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SONOMA COAST/BOATING/FISHING

SONOMA COAST: Perhaps Sonoma County's most defining and well-known geographic feature is its 58 miles of beautiful, rugged Pacific coastline. The Sonoma Coast offers some of the best surfing north of Santa Cruz for the advanced or beginning surfer. Surfing for the advanced surfer is best July through March and for the beginner year-round surf can be found. Doran Regional Park offers a two-mile stretch of sandy beach and a great view of Point Reyes. With plenty of space to spread beach blankets, towels and umbrellas, this is one of the best family beaches for picnics, sand castles, or kites.

BOATING: Launch your boat at Monte Rio beach and Johnson's Beach in Guerneville, Forestville River Access, Steelhead Beach in Forestville, Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach and Cloverdale River Park. Bring your own kayak or canoe, or rent one at any of the public beaches.

FISHING: There are miles of shoreline for rock fishing and surf fishing and party boats are available at Bodega Bay and Lake Sonoma. The Russian River salmon start their annual migration in late September. By late November the steelhead are running and continue through March. Spring is the best time for catfish. Shad appear in mid-April. As the days lengthen and the weather warms, bait your hook for bass.
Campbell Cove
Campbell Cove


Campbell Cove Beach is a sandy spot on Bodega Head just inside the entrance to Bodega Harbor in Bodega Bay, CA. The beach is a flat one so at low tide it can be quite large and at high tide it might be mostly underwater. Behind the parking lot there is a small pond in a bowl called “Hole in the Head.” A wooden boardwalk leads to the Hole with a viewing platform where you can check out the birds in this unique spot, just be aware that the Alfred Hitchcock movie The Birds was filmed in Bodega Bay. A sign here explains the history of Bodega Head and the mystery behind how the Hole was created (a proposed Nuclear Power Plant).
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Doran Regional Park
Doran Regional Park


Doran Regional Park features a wide, 2-mile stretch of beach on Bodega Bay and is ideal for walking, picnicking, playing in the sand, flying kites, surfing, and bird-watching. A boat launch provides access to Bodega Harbor and Bodega Bay for sport fishing, kayaking, stand-up paddling, and kite surfing. A rock jetty on the west end of the park is a popular spot for fishing and exploring sea life.
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