Howarth Park is a great destination for everyone, including families.
The Santa Rosa area is home to several spectacular parks, three of which are within easy biking distance from Creekside Studio. All offer hiking, biking and picnicking, while some feature fishing, boating and a variety of family activities.
Howarth Park– Offering a wide variety of attractions, Howarth Park is a great destination for families, including those with very young children. Located within the park, Lake Ralphine spans 25 acres and features boating lessons, boat rentals, fishing and more.
The lake is home to trout, bluegill, catfish, bass, and a variety of ducks and geese. Howarth also features various rides and attractions, including a miniature steam train, carousel, jump house, animal barn and pony rides.
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Annadel State Park– The park offers miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and trail riding. For wildflower lovers, Annadel Park offers a great variety of flowers from early Spring until early Summer, especially on a hike around Lake Ilsanjo.
Annadel State Park is a favorite for hikers and nature lovers.
The best months to see the park’s wildflowers are April and May, but there are some plants in bloom as early as January and as late as September.
Within the park, Lake Ilsanjo offers excellent fishing for black bass and bluegill. Black bass weighing nine pounds and more have been caught here. A purple plastic worm is a favored bait for the bass, while the bluegill favor garden worms, small crayfish, and grubs.
Note: If you are 16 years of age or older, you must have a California fishing license. Ledson Marsh dries up by late August or early September, and so no fish are found there at that time of year.
Location – The park is located east of Santa Rosa and south of Highway 12 at 5201 Channel Drive (enter via Montgomery Drive), Santa Rosa, CA 95409
Facilities and Activities– Horses and bicycles are allowed only on designated trails. Off-trail riding is not permitted. Drinking water should be carried on the trails. The water in Hunter Springs is suitable for horses only. Motor vehicles are allowed only on the entrance road and in the parking lot within the park. Dogs are allowed only on Channel Drive and in the parking lot. They must be kept on leash at all times and are not allowed on the trails.
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