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Water Bark

Spring Lake Water Bark Returns
with Seven Dates in 2017

Aug 29, 2017


Water Bark offers new, convenient season pass 

The Spring Lake Water Bark, which allows dogs to swim and play off-leash at the Spring Lake Swimming Lagoon, will take place on seven dates this fall. Water Bark events will be held on September 9-10, 17, 23-24 and 30, as well as October 1. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. No Water Bark will be held on Saturday, September 16 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

In addition, this year, for the first time ever, 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 and October 2017 Water Bark dates.

“We are so pleased to respond to several common requests from dog owners at last year’s Water Bark,” noted Melissa Kelley, executive director of the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation. “We heard loud and clear that guests wanted more dates for their dogs to swim, and we’ve nearly doubled the number of dates since 2016. We also received many requests for a season pass, which not only saves visitors money, but also reduces the time it takes to enter the Water Bark on return visits.”

The Spring Lake Water Bark benefits the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation, which funds projects in Sonoma County Regional Parks, including the construction of new trails to be enjoyed by dogs and their owners.

Returning to the Water Bark this year is photographer Julie Vader, who took extensive photos of dogs enjoying the Water Bark in 2016. Julie will take photos of dogs at the Water Bark on the mornings of September 9, 10, and 30 and the afternoons of September 23 and 24, as well as October 1. She posts all photos on her website,, with 50% of photo sales benefiting the Parks Foundation.

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 the Russian River during the summer. The lagoon is slightly chlorinated and filtered to ensure safe water for the dogs.

Photo by Julie Vader Photography



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