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Russian River  Canoe, Kayak, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information

 Prepare for a wide variety of enjoyable adventures when you embark on a remarkable paddling journey down the Russian River in Sonoma County. From hiking tkayaking the russian riverhrough the magnificent redwood forests, to kayaking along the Russian River, to watching whales at the spectacular Sonoma Coast, the Russian River area has so much to experience and enjoy.

The Russian River is fed by the Van Arsdale Reservoir on the upper Eel River. The river begins five miles east of the town of Willits in Mendocino County and travels south past the town of Healdsburg before turning west where it eventually ends at the Pacific Ocean. While enjoying a leisurely paddle along the tranquil waters, take in the picturesque scenery and surrounding flora.  From Cloverdale in the north, Sonoma County’s Russian River meanders through a handful of towns and travels westward until it joins the Pacific Ocean at Jenner.

Mild Class I currents, sandbars, and riffles need to be negotiated as the river snakes its way through beautiful stretches of forests, pastures and valleys.

The Class I section of the Russian River runs for over 50 miles, beginning below the town of Healdsburg and extending to the Pacific Ocean at the town of Jenner. When paddling on any river, be mindful of possible white water conditions.

While some people are happy to stand on the bank with a fishing pole in hand, others are more adventurous and take to the river in a kayak or canoe.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 58 63 63 70 74 79 86 83 82 77 66 58
Low 39 41 42 44 47 50 62 52 52 48 42 38

Open: October to Mid-May weather permitting.


Cloverdale River Park: 13839 Old Redwood Highway, Healdsburg
From Highway 101 northbound, exit Healdsburg Avenue. kayaking the russian riverFrom southbound Highway 101, exit Old Redwood Highway. Day-use fee.

Riverfront Regional Park: 7821 Eastside Road, Windsor
From Highway 101 northbound, take the Central Windsor exit. Take Windsor River Road west to Eastside Road, turn left, traveling south. The entrance is on your right. There's a day-use fee.

Wohler Bridge: 9765 Wohler Road, Forestville
Open October through mid-May.  Car top boat launch access. Access to the river is from a parking lot on the west side of the bridge. Day-use fee.

Steelhead Beach: 9000 River Road, Forestville
Boat launch access to the Russian River for kayaks, and canoes.  Open from sunrise to sunset. There is a day use fee to park.

Sunset Beach River Park: 11403 River Road, Forestville
Open daily from sunrise to sunset. Located just west of Mirabel Road on the south side of River Road.  Restrooms and picnic areas. Day-use fee to park. Hand launch access.

Jenner:  Access is at the boat ramp located at the mouth of the Russian River.

The Best Places to Kayak in California Guide BookMonte Rio Community Beach: 20488 Highway 116, Monte Rio
This public beach is beneath the Bohemian Highway bridge across from the Rio Theater. Inner tubes, umbrellas, chairs and boat rentals are available. Parking is free.





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