| Gateway to the
Russian River & Sonoma Coast
Where the river meets the waves
in the heart of "Sonoma Coast State Park"
and "The Greater Farallones Sanctuary"
Servicing over 20 miles of river and "Specializing in our wildlife rich estuary and "Managed Marine Recreation Area"
Join us on the water for a unique Sonoma County perspective.
Open Year Around By Reservation!
Our activities support education and research
Estuary Update: 04/24/17: Recent Rains are projected to ease with sun returning midweek and heating up for the weekend. Morning activities are best to avoid periodic afternoon winds. Check our forecasts and links to avoid occasional and seasonal early wind days. Saturday may be the hottest and calmest day of the week.
What's Hot Now?
Spring Break Activities
Explore Russian River wildlife and history:
We are hiring! Waiting until after finals to apply is too late. We work with your schedule until after finals.
Gift An Adventure: Certificates By E-Mail
Foraging River Otter: Youtube
New and Used Kayak & Paddle Clearance Sale!
Whales, Dolphins, Harbor Seals!
CTA and Accomodation Provider Free Tour: Share Your Experience!
Fund Raising Tours: Help rebuild our State Park Visitor Center
Videos & Reviews
Weekend Sherpa KQED Quest
Estuary / Otter / Mammoth / Whales
Follow us: Google Places / Yelp / Facebook / WaterTalk
Reservation Line: Daily 8 AM - 6 PM 707-865-2249
Please call 48 hours in advance and earlier for groups sized 10 to 30.
Seasonal Rental Hours: Fall into Spring
Mid September through Mid May: Open Year Around: Weather and Water Permitting
Kayak And SUP Rentals
Rental Starts: 9 AM - 2 PM
Staffed: Fri, Sat, Sun,
Open and staffed by advanced reservation: Mon -Thur
We're Popular: Walks ups possible when open, but not guaranteed.
To ensure a seat: Reserve 48 hours prior and sooner for larger groups.
See our Google Map Routes.
Multi-Day Routes: Forestville, Guerneville to Jenner.
2 Hour to Full Day Routes: Monte Rio, Jenner by the Sea
Most routes include the opportunity to explore our
Estuary, Island and Goat Rock Beach "Marine Protected Area".
Guided Estuary Wildlife Tours: Morning 9 AM
Harbor Seals, Otter, Sea Lions, Bald Eagle, Whale...
Reservations required. Group discounts. We offer interpretive kayak and hike tours with lessons for inquisitive paddlers.
Seasonal: Sunset, Full Moon & Glowing Plankton
Call for Seasonal tour hours and dates
Join Our Scheduled Group Event Tours: $20 Off!
Know Before You Go
"Managed Marine Recreation and Marine Protection Area"
Restricted Harbor Seal And Sea Bird Resting Area
Keeping them healthy keeps us healthy.
100 Yard Restriction: Land & Water
Avoid Open River Mouth Currents
Check our forecast links or call for activity updates.
Weather, Wind & Surf: Goat Rock Beach Tower
Ocean Water Temperatures: Bodega Bay Station
Russian River Height & Flow: "Use Hacienda For Estuary"
River Hieght Forecast
Our Seasonal River Mouth Restriction Maps
Share your experience / Paddle Partners / Buy / Sell / Trade
WaterTalk Bulletin Board
Internships, Training and Experience for Future
Outdoor Emergency Service, Researchers and Educators.
Apply now for paid and volunteer positions
Staff & Intern Training: Join us in practice and group certifications.
Your activities help support
"The Living Classrooms Project" "Sonoma Coast Watch"
Volunteer: Plankton Sampling Algal / Plankton Bloom Map
Most of our activities are within Sonoma Coast State Park
Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods: State Park volunteer and community education activities. Join us in supporting their efforts. State Park Docent or Community Education Seminars
Save Our State Parks: Join us in helping to fund, restore and preserve our public access.
The Russian River Chamber of Commerce: Local Resources
American Canoe Association : Join Our Kayak Skills & Guide Training
America Outdoors Association: Professional Recreation Providers
American Red Cross: Join Our CPR / First Aide Instruction
Specialized Rescue Inc: Swiftwater/Flood Rescue Technicians II
We look forward to sharing the water with you!
Year Round Activities: Book early to ensure availability
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