Sonoma County, Northern California

Lake Sonoma Camping

Lake Sonoma Picnic Areas

Warm Springs
Recreation Area

At the base of the dam the Warm Springs Recreation Area has a number of picnic sites, some which may be rented for group events and other family sites. There are two sand volleyball courts, a playground, and a large lawn area. Nearby are the Visitor Center and the Fish Hatchery.

Yorty Creek Recreation Area

Yorty Creek is a favorite with swimmers and waders, along with anglers who like to fish from the bank, and - of course - picnickers. There are free sheltered picnic areas and chemical toilets. The launch ramp is for car-top boats only since trailers are not allowed on the access road. Dogs are allowed in their own section of the swim beach.

Lake Sonoma Hiking Trails

The trails around Lake Sonoma are usually open to horseback riders, mountain bikers, and hikers. During wet seasons some trails may be closed to bikes and horses.

The South Lake Trail traverses the hillside along the south shore of the Warm Springs Arm.

The Rancheria Trail leads from the Liberty Glen/Madrone Point area up the Warm Springs Arm's north shore.
Lake Sonoma Trails

Rockpile Road Trailheads

Rockpile Road's Lone Rock, No Name, Grey Pine, and Little Flat are all popular trailheads west of the bridge. Among the most popular hikes in this area is the 2.1-mile scenic jaunt from Lone Rock to Little Flat. Another favorite is

Rockpile Road Area Hiking Trails


Camping at Lake Sonoma

Lake Sonoma has one traditional, drive-in campground (Liberty Glen Campground) along with a large number of primitive campgrounds intended as boat-in, hike-in, or equestrian sites. Some sites located away from the shoreline are designated for hike-in or equestrian sites, but the majority are open to all modes of access. Located close to the water's edge, they most often are used by boaters.

Lake Sonoma Campgrounds

Liberty Glen Campground

Location: Madrone Point Road off Rockpile Road
Campsite Amenities: Picnic table, fire ring, lantern holder
Campground Facilities: 97 campsites for RVs or tents, group area, camping cabin that sleeps 6, restrooms, showers, potable water, firewood available for sale, amphitheater with campfire programs on summer weekends
Reservations Required: - Liberty Glen Campground
Nearby Features: Hiking trails
Notes: "Beginning Monday, June 2, 2014 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will operate Liberty Glen drive-in campground at Lake Sonoma on a “reservations only” basis. All reservations must be made at least three days in advance thru the website or over the telephone by calling 1-877-444-6777. For security reasons, the campground gates will remain locked with the combination only being issued to registered campers through the reservation service. Park attendants will staff the campground allowing visitors to examine the facilities as staffing allows."
Fees: family campsites $25, group equestrian $50, group sites $100, camping cabin $75 (no cash or checks)

Boat-in and Hike-in Campgrounds

Lake Sonoma Primitive Campsites

109 primitive campsites are located in clusters around the lakes' shoreline. Access is by trail or boat only. Restrooms are chemical toilets. Potable water is not available. Each campsite has a fire ring, picnic table, and lantern holder. 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.

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.

Falcons Nest Campground

Location: Dry Creek Arm
Number of Campsites: 7
Campground : All campsites are within 150 feet of the shore and have some shade. Sites 5 and 7 are close together, as are sites 3 and 4. View Pritchett Peaks from the campground. Close to water skiing zone.



Location: Dry Creek Arm
Number of Campsites: 8
Campground : Densely wooded campground with a steep shoreline. Excellent shade. Located along a No Ski zone. Popular with anglers.

Loggers Campground

Location: Dry Creek Arm
Number of Campsites: 10
Campground : All sites within 150 feet of shore. Sites 1, 2, 5, and 10 are closest to the water. Site 6 is situated on a peninsula. Sites 3 and 4 have shade and privacy. Site 7 has full sun. Some sites in the meadow with wide views.

Rustlers Campground

Location: Dry Creek Arm near Yorty Creek
Number of Campsites: 8
Campground : Sites are on a steep hillside, close to Yorty Creek Recreation Area. Sites 1 and 2 are close together, while sites 4 and 5 have steep shorelines and partial shade. Popular with canoeists and kayakers since it is in a no-wake zone.

Skunk Campground

Location: Dry Creek Arm near Yorty Creek
Number of Campsites: 12
Campground : Sunny sites located adjacent to a No Wake zone in a secluded part of the lake. Sites 1- 4 are near the lake. Sites 1 - 5 have partial shade while the others are in full sun. A shallow slope at the lake's edge make it good for swimming and wading.

Thumb Campground

Location: Dry Creek Arm near Yorty Creek
Number of Campsites: 10
Campground : Thumb Campground is blessed with a gentle slope and beach along with plenty of shade. The campground is along a No Wake zone. Sites 4 and 5 are close together, while sites 7-10 are about 100 feet from shore. A favorite with anglers, canoeists, and kayakers.


Bummer Peak Campground

Location: Warm Springs Arm on hilltop
Number of Campsites: 2
Trail access only
Campground : Views of surrounding lake and hills. Hike, bike, or horseback ride to the site. Plan one hour hiking from the No Name Flat trailhead to the campsite (1.7 miles). Bring plenty of water.

Quicksilver Campground

Location: Warm Springs Arm
Number of Campsites: 11
Campground : Steep shoreline cliffs make docking a challenge. Sites 3, 4 and 5 are closest to the lake. The campground can be reached from the Laughing Springs trail loop that begins at the Skaggs Springs Vista (1.1 miles).

Lone Pine Campground

Location: Warm Springs Arm
Number of Campsites: 7
Campground : A favorite with water skiers. Hikers access by the No Name Flat trailhead to the lakeside camp. Find sites 1 and 4 close to the lake. Sites 2 and 3 are close together. Camp is susceptible to choppy wake.

Madrone Point Campground

Location: Warm Springs Arm
Number of Campsites: 6
Campground : Sites 1-3 are close to the lake, but have no shade. Sites 4-6 are farther back. Popular with water skiers. Shore is relatively rock free.

Black Mountain Campground

Location: Warm Springs Arm
Number of Campsites: 5
Campground : A favorite campground for swimming and fishing. Varied shade on moderate terrain. Sites 1 and 3 are on the shoreline while 2 and 4 are on the hillside. Site 2 is the most secluded. Site 5 is by itself on a peninsula. This is along a No Wake zone.

Buck Pasture Campground

Location: Warm Springs Arm
Number of Campsites: 13
Campground : Large campsites popular with big family groups. Located just inside the No Wake zone. Sites 1-4, 6, and 12-13 are on the shoreline. Good site for swimming and fishing.

Old Sawmill Campground

Location: Upper end of Warm Springs Arm
Number of Campsites: 9
Campground : Quiet end of the lake. Natural spring, horse corral, fig trees. All sites are away from the shore. A favorite with equestrian campers. Has water for horses. The trail to the campground is 1.5 miles.


Group Boat-in Campgrounds

Broken Bridge Group Campground

Location: Dry Creek Arm
Number of Sites: 6
Maximum group size: 40
Campground : Redwood trees, easy access to water ski zone.

Island View Group Campground

Location: Little Warm Springs Creek off Warm Springs Arm
Number of Sites: 4
Maximum group size: 32
Campground : Boat or hike to the site. Ample shade and along a No Wake zone.

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