Laguna de Santa Rosa Professional Review and Guide
"The Laguna de Santa Rosa waterway is the main artery in a 250-square-mile watershed between Sonoma Mountain and Sebastopol. It is the largest freshwater wetland on the northern California coast. The river is also the largest and southernmost tributary of the Russian River, extending 22 miles from Cotati to its confluence with the Russian River north of Forestville. The sinuous Laguna de Santa Rosa meanders through a 30,000-acre complex of creeks, pools, and oak woodlands. This area is prime bird habitat and an important stop for migrating waterfowl on the Pacific Flyway. The Laguna de Santa Rosa Wetland Preserve in Sebastopol is among the best places to observe the laguna from the waterway itself. The short and easy trail follows a raised gravel road that passes ponds, marshes, stands of valley oak, black walnuts, Oregon ash, and blackberries, offering sweeping views of the expansive water shed."