Lake Ralphine

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Lake Ralphine
Lake Ralphine 3586.jpg
waterfowl on Lake Ralphine, 2010
Location Sonoma County, California
Coordinates 38°27′18″N 122°40′01″W / 38.455°N 122.667°W / 38.455; -122.667Coordinates: 38°27′18″N 122°40′01″W / 38.455°N 122.667°W / 38.455; -122.667[1]
Type reservoir
Primary outflows a tributary of Spring Creek[1]
Catchment area 0.15 sq mi (0.39 km2)[1]
Basin countries United States
Surface area 19 acres (7.7 ha)[1]
Water volume 387 acre·ft (477,000 m3)[1]
Surface elevation 256 ft (78 m)[2]
Settlements Santa Rosa
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Lake Ralphine is a reservoir in Howarth Memorial Park in the city of Santa Rosa, in the U.S. state of California.


The California Department of Fish and Wildlife stocks the lake annually with trout of catchable size.[3] Other fishes found in the lake include bass, bluegill, and catfish.[4]


The lake is formed by an earthen dam which dates back to 1882.[1] It was built by the Santa Rosa Water Works Company under the supervision of Col. Mark Lindsay McDonald, and was named after his wife.[1]


The lake is encircled by trails (Eagle Scout Trail and Old Fisherman's Trail) which connect to the Howarth Park parking lot off of Summerfield Road. Horses and motorized vehicles are not allowed on these trails.[5]

In season, kayaks, paddle boats, canoes, rowboats, and sailboats are available for rent, and there is a launch ramp for private boats.[6]

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