Outdoor Recreation

BICYCLING

30th Annual Healdsburg Bicycle Tour
On April 30, 2016 cyclists have the opportunity to cycle through Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, and Russian River Valley in Healdsburg's Annual Bicycle Tour. The courses are completely mapped out and range in distance and elevation. Cyclists get to choose from 23 mile, 37 mile, or 60 mile courses. Plenty of replenishing rest stops are placed throughout each of the courses and a gourmet catered lunch is provided at the end of the journey. For more information click here

Bike Route Map & Guide PDF
Healdsburg Cycling Adventure

 

FISHING ACCESS

Healdsburg hosts a wide variety of world class fishing opportunities.

The Russian River
is home to some of the finest Steelhead fishing on the West Coast and is prime during the months of January, February and March. This is predominantly a fish hatchery for hard fighting steelhead, averaging 8 to 12 pounds but the occasional 20 pounder is caught every year. While there is some fly-fishing, because of high turbidity found in the river this time of year, conventional drift fishing gear is the norm. Late Fall begins the Steelhead run, and continues through April. Next comes the "Mighty" Shad, April through June. Summertime is Prime time for Smallmouth Bass, Bluegill, and Carp. The Russian River is a "barbless- hook" river all year. Check California Dept. of Fish and Game regulations for specific bag limits and rules. Access spots and fishing hole maps as well as regulation books can be obtained at any of the local tackle shops. King's Sport and Tackle in downtown Guerneville is a great source for fishing information. They sell all the bait, tackle, licenses targeted at the Russian River and have up to date information on fishing conditions. Rules - Barbless hooks year round. No bait April 1 - November 1.

Lake Sonoma
Found only minutes from downtown Healdsburg, is a relatively new man made reservoir but is home to a wide variety of sport fish. There is bass fishing at Lake Sonoma and off Hot Springs Road in Cloverdale. The most sought after is the largemouth bass, but there is also a large population of Small mouth Bass as well. Spring is the best time to target these game fish with all the usual assortments of both top water baits and rubber worms working well. Largemouth bass to 12 pounds have been successfully landed but the average fish will run 2 pounds. In addition there is a healthy population of black Crappie. Red Ears Sunfish and Bluegill. Catfish to 20 pounds have been landed as well as the occasional landlocked Steelhead.

Bodega Bay
is the closet ocean port to Healdsburg and during the summer month’s fantastic Salmon fishing is available. There is also a good population of Rockfish, Halibut and Dungeness Crab that can be sought in season. The fall months are when the Albacore Tuna venture close enough to shore and are targeted by the spoor fishing fleet.

 

SWIMMING

Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach on the Russian River
The swim area is usually available to the public from Memorial Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. Visitors planning to use the beach should call (707) 565-2041 to verify that the beach is open. Lifeguards are on duty daily during the summer months only. Swimmers are urged to swim only when lifeguards are on duty. We recommend that you arrive early. The parking lot usually fills up by mid-day. Off-street parking is available nearby.
Location - 13839 Old Redwood Highway, Healdsburg
What you need to know - Open from sunrise to posted closing.
Restrictions - No alcohol is allowed in the park. Dogs Allowed - must be on a 6 foot leash at all times. Note: Dogs are not allowed on the beach or in the river at the park.
Parking - $6 per vehicle for day use.
Facilities - This beach offers picnic facilities, restrooms, and a man-made swimming beach located on the South side of Memorial Bridge.
Phone: (707) 565-2041
Website: www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pk_hvet.htm

Healdsburg Community Swimming Pool
360 Monte Vista
Phone: (707) 433-1109 - Info, (707) 431-3613 - Office
Website: www.HealdsburgSwimCenter.com


Other Area River Access:

Johnson's Beach
16241 First Street, Guerneville
Phone: (707) 869-2022
Website: www.johnsonsbeach.com
Johnson's Beach is open from 10 am to 6 pm, seven days a week, mid May to early October, weather permitting. There is no charge for parking. Please do not bring alcohol, glass containers or dogs. The Beach has canoes, kayaks and paddle boats for rent plus umbrellas, inner tubes, and beach chairs. A snack bar is located on the Beach as well as a boat launch. Our prices are very reasonable!!! A popular spot is the roped-off kiddies' pool area.

Steelhead Beach
9000 River Road, Forestville
Website: www.russianrivertravel.com/parks-steelhead.htm
This park offers seasonal fishing and river access for small craft such as drift boats, kayaks and canoes. It is an excellent spot for birding, viewing river wildlife and for picnicking. A parking lot with 75 spaces, 3 of which are disabled accessible stalls, is located approximately 200 yds from the launch area. No lifeguard service is available.
Hours - The park is open daily. Most Sonoma County Regional parks open at sunrise and close at sunset.
Parking - $5 per vehicle for day use. Special rates apply to buses or trucks carrying more than 9 people.
Dogs - Permitted on leash no longer than 6' in length. Rabies certificate required.
Facilities - Launch area for small craft (gravel adjacent to rivers edge, 4WD recommended). Beach area - no lifeguards on duty. Picnic areas with BBQs. No fires or barbecuing allowed on the beach. Chemical toilet.
ADA Access - Good ADA access to developed areas.

 

TENNIS

Giorgi Park
540 University Street, Healdsburg

Healdsburg High School
1024 Prince Street, Healdsburg

 

WILD BOAR HUNTING

Lake Sonoma
Wild Boar hunting season is typically from November to March. Please check with Lake Sonoma and the US Army Corps of Engineers for hunting regulations and licensing. Hunters are required to register with the park staff. There is no onsite registration since the Visitors Center is closed. Click the following links for more information.
http://www.spn.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/LakeSonoma/Hunting.aspx
http://www.dfg.ca.gov/hunting/