California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Lake Sonoma Wildlife Area - Sonoma County

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Location: Sonoma County - 20 miles northwest of Santa Rosa

Phone Number: (707) 944-5500

Map: Directional Map (PDF)

Area Regulations:

  • No person shall drive, operate, leave, place, park or stop any motor vehicle or trailer on any State Wildlife Area except on designated parking areas; violators may be towed at owners expense (CVC 22659)
  • It is unlawful to collect or remove bottles or artifacts, or dig or otherwise disturb the soil to locate bottles or artifacts from any Wildlife Area

Special Restrictions:

  • No person, except by special authorization of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Army corps of Engineers, shall enter that portion of the Lake Sonoma Wildlife Area marked by signs as "Critical Habitat" or "Wilderness Area" during the period of February 1 through August 1
  • Dogs are not allowed

Access:

  • Yorty Creek area: accessed from Highway 101. Exit at South Cloverdale Blvd. Take a right on Cloverdale Blvd., then either a left at Treadway and go 0.3 miles, turn right for 0.3 miles to Hot Springs Road or turn left at first signal (West Brookside) to Foothill, left on Foothill to Hot Springs Road.
  • Liberty Glen area: accessed via Highway 101 from Healdsburg exit (Dry Creek Road); take a right to Lake Sonoma, go past the visitor center, cross the Lake Sonoma bridge, then go 3 miles to the Liberty Glen campground. Liberty Glen check station is located at the parking lot near the kiosk.

Description: The 8,000 acre Lake Sonoma Wildlife Area is operated in cooperation with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The lake was created with the completion of the Warm Springs Dam in 1983. It is situated in the beautiful foothills of Sonoma County, and is surrounded by rugged terrain covered by live oaks, madrones, spicebush, and in spring, a host of wildflowers.

Recreational Use: Type C Wildlife Area

  • Camping and trailers are allowed in Corps of Engineers designated campgrounds only. Trailers are not allowed on Hot Spring Road (Yorty Creek). There are both campgrounds and primitive campsites available.
  • No campfires are permitted within the Lake Sonoma Wildlife Area unless otherwise posted.
  • Hiking, birdwatching, and wildlife viewing are allowed. Some of the common wildlife seen include deer, California quail, acorn woodpeckers, and ash-throated flycatchers. Nesting peregrine falcons are rarely but occasionally seen.
  • The lake provides excellent bass fishing. Other game fish include crappie, Sacramento perch, channel catfish and redear sunfish.

Hunting: Authorized species: deer, pig, and wild turkey. Lake Sonoma Wildlife Area is a special draw hunt area. Deer hunts are applied for through the License and Revenue Branch. A premium deer tag is required for the Archery A25 Hunt and Junior J1 Hunt. Pig hunts are now offered by the Corps of Engineers for archery and crossbow hunts. Spring and fall wild turkey hunts for adults and juniors are applied for through the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Game Bird Heritage Program.

Facilities: Restrooms available at the campgrounds and visitor center.

The Lake Sonoma Wildlife Area is patrolled by California Department of Fish and Wildlife Wardens. In case of emergency please call 911.

To obtain information on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Sonoma please visit their website or call the Lake Sonoma Visitor Center at (707) 431-4533.

PLEASE NOTE: Area regulations are subject to change. Special restrictions on recreational uses, hunt days and methods of take are listed in the current year's issue of Hunting and Other Public Uses on State and Federal Areas, available at CDFW offices and places where licenses are sold.


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