Spring Lake Campground Review


We have been on multiple trips to Spring Lake Regional Park in Santa Rosa, CA. We have stayed at site 5 and site 24.

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The Campsite

Though you can see most of the campground from any given site, the spots are all spacious. It is a small campground and none of the spots are too secluded. But, there is enough space between the spots to feel like you can explore and have some fun.

Spring Lake Campsite #5

This campsite is a pull-through site so parking our 20 foot travel trailer there was no problem at all. The site itself was on the smaller side for the campground, but it felt more private than many of the other sites. Through the trees you can see a very small glimpse of the lake.

This site is right next to the main trail to access the lake from the campground. We were worried this would be annoying and cause people to walk through our camp but it really was no problem. The trail is clearly marked and far enough from the site that people were, for the most part, respectful.

Our Spring Lake visit at site 5.

Spring Lake Campsite #24

We have camped at this exact site multiple times. Campsite #24 is a favorite of our family.

The kids are big fans of the large rocks (or “hopping stones” as they called them) throughout the site. They were also happy to find a couple of trees that were not too difficult to climb. The site is on the corner of the road so it is a fairly large space and the kids of plenty of room to run around.

Site #24 fits our 20 foot travel trailer and our truck with no issues. The spot is also very level. On our first visit to this site we did level one side out slightly, but on our second visit we were able to park without using any levelers.

All of the sites have a fire pit, picnic table, and bear locker. There is a weak Verizon cell signal throughout the campground.

Our Spring Lake visit at site 24.

The Best Campsites

  • Sites 2 & 3
    • These two sites work well together if you have a tent in site 3 and a trailer in site 2.
  • Site 5
    • This is the best pull-through site at the campground. (All other pull-throughs are right on the road.) It is a smaller site and right next to the trail to the lake, but it has nice views and some privacy.
  • Site 24
    • This is our favorite site. It’s on a corner so you get a lot more space than many of the other sites. It would work well with friends in campsite 31 as well.

The Weather

We tend to camp here either in the fall or spring. We have been in November a few times and in March. We always seem to have great weather. It is sometimes a little wet in November but we still have a good time.

The Activities

The campsite is right on the lake. You can easily walk to the lake right from camp, which is awesome. Around the lake there are several different exercise stations. The kids love to stop and play on them.

You can also walk from Spring Lake to Howarth Park. Howarth Park is filled with activities for kids. There are parks, a carousel, a train ride, a petting zoo, and pony rides. You can also rent a paddle boat and feed some ducks. It is a lot of fun and a nice walk for the family.

The Dog-Friendly Hiking

The dog-friendly hiking at Spring Lake is one of our favorite parts about it. Not only are dogs allowed at the campground but they are allowed on the trail around the lake. It seems to be a rare find in California to go to a campground and have access to a dog-friendly trail directly from camp.

The Beer

There is lots of good local beer in Santa Rosa. We tend to just grab some from the grocery store beforehand so we don’t have to leave camp. Some good ones to try are Hen House, Russian River, and Fogbelt.

The Recap

We will be back. We love how convenient this campground is. It’s small and you can see your neighbors but it’s worth it. Most campsites have space to roam, you can walk to a beautiful trail, and you can bring your dog everywhere!

Campground Details:

Spring Lake Regional Park
5585 Newanga Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95405

Can reserve online at reserve.sonomacountycamping.org. Reservations open 1 year ahead at 12am PST.

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