kayaks        WaterTreks EcoTours
Sonoma Coast
              State Park Estuary
                    Russian River


          Tourism Activities Funding Education & Research Projects
    "The Most Ecologically Dynamic Section of the Russian River"
         Generations Of Local Experience / Certified Guide Training
        Outdoor emergency service, research and education internships
           In the Coastal Heart of The Greater Farallones Sanctuary

                        Click Here!  Local Weather Forecasts
  Fall Into Winter: Flat Water with Possible Afternoon Wind Influence

                          Available Year Around!
         We recommend reservations a week in advance!
            Reservation Line: 9 AM - 6 PM: 707-865-2249
        Pre-Book For Any Day Of The Year / Drop Ins May Be Possible
Passing Through?   Use Our 2-Way Radio To Reach Office Staff
Welcome to Rural America! 
Onsite location is a Kiosk / Booth

                       Rental Start Times ( Fall into Winter)
                           Fully Staffed Fri-Mon And Holidays: 9AM-2PM
                   Staffed by Advance Reservation: Tue-Thur 10AM-2 PM
        Allow 30 Minutes Prior Activity For Outfitting And Safety Review
                 Other Options:  Guided Tours / Certified Instruction

Safety Limitations:
Often this location is beginner friendly and ideal for first time kayaking or stand up paddle boarding.  However, no outdoor activity can be considered inherently safe. 

Harbor Seal Colony: 50 Yard Restriction: Land & Water
12/21/15: Avoid Open River Mouth Currents
Link: Use Hacienda:   Russian River Height & Flow
Rentals may be restricted to Guided Tours at higher flows and close at 3000 CFS for the Estuary Loop.  Guided Tours and Skills Instruction may be available upstream to 10,000 CFS.
Our Seasonal River Mouth Restriction Maps

Did We Make Up All These Rules And Regulations?    All Providers Are Required To Follow State and Local Boating Laws In Order To Operate.  You are entering a State Park that is also in the heart of the coastal Greater Farallones Sanctuary.  Yes there are wildlife viewing restrictions also associated with an open river mouth flushing into the mighty Pacific Ocean.  The Great News Is:  We specialize in outdoor interpretation and outdoor safety and risk management.  NOAA and State Parks also has set the veiwing limits specifically to allow the best possible viewing of local wildlife while protecting the public from venturing too close to the river mouth.  We track the wildlife daily and cover the best places to view the days activity on an arial view map of the estuary prior to your departure.  Map Link.

Please note disclaimers below:
Although we do our best to track our local weather and water conditions, and provide public access to the same resources we use,
all participants must sign a liability waiver in order to participate.

Seasonal Coastal Wind And River Current Restrictions:
  Kayakers, boaters or stand up paddle boarders may be required to show proof of prior instruction or demonstrate appropriate skills prior to renting during windy or moving water conditons. Guided Tours Are Also A Good Option. Skills Courses Are Avaialble. 

All participants, of any age, must be able to float and swim well enough to assist in their own rescue if they fall out of a boat or kayak, or off of a stand up paddle board.

Did You know? BUI (Boating while under the influence).
It is illegal to operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs in every state. This law pertains to ALL boats (from canoes and rowboats to the largest ships) The use of alcohol is involved in about a third of all recreational boating fatalities.  WaterTreks And The  American Canoe Association (ACA). Guides Are ACA Certification or Equivilent. The ACA has partnered with the US Coast Guard, in helping to improve boating safety in the US, for over 100 years. We also cooperate with our local State Parks and Emergency Services. Because we care abut your safety, as well as the liability risks to our education and research programs, our staff will decline participation to any person under the influence or who insists on consuming to become under the influence while operating any vehicle including a bicycle (CUI). Paddling is a wonderful way to work up an appetite, and thirst, for enjoying the local quisine, wine and microbrews, after your activity.   Ask us about local establishments and entertainment venues.  We want you to have a great time!

Discounts: Gas Rebate For Group Shuttles / Published Discount Tour Dates
Discount Codes:  May be available online or from your local accomodation provider.
Discounts on future activities after taking our beginning instructional courses.  

Kayaks: We provide a wide selection of sit on top, sit in and moving water kayaks for our rentals, tours and instructional courses.

                                          Shuttle Schedule
                                             Changes Seasonally
                                    9AM / 11AM / 1PM / 3PM
See Our Route Map!
Fall Into Winter: Flat Water with Possible Afternoon Wind Influence


                                 Kayak Rentals
    Estuary And Lower Russian River

  (Fall: Wide Unobstructed Slow to Flat River with Tidal Influence) 

                                   Ocean Hazards: Know Before You Go!
            All Activities Are Within The River and Estuary Waters
                          Ocean Beach and Island Hikes / Wildlife and Birding

All Participants Must Honor Federal Regulations For Viewing Wildlife.

         Prices Are Per Kayak / Canoe Same As Double
             Cash Discount: $5 Per Group Credit Card Fee
             Group Shuttle Discount: See Shuttle Chart
                                  Third or 4th seats:
Kayaks are not rated for the wieght of 3 adults, unless you order a custom one and it would be huge. The third seat is meant for a small child or to paddle solo from the middle position.

                     Under 40 lbs in third seat is Free

Third Seat
(Under 12 Sit On Top or Adult in Canoes)
+ Half Price
Dogs: + $5 and cost of equipment if damaged.

On windy days with little river current: 1/2 and 1 day routes that finish in the estuary are reversible to explore with the upstream wind at your back.

Jenner By the Sea: Estuary Loop / Park & Paddle!
Explore the natural ecology, wildlife, island and coastal beaches from within the protection of the Sonoma Coast State Park Estuary. Kayak to multiple locations to walk and explore.

       These are our Non-Shuttled Rates: No Shuttle Required  

            0-2 Hrs   2-4 Hrs   4-8 Hrs   24 Hrs    2-Day     3-Day
 Single:   $30        45           60          65         110         160
$60        80         105        115         200         290
Willow Creek: Estuary Exploration:  Reversible: 2-4 Miles
Just Upstream Of Jenner. Gentle paced exploratory route includes the island loop and has good swimming near the Willow Creek river beach. Birding and Wildlife Area. Can be done in  2  hours to circle the island and view wildlife from the water rather than stopping to explore.  (Shuttled)

               0-2 Hrs       2-4 Hrs       4-8 Hrs      24 Hrs
 Single:    $35              50                 65               70
Double:    $65              90               115             125      

Duncan Mills or: River to Coast: Reversible: 7-10 miles
Monte Rio:
Paddle through the heart of our main wildlife corridor into Sonoma Coast State Park.  A low impact areobic 4 hour route or full day Adventure.  2 Day Duncan Mills Camping Available. (Shuttled)

              2-4 Hrs      4-8 Hrs         24 Hrs        2-Day
 Single:  $55               70                75              115
Double:  $95             125              135              210

Non Reversible Routes:           (Morning Only Shuttles)
Start Early to Avoid Seasonal Afternoon  Winds 

Vacation Beach To Duncan Mills:  6 Miles
Summer Season Fun In The Sun:
Route Not Reversible.
Popular for Hotter Temperatures or Less Occasional Morning Fog in Early Summer. Good Beach Food available at Monte Rio Beach.  Restrooms & Services Enroute.
              2-4 Hrs       4-8 Hrs        24 Hrs       2-Day
 Single:   $60              80                80             120
Double: $105            135              145             220

Forestville & Healdsburg: 

Guerneville: Johnsons Beach or Parkers Resort Camping

Single:   $125
Double:   $230

Forestville & Healdsburg: Multi Day Trips
Ask About 2-4 Day Rentals & Tours
Forestville: Camping

Guerneville: Camping or accomodations with river and hot tub access.
Duncans Mills: Camping
Jenner: State Park camping or accomodations with hot tub access.

Multi Day Guided Instructional Tours: 


Camping: With Breakfast and Dinner Camp Meals And Packed Lunches.


A Combination of Camping And Vacation Rentals: With Packed Lunches.

Breakfast And Dinner:

Can Be A Combination Of Camp Food And Meals At Vacation Rentals


Dining At Local Establishments (Within Walking Or Kayaking Distance Or By Group Van Shuttle).

Usefull Items:

layering and appropriate shoes
small day pack
water & snacks
GPS (Handy for Geocaching)
waterproof camera

Shuttle Routes: Logistics & Transport: With Carbon Offsets. Includes Route Map, Weather Forecast, Ecological Interpretation, & Route Safety Suggestions (Shuttle Fee is include in our rental rates.)
Average Water Time        Driving Time   Route Fees 
Hours: Low Flow / High Flow   Minutes    Per Kayak  
Per Van Trip
Healdsburg - Forestville:         5.5 / 3       80   (Multi-day Route)    $120
Forestville -
Guerneville:            5 / 2.5    40               $35                $70   
Guerneville -
Monte Rio:            3 / 1.5    30               $25                $ 50
Vacation Beach-
Duncans Mills: 4 / 2       25               $20                $ 40   
Monte Rio -
Willow Creek:         5 / 2.5     20               $15                $ 30    
Monte Rio -
Jenner:                6.5 / 3        20               $15                $ 30     
Duncans Mills -
Jenner:         4-5 / 2        25               $15                $ 30
Willow Creek -
Jenner:           2-4 / NA     10               $10                $ 20   
Own Kayaks and gear:    +  $10 per kayak  
$20 Group Discount Rate



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