SPN Recreational Locations




The US Army Corps of Engineers owns and operates over 4,300 recreation sites around the country, but those in the San Francisco District are some of the most beautiful—so get outdoors and enjoy them! 

Bay Model Visitor Center


The discovery begins as you travel north over the Golden Gate Bridge into Sausalito. Nestled along the northern reach of Richardson’s Bay, the San Francisco Bay Model Visitor Center is a place like no other. A 1 ½ acre, 3-dimensional model of San Francisco Bay’s watershed is its central attraction.  Used for engineering and scientific testing by the Corps from 1958-2000, the Model is now the Corps’ most important center to learn about the San Francisco Bay Watershed and the agency’s role managing water resources throughout Northern California. Hands-on exhibits, programs and a beautiful waterfront location with picnic sites compliment your visit.

Lake Mendocino


  The rolling hills and plain of the Dry Creek Valley give way to the mountains of Mendocino County about 120 miles north of San Francisco. Just outside the city of Ukiah lies the perfect weekend getaway for the family. Coyote Dam & Lake Mendocino is a 1,800 acre lake with accessible shoreline and over 300 campsites. Boating, fishing and swimming keep it busy year-round. Over 15 miles of trails for hiking, equestrian and mountain biking will keep you active. A fish hatchery is open to the public during winter steelhead migration. 

Lake Sonoma


  Continue your journey north to Warm Springs Dam & Lake Sonoma near Healdsburg.  Lake Sonoma’s rugged shoreline frames the 2,700 acre lake in the middle of premier wine country. The 109 boat-in campsites combine solitude with convenient access.  Boating not your thing? A campground, picnic areas, swimming beach, visitor center and fish hatchery, and over 40 miles of hiking and equestrian trails offer something for every interest.  The fish hatchery offers tours and lots of fish “action” during winter steelhead migration.