Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival

The Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival set for Feb. 10, 2024

Save the date for Saturday, February 10, rain or shine.  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Beer, wine, food trucks, lots of family-oriented activities, and fantastic fun.  Stay tuned for more details!


Want to be a Steelhead Festival Sponsor?

All the details are at: 


Want a booth at the 2024 Festival?

Both non-profits and businesses can purchase booths at the 2024 festival.  Fees are $200 for businesses and $100 for non-profits.




8,000 people attended the 2023 Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival

County Awards Gold Resolution to 2017 Festival

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors has issued a Concurrent Gold Resolution recognizing the Friends of Lake Sonoma and all sponsors of the 2017 Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival.  The resolution was presented to Steelhead Festival Chairman Rich Thomas at the supervisors meeting on March 28, 2017.

We Need Your Help!  Become a Sponsor of the Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival!

Come run with us and participate in the Annual Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival by becoming a sponsor.  This festival is one of California's biggest and best celebrations of the endangered Steelhead Trout, which return annually to the Congressman Don Clausen Fish Hatchery at Lake Sonoma to spawn the next generation of fish.

This free event attracts upwards of 12,000 people to the grounds of the Milt Brandt Visitor Center at Lake Sonoma. Adults and children enjoy tours of the hatchery and watch one of nature's most fascinating species -- Steelhead pushing upstream and leaping out of the water as they climb the fish ladder.

On hand to educate and entertain are more than 60 exhibitors.  Activities and entertainment include archery, art projects, a casting pond, food vendors, local beer and wine booths, a live band and a silent auction benefiting Friends of Lake Sonoma.

The Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival 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.  This event allows us to provide educational elements critical to increasing understanding of threatened and endangered species of not only the Steelhead, but also the Coho Salmon, and to increase awareness of water conservation and our watershed.

To keep this festival growing -- and allow us to offer this FREE to everyone that attends -- we appreciate the support of our business community.  Sponsorship levels range from $1,000 to $5,000.  Benefits include your company logo on all advertising and promotional materials, banners at the festival, a booth at the festival and other special rewards.

For more information and to find out how you can help, please contact Jane Young, Friends of Lake Sonoma Executive Director, at 707-694-1916.


Want to Exhibit at the Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival?

The Friends of Lake Sonoma invites community non-profits and local businesses to exhibit at the 2024 Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival.  Cost for a table is $100 for non-profits and $200 for small, local businesses.  You are in charge of setting up your table and providing approriate display materials.  Please contact us at if your group our business would like to participate.



Ready? Set? Here comes the 2023 Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival!


Check out our Steelhead Festival video!

Videographer George Dondero captured the spirit of the 2015 Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival in this fantastic video, which provides a brief snapshot of all the fun activities.  Thanks to the Sonoma County Water Agency for providing this footage! salutes the Steelhead Festival

Check out what they say about us!


Thank you, sponsors!

We thank the following companies and organizations who are on board as sponsors of the 2023 Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival:

Platinum Sponsors:

  • Californai Department of Fish & Wildlife
  • Friends of Lake Sonoma
  • Sonoma Water
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Presenting Sponsor:

  • CALPINE The Geysers

Gold Sponsors:

  • Bear Republic Brewling
  • Sonoma County Airport Express
  • Sonoma County Board of Supervisors

Steelhead Sponsors:

  • Brandt Insurance
  • Lake Sonoma Marina
  • Poppy Bank
  • Russian River Watershed Association
  • Sonoma County Winegrowers
  • Westec Tank & Equipment Co.
  • Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley


Vendors & Performers for 2023

  • El Coyote -- Food Vendor
  • Fruity MoJo -- Food Vendor
  • Amy's Wicked Slush -- Food Vendor
  • Just Popped Up -- Food Vendor
  • California Funnel Cakes -- Food Vendor
  • Healdsburg Kiwanis -- Food Vendor
  • Lola's Market -- Food Vendor
  • The Wurst Restaurant-- Food Vendor
  • Ultimate Slovaki -- Food Vendor
  • Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley
  • Bear Republic Brewing Company
  • SoloRio -- Live Music
  • Bubblesmith -- Bubble Show

Booth Sponsors 2023

  • Antique Brokers
  • Beads By Bowers
  • Biblio Bus
  • Bird Rescue Center
  • CAL Fire -- Sonoma/Lake/Napa
  • California Dept. of Fish & Wildlife
  • Cal Trout
  • Clay Mason Studio
  • Citizens Climate Lobby
  • Conservation Corps North Bay
  • Dan River Tackle
  • Dutch Bill Creek Watershed
  • Erin Rose Prints
  • Fat Freddy's Creations
  • Geyserville Fire Protection Unit
  • Healdsburg Running Company
  • Kenyon Lewis
  • National Oceanic & Atmospheric Assn.
  • Northern California Council, Federation of Fly Fishers
  • North Coast Resource Conservation and Development Council
  • Pepperwood Preserve
  • Redwood Empire Trout Unlimited
  • Rising Sun Center for Opportunity
  • Russian Riverkeeper
  • Sonoma County Agriculture Preservation & Open Space District
  • Sonoma County Bowmen
  • Sonoma County Farm Bureau
  • Sonoma Land Trust
  • Sonoma Water
  • Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods
  • The Ranch at Lake Sonoma
  • Ukiah Valley Fish & Wildlife Club
  • U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
  • Watershed Stewards Program
  • Zero Waste Sonoma


Special Donations 2023

  • Kenyon Lewis Ceramic Art
  • State Farm Insurance/Andy Esquivel
  • Rick Tang Photography

Volunteers 2023

  • California Conservation Corps
  • Boy Scouts of America

Silent Auction Donors

  • Amy's Wicked Slush
  • Brandt Insurance
  • Bosworth & Son General Store
  • Linda Clapp
  • Earle Cummings
  • DaVero Winery
  • Rand Derrico
  • Journeyman Meat Co.
  • Lake Sonoma Marina Resort
  • Martorana Winery
  • MoE's Eagle Nest
  • Panaderia el Palomo
  • Marie T. Rios
  • The Ranch at Lake Sonoma
  • Truett Hurst Winery
  • Kasey Wade
  • Colleen Wattles
  • Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley
  • Valette
  • Jane Hodges Young

Board of Directors

Skip Brand, chairman

Rick Herbert, vice chairman

Joe Brandt,  treasurer

 Vacant, secretary


Directors: Dora Azevedo, Nikki Baxes, Carl Bowers, Jayson Collard, Donna Meier, Brad Sherwood, Marshall Turbeville, Kasey Wade, Jim Wilmes and Burrell Wyle.


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

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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