During heavy rains, the Russian River is at risk for flooding. Check the weather report and then check the river water levels. If the bridges are cut off, you may find yourself unable to leave town and facing a power outage. Be safe and be prepared.
In heat waves, the River is at risk for high levels of blue-green algae. When this happens, you don't even want to let your dog in the water. Please be sure to check the River conditions before entering it.