Steelhead Beach

Forestville, California

Steelhead Beach is a destination for summer fun on the Russian River. Swimming, paddling, sunbathing, picnicking, and barbecuing are favorite activities here during warm months. Fishing, birding, and wildlife viewing are popular activities year-round.

Canoes and kayaks can be launched from the beach year-round while a launch for larger craft is available October through mid-May. The seasonal launch requires an annual permit ($45 recreational or $75 commercial) and includes access to a seasonal launch at Wohler Bridge

Steelhead Beach includes several short trails that make a nearly 1-mile loop through woods along the riverbank.

ADA access to developed areas, group picnic areas, path to Russian River.

No fires or barbecuing on the beach.

Parking - $7 or free for Sonoma County Regional Parks members
Hours - 7 AM to sunset
Dogs - Allowed on leash
Phone - Work Ranger Station: (707) 433-1625
Work CA Relay: 711

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • No data available

  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on August 13th, 2019. Russian Riverkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on August 13th, 2019 at 1:33 PM.
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Monitoring Frequency

Steelhead Beach is sampled weekly from June 1st to September 1st.

Source Information

The Sonoma County Department of Health Services, in cooperation with the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board and the Sonoma County Water Agency, monitors bacterial levels in the water at beaches on the Russian River, and also monitors Spring Lake Lagoon in cooperation with the Sonoma County Regional Parks Department. Sampling is conducted once a week each summer between Memorial Day and Labor Day. For current postings, call the Beach Sampling Hotline at (707) 565-6552

Water Quality Graph

Steelhead Beach

Forestville, California

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • No data available
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on August 13th, 2019. Russian Riverkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on August 13th, 2019 at 1:33 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

Steelhead Beach is a destination for summer fun on the Russian River. Swimming, paddling, sunbathing, picnicking, and barbecuing are favorite activities here during warm months. Fishing, birding, and wildlife viewing are popular activities year-round.

Canoes and kayaks can be launched from the beach year-round while a launch for larger craft is available October through mid-May. The seasonal launch requires an annual permit ($45 recreational or $75 commercial) and includes access to a seasonal launch at Wohler Bridge

Steelhead Beach includes several short trails that make a nearly 1-mile loop through woods along the riverbank.

ADA access to developed areas, group picnic areas, path to Russian River.

No fires or barbecuing on the beach.

Parking - $7 or free for Sonoma County Regional Parks members
Hours - 7 AM to sunset
Dogs - Allowed on leash
Phone - Work Ranger Station: (707) 433-1625
Work CA Relay: 711

Monitoring Frequency

Steelhead Beach is sampled weekly from June 1st to September 1st.

Source Information

The Sonoma County Department of Health Services, in cooperation with the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board and the Sonoma County Water Agency, monitors bacterial levels in the water at beaches on the Russian River, and also monitors Spring Lake Lagoon in cooperation with the Sonoma County Regional Parks Department. Sampling is conducted once a week each summer between Memorial Day and Labor Day. For current postings, call the Beach Sampling Hotline at (707) 565-6552

Water Quality Graph

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