The Friends of Lake Sonoma welcomes you!

The Friends of Lake Sonoma is a cadre of volunteers that supports the interpretive and educational programs managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Sonoma.  Due to federal budget shortfalls, we also provide funding to help maintain the park and keep key facilities -- including the Milt Brandt Visitors Center -- open to public access.  We welcome your help -- financially through monetary and in-kind donations or through your service as a park volunteer! 

Enjoy trail rides at The Ranch at Lake Sonoma -- oh what a view!

The Ranch at Lake Sonoma is one of the top recommendations on Trip Advisor. Seeing Lake Sonoma on horseback is just fantastic.  The views are splendid and the experience is first-class.  Be sure to bring your camera.  This is an opportunity to see the park like you've never seen it before! Check out the details at or just click here to be redirected to the ranch's website.  

Save the Date! Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival, Saturday, February 8, 2025.

The 2025 Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival will be held on the grounds of the Milt Brandt Visitor Center at Lake Sonoma on Saturday, February 8.  We plan to have a full day of fish, fun and festivities!  If you would like a booth for your business or non-profit, please continue to the Steelhead Festival page on this website for links to booth applications.


Milt Brandt Visitor Center now open daily!

Come visit us at the Milt Brandt Visitor Center at Lake Sonoma, now open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m!  Our new team of ambassadors and volunteers are here to assist you and make your visit complete.  Check out the items in our gift shop, which helps support The Friends of Lake Sonoma.

Deer hunts sold out for 2024; pig hunts start in November.


The pig hunting season for 2023-24 has officially ended and the guided deer hunts over this coming summer have been sold out.  The 2024-2025 pig hunting season will begin in November and run through March, but official start and end dates have not been determined.  Check in with us later in the summer when details will be published.

Board of Directors

Skip Brand, chairman

Rick Herbert, vice chairman

Joe Brandt,  treasurer

 Vacant, secretary


Directors: Dora Azevedo, Nikki Baxes, Carl Bowers, Jayson Collard, Marci Cook, Dan Horn, Brent Swinth,  Marshall Turbeville, Jim Wilmes and Burrell Wyle.


Directors Emeritus:  Gordon Amrein, Harry Bosworth, Linda Clapp, Paul Finn, Dave Harmeson, Donna Meier, Tony Pettis, Phil Pinto, Arnold Santucci, Ken Screechfield, Richard Thomas, Kasey Wade

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 Water

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Sonoma County Tourism

Back Country Horsemen of California -- North Bay Chapter

Sonoma County Bowmen

United Flyers of Sonoma County

Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley




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