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Spring Lake Water Bark Kickoff
September 8

Aug 30, 2018


The Spring Lake Water Bark, a leash-free day for dogs to swim and romp on the sand, kicks off at the Spring Lake Swimming Lagoon on Saturday, September 8. Water Bark days will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on September 8-9, 16, 22-23 and 29-30. No Water Bark will be held on Saturday, September 15 because Spring Lake will be busy with a cross country meet that day.

Entry fees for the Water Bark are $5 per dog for Sonoma County Regional Parks’ members and $7 per dog for non-members. Parking is free for members or $7 per vehicle for non-members. For convenience, attendees may purchase tickets online in advance at To speed up admission into the Water Bark, we recommend that guests print and sign the online waiver and bring it to the Water

Water Bark offers a convenient season pass

Like last year, dog owners can purchase a non-transferable season pass for $30. Season pass holders will be issued their very own plastic membership card, complete with a dog ID photo, valid for all September 2018 Water Bark dates. The season pass saves Water Bark guests money and reduces the time needed for dogs and their owners to check in.

The Water Bark will kick off on September 8 with free treats and tennis balls for the first 300 dogs. In addition, new sponsor Stanley Steemer has provided 100 “rally towels” to help dry off dogs after their swim.

Popular local photographer Julie Vader will take photos at the Water Bark on September 22 and 23, and they will subsequently be for sale at Julie Vader Photography donates half of all proceeds from Water Bark sales to the nonprofit Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation.

In addition, the Water Bark itself benefits the Parks Foundation, which funds projects throughout Sonoma County Regional Parks. Regional Parks is renowned for offering more than 50 dog-friendly parks in the county.

The Spring Lake Water Bark is held in the park’s swimming lagoon. The lagoon is free of blue-green algae, which is sometimes present at other local bodies of water during the summer. The lagoon is slightly chlorinated and filtered to ensure safe water for the dogs. 

Sponsors of the Spring Lake Water Bark include Stanley Steemer, Paradise Pet Resorts, AcCounting OnComputers, Green Valley Consulting Engineers, Mary’s Pizza Shack, and radio stations The Wolf and KZST.


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