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.