Arroyo Sausal Road
Local Phone: (415) 945-1455
The Marin Municipal Water District does not actively promote this pretty lake tucked into the hills of North Marin, probably because there are no facilities (not even trash cans) and it is surrounded by private land.
Fishermen and hikers are few and no boats or swimming are allowed. That said, once you hike over the first ridge and see the lake spread like a postcard below you, you'll know that curiosity has led you to a good place.
Two possibilities for hikes, one on the west side of the dam along the same ranch road that brought you in; and one on the east side of the dam along a trail, used mostly by fishermen, that grows faint and then fades out. Climb to the ridge for forever views.
• Please remember to pack it in, pack it out.
• A tip: the name of the lake is pronounced Soo-la-HOO-lee.
• Dogs must be leashed.
The water district provides these directions from the town of Nicasio:
• Head northwest on Nicasio Valley Road (drive 3.2 miles). Turn right on Point Reyes-Petluma Road (drive 4.3 miles). Turn left onto Hicks Valley Road (2.7 miles). Turn left onto Marshall-Petaluma Road (3 miles). Turn left at 1400 Marshall-Petaluma Road onto Arroyo Sausal road and enter through the gate. Follow the gravel road and turn right at the bridge. Park in the parking lot at the base of the dam (1.4 miles from Marshall-Petaluma Road).
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