Whether you want to dip a pole into the water, splash in for a swim, explore by kayak or canoe, the Russian River invites you to discover Sonoma County’s largest and wettest playground.
The river stretches from the Sonoma/Mendocino county line north of Cloverdale to the mouth of the river that empties into the Pacific Ocean. Beaches along the river beckon families who want to splash and swim. Top family beaches are Johnson Beach near Guerneville, and Veterans Memorial Beach in Healdsburg. Rent a craft from Burke’s Canoes and see the river up close. Getaway Adventures offer paddle tours through the Jenner estuary. See harbor seals, herons, egrets and other wildlife on this guided tour. Horse rentals, hiking and cycling trails are available throughout the area. Travel along meadows that are filled with wildflowers, detour slightly from the river to tramp through a redwood forest or casually meander along fields of grazing cattle that gives way to vineyards heavy with grapes on the vines. Take a break at Stumptown Brewery, Guerneville, that combines a hearty lunch and cold brews on a deck overlooking the river. End the day with an elegant dinner with a river view, available at the Village Inn in Monte Rio. Explore the Russian River and the towns that flow through to understand more about the rich communities that make up Sonoma County.