse trailers)
  • North entrance 393 Violetti Road Santa Rosa


  • Park is open year round 7am – sunset
  • Swimming lagoon & Otter Cafe Memorial Day – Labor Day


  • $7 per car
  • $4 per boat
  • Both are free with park membership.
  • Park Membership: $69

Dogs: yes with some restrictions see park web page for more info

Ranger: 707.539.8092

More info:  Spring Lake

I love living in Rincon Valley! I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community. Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
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