5 ways to beat the heat in Sonoma County

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA 01368633

It is going to be a hot one this weekend. Here are 5 places to beat the heat:

1) Lake Isanjo

I love Lake Isanjo because it is rarely crowded. Even on a hot weekend there maybe less than 20 people around this large lake. Why? Because it's hard to get to! Parking is a good 2+ mile hike away. Yes, it's hard to get to, but it's worth it.

  • Park at Spring Lake and hike the Spring Creek Trail up to the Lake. It's worth it.

  • Or park at Annadel State Park and hike Warren Richardson Trail 2.5 miles to the lake

2010-05-22 16.04.09 A picnic bench sits at the shoreline of Lake Isanjo

  • Where: Annadel State Park but best access is from parking at Spring Lake Park 5585 Newanga Ave Santa Rosa
  • Fee: Parking $7 at Spring Lake
  • Dogs: No dogs in Annadel State Park
  • More Information: Annadel

2) Spring Lake Lagoon:

It's much easier to get to but it can be crowded on a hot weekend. The good news is that most kids don't care if it's crowded. There is a great inflatable playground that kids love and the Otter cafe is a nice place to enjoy an adult beverage.

IMG_1562 Spring Lake Lagoon with inflatable water playground

  • Where: 393 Violetti Rd Santa Rosa
  • Fee: $7 parking
  • Dogs: not allowed on beach
  • More information: Spring Lake

3) Riverfront Park

This is a great place because it's a 1-mile hike to the river so a lot of people won't do it. The shoreline is covered by a canopy of trees, and it's a nice cool place to spend the day. Bring food and drink because there is nowhere to buy food. From the parking lot, walk directly through the park on the service road past the percolation ponds till the road makes a sharp left turn. Instead of turning and staying on the road, go straight you'll see a trail to the river.

IMG_1938.JPG Riverfront Park

  • Where: 7821 Eastside Rd Healdsburg
  • Fee:  $7 parking (Free with county park pass)
  • Dogs:  Yes on <6' leash
  • More information: Riverfront

4) Del Rio Woods Beach

Del Rio Woods Beach is a newer park along the Russian River. It is a parking lot only, and there is only room for about 20 cars so get there before it gets too hot or you won't be able to park your car

Del Rio Woods Beach

  • Where: 2749 Rio Wood Road Healdsburg
  • Fee:  $7 parking (Free with county park pass)
  • Dogs: Yes < 6' leash
  • More information: Del Rio Woods


5 ) Doran Beach

Doran is a 2 mile stretch of beach with tons of parking although, on hot afternoons, park rangers might close the entrance if the park gets too full. On really hot days I recommend getting there before noon.

IMG_1609 Beautiful Doran Beach in Bodega Bay

  • Where: 201 Doran Beach Rd Bodega Bay
  • Fee: $7 parking (free with county park pass)
  • Dogs: Yes <6' leash required
  • More information: Doran



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  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
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 Originally posted 8/26/2017 on RinconValleyBlog.com


Posted by

Jim Cheney, Broker

"Your Realtor in Rincon Valley"

Wine Country Real Estate

Santa Rosa, Sonoma County


Comments (14)

William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Or hunker down with a cold beer in my air conditioned home

Aug 26, 2017 09:37 AM
Abby Stiller
REMAX Realty Group - Cape Coral, FL
Professional Bilingual Realtor (239) 284-8637

Del Rio Woods Beach seems beautiful and can be a good option. Have a nice weekend my friend Jim Cheney 

Aug 26, 2017 11:01 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Wow, I did not know about any of these when we lived in Napa.  Cruising the Napa River with friends was as cool as it got...or going to SF for the day.   A

Aug 26, 2017 12:37 PM
Gary 'Banana' Houghtaling
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Real Estate Agent

Hey Jim, all those spots look really great to get cooled down. Here in Phoenix at this time of year you can't even use a pool to cool down cause its like bath water. So a lake or the ocean looks really great!

Aug 26, 2017 05:01 PM
Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055

I totally get it Gary 'Banana' Houghtaling .  I remember jumping into a hotel pool in Santa Fe NM, and wondering why they heated the pool in July.  

Aug 26, 2017 05:46 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

What a wonderful selection of places to visit in Sonoma County to cool down from the summer heat, Jim!

I will say - a 4.5 mile hike to Lake Isanjo is definitely do-able...but, that walk back after a day at the lake - I'm afraid someone would have to carry me! LOL 

Aug 26, 2017 10:26 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

So Jim what I would like to find out which one of these five places will you be conducting business from?:))Endre

Aug 26, 2017 11:05 PM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

There are some great places to beat the heat in Sonoma County!  I was out in the sun for a few hours yesterday and it really drained me.

Aug 27, 2017 06:55 AM
Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055

Debe Maxwell, CRS I'm surprised at how many people don't mind the hike, and it's definitly worth it if you plan to stay awhile.  Others horseback ride up or mountain bike.  Of the 5 places I wrote about, Lake Isanjo is my favorite!

Aug 27, 2017 07:43 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Now, I would take the horseback ride up there, Jim! And, I can totally see why it's your favorite! 

Aug 27, 2017 07:45 AM
Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055

Endre Barath, Jr. I"m cat sitting in Marin County while my GF is visiting relatives in Nebraska.  Her apt has a pool so I'm covered!

Aug 27, 2017 07:45 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Jim Cheney - I love this post! All of these beaches and rivers look like something I would enjoy! There's something special about hiking to a place that isn't so crowded. You did a great job on this post! I'm sure people in your area, especially those new to the area will greatly appreciate what you have done. Your presentation was excellent!!!

Aug 27, 2017 07:47 AM
Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055

thank you Patricia Feager .  I've been meaning to write this all summer, and I figured with this heat wave, this might be my last opportunity for it to be relevant.

Aug 27, 2017 07:49 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jim, you DO have many options around Rincon Valley to cool off and enjoy some water!  Great list! 

Aug 27, 2017 08:34 AM