Photo of Lake Sonoma, California

Lake Sonoma Boating

Lake Sonoma's winding arms provide great places to explore, water ski, and camp.

Lake Sonoma's warm summer water make it a popular playground for all kinds of water sports. Waterskiers and wakeboarders enjoy smooth morning water. Paddleboarders explore the shoreline. Anglers head out in fishing boats and patio boats for a relaxing day on the water. Personal watercraft are welcome on the lake.

Current Lake Sonoma Water Level

Lake Sonoma Parking Fee: $3
Public Boat Launch Ramps: Free
Marina Parking Fee: $10
Marina Boat Launch Fee: $15

Lake Sonoma Resort

Marina Drive off Stewart Point - Skaggs Springs Road, Lake Sonoma, CA
Website: Lake Sonoma Resort
Hours: Summer 8 AM to 8 PM, winter 9 AM to 5 PM


For unknown reasons, most boat rental fees this year (2017) have gone up from 10% to 78%.

Lake Sonoma Resort Boat Rentals - 2017
Boat Seats Hour 4 Hrs. 8 Hrs. 24 Hrs.
Fuel is extra. $200 deposit for all rentals.
Double Decker Patio Boat 12 $110 $400 $750 $900
Single Story Patio Boat 12 $100 $360 $670 $820
10 Person Patio Boat 10 $80 $280 $590 $740
5 Person Patio Boat 5 $70 $240 $550 $700
Premium Ski Boat 8 $155 $580 $1110 NA
Malibu Ski Boat 7 $100 $360 $670 $820
Toyota Epic with Tower 7 $110 $400 $750 $900
SeaRay Open Bow 7 $90 $320 $590 $740
Logic Fishing Boat 3 $65 $220 $490 $640
Aluminum Fishing Boat 3 $45 $140 $200 $350
Single Kayak, Stand-up Paddleboard 1 $30 $80 $140 $180
Tandem Kayak, Canoe 2/3 $35 $100 $160 $200
Wave Runner Jet Ski 1 $100 NA NA NA

Also rentals of water skis, knee boards, wake boards, and tubes. Tow or shuttle service $85 per hour + fuel.

Public Launch Ramps

Warm Springs Bridge Ramp

Public launch ramp with 5 lanes and adjacent parking lots. $3 fee

Yorty Creek Recreation Area

Car-top launch only. Overnight parking at Yorty Creek requires a parking permit from the Visitor Center. No dogs or glass containers are allowed on the swim beach at Yorty Creek. $3 fee.


Boating & Swimming Regulations

Boat-In Campsites

Primitive boat-in campsites are located in clusters around the lakes' shoreline. The campsites may be used by boaters, hikers, or equestrians, but most are occupied by boaters.

Campsite Features

Campers with reservations no longer must check in at the visitor center before going to your campsite. Be sure to write your reservation number and place it on the dashboard of your vehicle to avoid being charged a $3 entrance fee.

Campers using the Yorty Creek Recreation Area must obtain a visitor pass and security combination from the Visitor Center.

Many campsites are situation close to the lake, while others are farther up from shore. Two of the sites - Island View and Broken Bridge are group sites.

Find complete campground information on our CAMPING page.

There is a 2-day minimum stay for all boat-in and hike-in sites on weekends only during the peak season. There is a 3-day minimum stay for all boat-in and hike-in sites on holiday weekends only. Note: Due to low water levels, some campgrounds may be closed. Check the reservations link below for up-to-date information.

Reservations: (877) 444-6777 or - Lake Sonoma Boat-in Sites

Fees: $20 per night for individual campsites.


Marine Services

Central Marine
91 Bailhache Ave
Healdsburg, CA
(707) 433-1201

Ace Marine
1221 Petaluma Blvd. N. Ste. C
Petaluma, CA
(707) 782-0425
Website: Ace Marine

Henry's Marine & More
5425 Gravenstein Hwy N
Sebastopol, CA
(707) 887-7709
Website: Henry's Marine & More

Boat Doctor
329 Bucks Road
Santa Rosa, CA
(707) 584-5510

Santa Rosa Boat Center
4185 Santa Rosa Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA
(707) 586-7900

West Marine
2885 Santa Rosa Ave. Ste. C
Santa Rosa, CA

Sailboats, Kayaks, Canoes

Wind Toys Water Sports Center
3019 Santa Rosa Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA
(707) 542-7245
Kayaks, Hobie sailboats, Catalinas, used sailboats
Website: Wind Toys Water Sports Center

REI Santa Rosa
2715 Santa Rosa Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA
(707) 540-9025
Kayaks, canoes, accessories
Website: REI Santa Rosa


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