Golden Old-Time Campout

Apr 17, 2012 | General News

CBA held two old-time campouts in Boonville in 2009 and 2010 but none in 2011. When the board appointed me Old-Time Music Coordinator late last year, one of my tasks was to look for a new location. I received a hot tip about Lake Sonoma and got in touch with Park Ranger Mike Carroll, who just happens to play bluegrass and old-time. The CBA has reserved two group campgrounds at the Liberty Glen camping area for August 23 to 26, 2012. Each group campground should hold up to 100 people; the two campgrounds are adjacent. We have to share the upper campground parking lot with a bike race, which will be held on Saturday, but they know we are coming and might enjoy some of us playing for their barbecue after the race.

The Site

The group campgrounds have rough campsites with no hookups. We will park in the parking lots and set up camp in the many available spots. There are flush toilets, showers, and potable water. The lower camping area has a small amphitheater with wooden bleacher seats and a covered area with picnic tables. The campground is on a ridge between two arms of Lake Sonoma. There are swimming areas a mile hike away or within easy driving range.


The primary activities will be camping, eating, and jamming. We will likely organize a few workshops on Saturday to be announced later. If we decide to hold a square dance, it would have to be outdoors and it might be ad hoc and informal this first year.

The Area

The roads around Lake Sonoma are full of wineries. Cloverdale is 8 miles away and about a 20-minute drive. Healdsburg is 12 miles.


Tickets are available on the CBA website until August 1. After that, tickets will be sold at the gate. No physical tickets will be sent to you so print out your receipt and bring it with you. We will also have a list of advance tickets sold. The URL to buy tickets is If you are typing it in, go to Click Online Tickets at the top. Scroll to the very bottom and click Buy Tickets.

Advance Tickets (before August 1) Gate Tickets

4-day $32 (CBA member) 4-day $40
4-day $35 3-day $30
3-day $22 (CBA member) 2-day $20
3-day $25 1-day $10


From 101 North, take Dry Creek Road (north of Healdsburg) west 12 miles. It becomes Skaggs Springs Road as you go around some curves. When you cross over the bridge, it turns into Rockpile Road which goes to the Liberty Glen camping area, group camping is to the left.

From 101 South, take Dutcher Creek Road (south of Cloverdale) southwest 8 miles. Turn right onto Dry Creek Road and follow directions above.