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“Beautiful views”
Review of Lake Sonoma

Lake Sonoma
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Ranked #22 of 163 things to do in Healdsburg
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Reviewed June 28, 2013 via mobile

We were excited to check out the lake after a day of wine touring and we were not disappointed. After crossing a bridge from the south side of the lake, we parked and hiked down to the water for a quick dip. It was cold, but worth it!

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Reviewed June 25, 2013

The panoramic views from the lookout are spectacular! We were staying at nearby Raymond Burr Vineyard and were driven to the small park by a friend. The lady "guide" explained how the adjacent hills had been turned "upside down" taking the tops of the hills and moving them to the bottom of the valley to create a dam.

2  Thank Helotescowboy
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Reviewed June 21, 2013

Lake Sonoma was twenty years in the making and is actually a reservoir. It has several long narrow lake fingers that can go 5-10 miles. The vegetation is mostly oak trees around the lake. For locals, it provides a quick place to fish, boat and swim. For visitors, it provides a awesome vista of the Dry Creek area where it is located showing the lake and surrounding 5-star wineries and vineyards. There is only one main road in and out. As you climb the steep incline to the bridge, you will take a left at the sign indicating the vista and boat dock. The vista allows you to the high point and is a great photo op area. Further down is the boat dock, parking costs $5-8 and is very limited. The dock area has a small store. It is woefully underdeveloped for boaters and swimmers. That IS the downside of the lake, swimming is very limited on this boating lake. The beach is largely grassy and lacks. There is limited camping there and some hiking trails to explore. You can water and jet ski on the lake and of course, fishing. People can find swimming areas along any of the long fingers but they all lack nice beaches because of the steep sides of the lake. It is rocky with no sand.

The drive to the lake is for those wanting to see large vistas of vineyards that was once all prune trees 30 years ago. It is beautiful. From highway 101 north or south, take the Dry Creek exit and drive for miles until you enter the lake area. Do not veer off the road. You will see the dam at some point and various parking at the base of the lake. To reach the vista point and boat dock, you must continue up the steep incline to some time.

3  Thank perryaam
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Reviewed June 15, 2013

The panoramic views from the lookout are spectacular! I have been here many times during the week when you can have the place pretty much to yourselves. Bring a bottle of wine with a picnic lunch and you'll have the makings of a wonderful day outside. Worth the effort to drive to the top!

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Reviewed May 30, 2013 via mobile

The trails are abundant and some definitely will tire you if you are not prepared. Most trails are at higher elevations with amazing views, but few have any access along the waters edges. Numerous parking areas and very little traffic.

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