Things to Do
Things to do in and around Cloverdale
In addition to a full calendar of Annual Events, and active Arts, Music, and Theater scene, countless vineyards and wineries within a 30 minute drive, and a never-ending list of Year-Round Outdoor Activities, Cloverdale features local businesses that have can make your visit to the area even more fun.
Travelers come to Cloverdale to enjoy all that Northern Sonoma County has to offer; including wine tasting, boating & fishing on Lake Sonoma and the Russian River, biking, hiking the redwoods, day trips to the coast, sky diving and more. For a look at what's happening this month, check out the Cloverdale Chamber Events calendar.
Year-Round Outdoor Activities
Wine Touring & Tasting
You are in the heart of California's Wine Country, and our area abounds with tasting and touring opportunities. Whether you want to stay in Cloverdale or branch out to surrounding Sonoma County or Mendocino County you can't wrong with our local wine offerings.
Cycling It’s hard to beat Cloverdale and Sonoma County as a cycling destination. The range of terrain is so vast that it practically guarantees you’ll never get bored. CycleDale for more information.
Lake Sonoma was created in 1983 by the construction of the Warm Springs Dam. At capacity, the lake covers 2,700 acres and offers 50 miles of coastline. Managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers, over 17,000 acres of lake and surrounding recreation area offer a wide variety of activities, including boating, camping, hiking, mountain bike and horseback riding, fishing and hunting. More than 40 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails meander around the two main arms of the lake. The lake features some of the best bass fishing in the state, along with steelhead, trout, catfish and perch. Lake Sonoma has 109 primitive campsites and two group-use campsites that are accessible by boat and/or trail only. One drive-in campground is also available.
- Download the Lake Sonoma trail map (PDF) Map Credit: UltraRunning magazine
- Download the Lake Sonoma – Rockpile Road area trails detail map (PDF) Map Credit: UltraRunning magazine
The Visitor Center and Fish Hatchery are located at the park entrance and are open to visitors year round. Here, exhibits tell the story of Warm Springs Dam, explain the natural and early history of Dry Creek Valley, and offer a variety of audio-visual and ranger-led programs. Displays in the visitor center focus on the culture of the Pomo tribe of Native Americans - the original inhabitants of the Dry Creek Valley - and their way of life, with particular emphasis on their excellent basket making skills. Call (707) 431-4533 for additional information.
The Congressman Don Clausen Fish Hatchery is located behind the Visitor Center. Visitors can observe the operation of the hatchery and see displays which describe the life cycle of the coho salmon, steelhead and chinook. The hatchery was built to replace and enhance salmon and steelhead spawning grounds. It is a Corps of Engineers hatchery operated by the California Department of Fish and Game. Tours for large groups may be arranged by calling (707) 431-4533.
Cloverdale River Park on the Russian River
Cloverdale River Park offers access to a very scenic stretch along the upper Russian River. A pleasant multi-use trail connects McCray Road to First Street (near Asti Road), and offers convenient points of entry for kayaks, canoers and inner-tubes in the summertime, as well as fishing and wildlife viewing.
Fishing on the Russian River
The Russian River is a year-round fishery. Late Fall begins the Steelhead run, and continues through April. Next comes the "Mighty" Shad, April through June. Summertime is prime time for Smallmouth Bass, Bluegill, and Carp. The Russian River is a "barbless- hook" river all year. Check California Dept. of Fish and Game regulations for specific bag limits and rules. Fishing licenses, rods, reels, bait and tackle are available at: CVS Store, 1111 South Cloverdale Blvd., 707-894-5206.
Visit the Redwoods
The serene, majestic beauty of this Armstrong Redwoods, a short drive from Cloverdale, is a living reminder of the magnificent primeval redwood forest that covered much of this area before logging operations began during the 19th century. Armstrong Redwoods preserves stately and magnificent Sequoia Sempervirens, commonly known as the coast redwood. The reserve includes a visitor center, large outdoor amphitheater, self-guided nature trails, and a variety of picnic facilities. While you can drive into the park, the best way to experience the dramatic effect of the towering redwoods, is to park in the lot at the park entrance and walk in for free. All of the main park features are found along the Pioneer Nature Trail. This trail is a mile and a half long round trip, mostly flat and level with one set of steps.
Although no camping is available in the redwood grove, there is a campground at Austin Creek State Recreation Area, which is adjacent to the park.