Events at Lake Sonoma

Lake Sonoma Steelhead Run Tours

From January through April, guided tours for school children and other groups are available weekdays by appointment.  Self-guided tours are available every day.  The fish hatchery sorts fish daily and does its artificial spawning on Thursday mornings.  To watch the magnificent steelhead push their way up Dry Creek to the fish ladder to spawn the next generation of fish, come out to the park or call 707-431-4533 to make an appointment for a guided group tour!  Tours are free.


IronMan 70.3 Santa Rosa -- May 13, 2017

Lake Sonoma will host the start of the IronMan 70.3 Santa Rosa race on Saturday, May 13.  The swim loop begins at the public boat ramp.  Pro start is 6:25 a.m., followed by the age group athlete start at 6:40 a.m.  Participants will then grab their bikes and start the grueling route to the finish line at Courthouse Square in Santa Rosa!


Sonoma Wine Country Games -- June 10-11, 2017

The archery component of the Sonoma Wine Country Games (also called the Senior Games) will be at the beautiful Lake Sonoma Archery Range in 2017.

The Modified Flint Round will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 10th.  The Field/Hunter Round begins on Sunday the 11th, also at 9 a.m.

If you're 50+, you're welcome to compete in a wide variety of different games.  For more information and to register, go online to



Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival -- February 10, 2018

This great free event will be held Saturday, February 10, 2018, at the Milt Brandt Visitors Center.  Festivities begin at 10 a.m. and run until 4 p.m.  This event is hosted by the Friends of Lake Sonoma, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Sonoma County Water Agency and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.  For more information, please refer to the Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival Page under "Support Lake Sonoma" on this website.





Want to hold an event at Lake Sonoma?

Lake Sonoma is the perfect venue for all kinds of events, ranging from family reunions to mountain bike racing. Fees for venue rental are set by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, but if you're planning an event, you can designate the Friends of Lake Sonoma as an event sponsor and your fees will then be a donation -- with all funds returned directly to the park in support of programs and maintenance.  

To hold an event, contact the USACE at 707-431-4590 and mention to the park ranger that you would like to partner with the Friends of Lake Sonoma.  It's as simple as that!


Board of Directors

Linda Clapp, chairman

Rich Thomas, vice chairman

Tony Pettis, treasurer

Mark Thayer, secretary


Directors: Dora Azevedo, Nikki Baxes, Harry Bosworth, Joe Brandt, Jayson Collard, Rick Herbert, Donna Meier, Brad Sherwood, Kasey Wade and Burrell Wyle.


Directors Emeritus:  Gordon Amrein, Paul Finn, Dave Harmeson, Phil Pinto, Arnold Santucci, Ken Screechfield

Tax Status

The Friends of Lake Sonoma is recognized as a non-profit cooperative association under section 501 (c) 3 of the United State Internal Revenue Service tax code.  Our tax identification number is 94-2260679.  We operate on a fiscal year from January 1 to December 31.  Monetary and in-kind donations to the Friends of Lake Sonoma are considered to be tax deductible, unless limited by law.


The Friends of Lake Sonoma relies on strong partnerships with key govenmental agencies and businesses, including:

United States Army Corps of Engineers, San Francisco District

Sonoma County Water Agency

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

National Environmental Education & Training Foundation

Toyota Motor Sales USA

Back Country Horsemen of California -- North Bay Chapter

Bike Monkey

Sonoma County Bowmen

United Flyers of Sonoma County

Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley




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