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Boat launches in Sonoma County Regional Parks

Spud Point Marina in Bodega Bay is a popular destination during crab and salmon seasons.

Sonoma County’s extensive regional parks system includes numerous boat launches scattered in its waterfront parks countywide. 

Boat launches able to accommodate vessels of various sizes are located in Bodega Bay, along the Russian River, on lakes in several inland parks, and on San Pablo Bay. Most of the launches are free to use, although there's typically a parking fee of $7 (or free for Regional Parks members.  

Here’s the scoop on launches:

1. Spud Point Marina (Bodega Bay): Located on Bodega Harbor, Spud Point Marina sits at the epicenter of commercial and sport fishing in Sonoma County; it’s a particularly popular destination during crab and salmon seasons. Spud Point is the only Northern California ocean marina with no bar to transit when entering and exiting a harbor. Spud Point welcomes monthly berthers, overnight visitors, and yacht club cruises. The marina’s many amenities include a free waste pump-out station, fuel dock with gas and diesel, public restrooms, 30 and 50 AMP electrical service, average water depth of 12 feet, Wi-Fi, and more.
1818 Westshore Road, Bodega Bay, 707-875-3535. Download a Marina Map.

2. Doran Regional Park (Bodega Bay): Its two-mile stretch of sandy beach makes this a popular place for visitors to picnic, build sand castles, fly kites, surf, fish, and stroll. A rock jetty at the harbor mouth provides access for fishing, crabbing, and exploring sea life. The launch can accommodate boats up to 20 feet; a parking lot next to the launch can handle 30 vehicles with trailers. Additional amenities include a fish-cleaning station, boat-rinsing station, and picnic areas. 
201 Doran Beach Road, Bodega Bay, 707-875-3540. Download a Campgrounds Map.

3. Westside Regional Park (Bodega Bay): With its boat ramp, boat-rinsing station, and fish-cleaning station, this park is ideal for fishing. A large vehicle and boat parking lot is located next to the launch. Picnic tables and restrooms are onsite, and the park is near stores and tackle shops. Marine fuel may be purchased at nearby Spud Point Marina. ).
2400 Westshore Road, Bodega Bay, 707-875-3540. Download a Campground Map.

4. Wohler Bridge Fishing Access (Russian River): To use the ramp and its graveled launch, you must buy a fishing access permit ($45 recreational, $75 commercial). The permit includes a key that allows access to the ramps both here and at nearby Steelhead Beach (see below). The Wohler Bridge launch provides for the loading and off-loading of small craft (four wheel drive recommended) and a short portage is required to get to the river. 
9765 Wohler Road, Forestville, 707-433-1625.
For a permit and key, contact Sonoma County Regional Parks, 2300 County Center Drive, Suite 120A, Santa Rosa, 707-565-2041.

5. Steelhead Beach Regional Park (Russian River): Providing river access for small craft such as drift boats, kayaks, and canoes, this is an excellent spot for birding, viewing river wildlife, and picnicking. Park amenities include a beach area, picnic areas with barbecues, and flush toilets. A parking lot with 75 spaces (including five disabled accessible stalls) is located about 200 yards from the launch area. The graveled launch ramp at the river's edge is seasonal, and four wheel drive is strongly recommended. To use the ramp, you must buy a fishing access permit ($45 recreational, $75 commercial). The permit includes a key that allows access to the ramps both here and at nearby Wohler Bridge (see above). 
9000 River Road, Forestville, 707-433-1625. Download a Park Map.
For a permit and key, contact Sonoma County Regional Parks, 2300 County Center Drive, Suite 120A, Santa Rosa, 707-565-2041.

6. Spring Lake Regional Park (Santa Rosa): The 72-acre lake is open year-round and is a wonderful place to windsurf, canoe, or paddleboat. The boat ramp is open year-round and can accommodate watercraft up to 16 feet in length. Boats are available for rent from May through September from the concession stand, located near the park's swimming lagoon. U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets must be worn, and no gas-powered boats are allowed on the lake; electric motors are permitted. To reach the boat launch, use the Newanga Avenue entrance to the park. 
393 Violetti Road, Santa Rosa, 707-539-8092. Download a Park Map.

7. Hudeman Slough Boat Launch (San Pablo Bay): NOTE: Hudeman Slough Boat Launch is closed for renovations; learn more about the county's Hudeman Slough Boat Launch improvement projectThis launch allows you to explore the marshy waterways edging San Pablo Bay. Located in an isolated area with no services, the launch is open year round, and can accommodate boats up to 24 feet; the no-fee parking lot has 20 spaces. To use the ramp and its graveled launch, you must buy a fishing access permit ($45 recreational, $75 commercial), which includes a key for access.
28020 Skaggs Island Road, Sonoma, 707-789-9644. 
To get a permit and key, contact Sonoma County Regional Parks, 2300 County Center Drive, Suite 120A, Santa Rosa, 707-565-2041.

For more ideas, read Best Parks for Fishing in Sonoma County and Lake Vacations in Sonoma County. And be sure to check our listings of all Sonoma County marinas as well as other things to do and hotels/lodging. Get a free Visitors Guide and Map of Sonoma County.

Written by Sonoma Insider Suzie Rodriguez

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