The Laguna de Santa Rosa Wetlands Preserve is currently the only public park where visitors can experience the main channel of the Laguna de Santa Rosa. The Laguna is the second largest freshwater marsh in coastal Northern California. There are 200 species of birds found in the Laguna, including bald eagle, osprey and white pelican and it provides an important stopover for thousands of birds migrating along the Pacific Flyway. The Laguna de Santa Rosa is a unique ecological system that is comprised of a mosaic of open water, wetland, riparian forest, oak woodland, grassland and vernal pools.
Just over forty years ago, the Preserve was a municipal dump site, and the ponds were part of the City of Sebastopol’s sewage treatment plant. The preserve represents a community effort to reclaim valuable habitat.
Archeological data also indicates that Southern Pomo had seasonal dwellings in the area and analysis of obsidian tools found nearby indicate that humans have dwelled in the area for at least 10,000 years.
There is a loop trail around the Preserve and in the summer a floating bridge is installed over the Laguna that provides access to an additional 60 acres and walking trails in a valley oak grassland.
Spring is a peak time for birdwatching around the Laguna. Spring also provides increased chances for spotting other wildlife, including: western pond turtles,garter & gopher snakes, river otter.
Vertical Gain or Loss: Flat
Trail Distance: .5 to 2.5 miles
ADA Accessibility Notes
The trail is flat, hard pan and mostly accessible with a wheelchair.
Pet Friendly Notes
Dogs on leash are allowed. Please pick-up after your pet!
For More Information, Contact:
Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation