The Lakes of Sonoma State

Sonoma State has three campus lakes, two located near the Art Building and the third in Beaujolais Village.

The University Lakes occupy part of the north side of campus near the creek and are home to the Grand Willow, one of the oldest trees on the Sonoma State University campus, planted during the original landscaping and development. For many of those in the SSU community, the Grand Willow represents the beginning of Sonoma State's growth from a small and relatively unknown State College to the reputable university that it is today.


The largest lake became known as the Duck Pond, and was a notorious skinny-dipping spot in the 1960s.