Canoeing & Kayaking
The best way to see the Russian River is by canoe or kayak. You'll want to plan your trip for between mid-May and September (check with the Russian River Chamber of Commerce at (707) 869-9000 for the dates of the season opening and closing).
If you're bringing your own canoe or kayak, the smartest plan is to bring a second car that you can leave at your final put in spot.
If you are renting a canoe or kayak, most places will pick you up at your final destination.
Or take advantage of the area's knowledgeable guides by booking a tour.
There are points in the Russian River where you may be required to carry your canoe over a dam. If this is something you'd like to avoid, be sure to discuss your preferences with the people you're renting your canoe or kayak from - they will steer you in the right direction.
I had the pleasure of taking a canoe trip down the River with a friend last summer and happily share my experience here.
Located in Downtown Guerneville, King’s has what you need - inflatables, cycling, fishing and hunting gear, sporting goods - and more. We also rent canoes, kayaks and fishing gear!
16258 Main Street, Guerneville, (707) 869-2156
Canoe & Kayak Rentals
Burke's Canoe Trips - Forestville - (707) 887-1222 - burkescanoetrips.com
Johnson's Beach - Guerneville - (707) 869-2022 - www.johnsonsbeach.com
King's Sport - Guerneville - (707) 869-2156 - kingsrussianriver.com
Mirabel RV Park & Campground - Forestville - (707) 887-2383 - mirabelpark.com
Monte Rio Beach - Monte Rio - (707) 865-2487 - mrrpd.org
River's Edge Kayak & Canoe Trips - Healdsburg - (707) 433-7247 - riversedgekayakandcanoe.com
SOAR/Russian River Adventures - Healdsburg - (707) 433-5599 - soar1.com
WaterTreks - Jenner - (707) 865-2249 - watertreks.com
Cloverdale River Park - 31820 McCray Road, Cloverdale
Veterans Memorial Beach - 13839 Old Redwood Hwy., Healdsburg
Riverfront Park - 7821 Eastside Road, Windsor
Wohler Bridge - 9765 Wohler Road, Forestville
Steelhead Beach - 9000 River Road, Forestville
Mom's Beach - 10584 River Drive, Forestville
Sunset Beach - 11403 River Road, Forestville
Johnson's Beach - Downtown Guerneville
Monte Rio Beach - Downtown Monte Rio
Jenner Boat Ramp - Downtown Jenner
(Anywhere you can carry your kayak)
Gualala River's Mouth
Sonoma Coast State Beach