US Army Corps of Engineers
San Francisco District

Boating at Lake Sonoma

Follow the links to great safety tips for playing safely on the water. 

http://watersafety.usace.army.mil/

http://watersafety.usace.army.mil/safetytips.htm

http://www.safeboatingcouncil.org/index.php

Boating Rules

All Coast Guard and California navigation and boat operation rules apply. Several areas on the lake are designated for water-skiing and some areas are no wake. Check with the visitor center or a Park Ranger for specific information.

  • There is a 50 mph maximum speed limit on this lake.
  • Children under 13 are required to wear a life jacket.

Safety Recommendations 

 This lake is a popular boating area. In order to assure the enjoyment and safety of all please remember...
 Respect all boaters and non-boaters alike.
  • Wear your life jacket.
  • Always keep a lookout.
  • Take a Safe Boating Course.
  • Don't boat and drink.
 

Boat Ramps

 

Public Launching Areas

Public launching areas are located near the dam at the Public Boat Ramp and at the Yorty Creek Recreation Area near Cloverdale (car-top launch only). Day use fees apply. An annual pass good for any Corps of Engineer park can be purchased at the Visitor Center. Yorty Creek is managed as a day use area. Boat-in campers wishing to launch and park overnight at Yorty Creek must ensure they write their reservation number on a slip of paper and display it on their vehicle dash in order to avoid receiving a citation. Sorry, no glass allowed on the swim beach at Yorty Creek.

Lake Sonoma Marina

The Lake Sonoma Marina, (707) 433-2200, offers a boat ramp, full service marina, boat slips, rentals and a store. Call the Marina for prices and availability.

 www.lakesonoma.com