The dam has gone through several renovations over the years, including the construction of a fish ladder by the Sonoma County Water Agency to provide fish passage during the months the dam is in place. Regulatory issues surrounding the dam and fish ladder continue to be a part of the annual installation of the dam and the operation and maintenance of the facility. However, resolving engineering and environmental conditions directly related to the dam and fish ladder is not part of this master plan process.
Regulatory requirements and current conditions will need to be identified in the master plan, the environmental document, and resource management plan, but regulatory agencies, through the permit process, will continue to update and place conditions on the installation of the dam and the beach grading. While the dam and fish ladder are not part of this specific Master Plan process, portage around the dam and fish ladder for kayaks, canoes, small boats, and other flotation devices will need to be identified and evaluated as part of the master plan, environmental document, and resource management plan.
There are 5 parcels, totaling approximately 11.53 acres, that were acquired by the County over a period of years between 1948 and 1964 to create the park. Two of the parcels extend into the Russian River which impacts the usable land base, especially when the dam is installed. The majority of the upland area is above the 100 year flood plain.