Family Camping in Sonoma County Regional Parks
Camping in Sonoma County is not just budget-friendly and fun, it’s also a great way to hang out with the people you love.
My family went camping for a few weeks every summer when I was a kid, and I’ve treasured those memories all my life. So do my siblings. Many is the time we’ve recalled picking blueberries on a hillside in Maine, the day two of us lost the canoe’s oars and were stuck in the middle of a small lake until a passing putt-putt towed us back to shore, or the time my dad—now 90—speared a trout in the shallows of a stream with a tent stake.
Camping offers so much: it’s inexpensive, it teaches you to move free and easy in the outdoors, gives you skills that tend to come in handy throughout life, and gifts you with confidence in your abilities. The plainest food tastes fabulous when cooked over a campfire, or even a portable camping stove. You’ll never feel as clean as you do when emerging, shivering in the crisp morning air, from a camp shower.
For families the benefits are myriad. Days spent hiking, swimming, paddling, and adventuring not only provide memories—they also bring you closer. Marching off to a ranger talk over an evening campfire becomes a thrilling experience that you’ll discuss all next day. We are not quite or usual selves when camping—for one thing, everyone from the youngest child to the greatest elder is more relaxed—and for some reason that makes it easier for everyone to laugh, listen, and enjoy.
Finally there is this simple fact: campgrounds tend to be located at extremely beautiful and activity-laden locations. And while you’re sleeping in that tent or RV, those beautiful spots are your home.
Here’s a rundown on campgrounds managed by Sonoma County Parks—a starting point to let you create your own camping memories:
- Doran Regional Park: Just south of Bodega Bay, Doran is situated on a stunning 2-mile stretch of beach. It’s open year-round for camping, with 112 reservable, 20 first-come campsites, and one hiker/bicyclist group site. Download a campsite map of Doran Regional Park.
- Gualala Point Regional Park: On the northern coast, south of the town of Gualala and on the banks of the Gualala River near its mouth, this campground offers 18 reservable campsites. There’s also a non-reservable hiker/bicyclist group site. Download a map of Gualala Point Regional Park.
- Stillwater Regional Cove Park: In Jenner, near Fort Ross State Historic Park, Stillwater has more than 20 campsites available, as well as a hiker/bicyclist group site. Two sites provide disabled access. A beach launch can be used for kayaks and other small boats. The cove is popular with skin and scuba divers. Download a Stillwater Cove campsite map.
- Westside Regional Park: On the north side of Bodega Bay and away from crowds, this campground has a beautiful setting with nearly 47 trailer/camper sites available, with two configured for disabled access. Download a Westside campsite map.
- Spring Lake Regional Park: North of Sonoma Valley and located in but on the bucolic outskirts of Santa Rosa, Spring Lake’s individual campsites are available from May 1-September 30 (the rest of the year it’s only open on weekends and holidays). A group campground is available, by reservation only, throughout the year. Download a map of Spring Lake Regional Park.
- Most campsites offer a fire ring and picnic table, with showers, flush toilets, and potable water are nearby. You can see a chart of individual park amenities here.
- All campgrounds have a certain number of sites with disabled access.
- Depending on campsite type and season, rates range from $20 to $32 per night.
- Find more information about Sonoma County Regional Park
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