Set along the beautiful Sonoma County coastline, the Russian River is home to spectacular parks, wineries and charming towns. The river's mouth is also the gateway to public coastline which runs 10 miles south to Bodega Bay. The Russian River Resort Area is the most popular recreation spot on the lower river. From the coast or northeast towards the wine region, you'll discover rousing river fun and hilly wooded g[eography for exploration.
The Russian River is a paradise for swimming, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, bird watching, sunbathing, camping and photography. Parks along the Russian River - Steelhead Beach, Sonoma Coast State Beach, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, West County Trail, Austin Creek State Recreational Area and the Forestville River access - offer picturesque picnic and camping sites, hiking, seal and whale watching, and tidepooling.
Located just 3 miles from the Russian River and 15 miles from beautiful Lake Sonoma, the Holiday Inn Express - Windsor features stylish wine county accommodations, impeccable services, high-speed internet, a hot tub and heated pool, and exciting Sonoma County vacation packages for ultimate Northern California escapes.
Visit the wide, sandy Goat Rock Beaches at the mouth of the Russian River, which extend out on a peninsula between the river and the ocean. Watch waves crash against the seastacks, collect driftwood at the mouth of the Russian River, and feel the intensity of the Russian River meeting the sea.
Picnic on grassy bluffs overlooking Goat Rock beaches, and watch harbor seals at the river's mouth. Fishing is popular for salmon and steelhead in winter near the mouth of the river, and rockfish are plentiful in the summer surf. Enjoy camping and sunbathing at Wright's Beach, south of Goat Rock.
Nestled in the magnificent oastal foothills of Sonoma County, California, Lake Sonoma is surrounded by world-famous vineyards and historic land. Created by Warm Springs Dam, the lake's 2,700 acres and 50 miles of shoreline are the perfect setting for recreational activities, like hiking, swimming, riding, boating, camping, fishing, or hunting. Boat launching areas are located at the Public Boat Ramp and at Yorty Creek Recreation Area.
The Lake Sonoma Marina offers a boat ramp, a marina, boat slips, and rentals. Enjoy the best bass and game fishing in California, including Sacramento perch, channel catfish, sunfish and bluegill. Explore 40 miles of hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails that traverse redwood groves and oak woodlands that surround Lake Sonoma. Find maps of Lake Sonoma boating, camping and hiking trails at www.spn.usace.army.mil/lakesonoma/.
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