Get Married at Lake Sonoma!

The natural beauty of Lake Sonoma and the surrounding countryside makes it a perfect place for outdoor weddings.  While there are many unique spots throughout the recreational area that lend themselves to wedding ceremonies, the Friends of Lake Sonoma has picked out five that are particularly suited to accommodate weddings of varying sizes.  And the best thing of all?  When you lease a location through the Friends of Lake Sonoma, it qualifies as a tax-deductible donation. 

The pricing for each wedding site is for a 12-hour exclusive rental (except for Yorty Creek Beach), and includes the required use/permit fee, water and electricity (if available), clean-up and an on-site assistant the day of the wedding.

Main Overlook


The Main Overlook provides a stunning background for the bride and groom to repeat their vows on a sizeable platform that can be decorated in whatever style desired.  There is ample parking and access is easy.  Accommodates up to 125 people.


Group Campground D


Located in the Liberty Glen Campground, Group Campground D offers lovely views, ample parking, covered picnic areas and an amphitheatre with electricity, making it a perfect spot for a larger wedding -- or a cozy gathering of just family and a few friends. Accommodates up to 200 people.


Bridge Overlook


A picturesque view of the Lake Sonoma Bridge provides the backdrop for the perfect smaller wedding.  Parking is somewhat limited and access is up rustic stairs.  Accommodates apporoximately 25 people.


Smaller Overlook


Tucked into a rocky hillside with lovely trees, this special, tiny spot is for those with smaller wedding plans.  There is limited parking and access is easy -- just a short walk.  Accommodates approximately 15 people.


Main Picnic Area


Located across from the Milt Brandt Visitors Center at the entrance to the park, the Main Picnic Area has several sites for weddings of all sizes.  If you would like to combine your wedding and reception, this is the spot for you! Several areas are sheltered, allowing for weddings regardless of the season.  There is more than ample parking and access is easy.  Accoomodates 300 people or more.


Yorty Creek Beach


A beautiful site in the northern part of the park, near Cloverdale.  Lovely beach and water backdrop -- the bride can go barefoot! Please note that Yorty Creek Beach is a public beach and cannot be rented on an exclusive basis.  We can rope off a section of the beach, but must allow access to boaters and other guests along the perimeter.  There is ample parking and access is easy.  Accommodates 300 people.



For wedding receptions following your ceremony, the Main Picnic Area adjacent to the Milt Brandt Visitors Center is available for a fee of $750 to $1,000, depending on the size of your wedding.


For more information, please contact Jane Young at



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, John Granatir, 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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