State Park Estuary
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 ( June through October)
Fully Staffed Fri-Sun And Holidays: 9AM-4:30 PM
Mon-Thur: 9AM-2 PM
Allow 30 Minutes Prior Activity For Outfitting And Safety Review
Other Options: Guided Tours / Certified Instruction
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
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.
Link: Use Hacienda: Russian River Height & Flow
Our Seasonal River Mouth Restriction Maps
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.
9AM / 11AM / 1PM / 3PM
See Our Route Map!
Spring Into Summer: Flat Water with Possible Afternoon Wind Influence
Ocean Hazards: Know Before You Go!
Estuary And Lower Russian River
(Fall: Wide Unobstructed Slow to Flat River with Tidal Influence)
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
Stand Up Paddleboards (SUPs) $25 hour. Lessons $40 hour
2 Hour Package: Lesson and Rental. $60
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.
Group Shuttle Discount: See Shuttle Chart
Cash Discount: $5 / Group Shuttle Ask!
Child under 40lbs: Free
Third Seat: 1/2 Price / Dogs: + $10
Excess Cleaning: $15 / Cost Of Damages Fees
“No Go Zone” Ticketing & Rescue Fees
Kayak / Canoe / SUP: Non Shuttled: Per Person: 1 Hour $25
Jenner By the Sea: Estuary Loop / Park & Paddle!
No Shuttle Required: 2 hours of enjoying nature, the island and coastal
beaches., seals, whales, otter, many birds. Or an exploratroy 1/2 or Full Day.
2 Hrs 4 Hrs Full Day 24 Hrs 2-Day 3-Day
Single: $40 55 75 85 120 180
Double: $80 110 140 160 220 340
Shuttled Routes: Times: 9AM / 11AM / 1PM / 3PM
Willow Creek: Route Reversible: 2-4 Miles
Just Upstream Of Jenner. Gentle paced exploratory route includes the island loop with good swimming near the Willow Creek river beach. Birding And Wildlife Area. Can be done in 2 hours without island and Goat Rock Beach.
2 Hrs 4 Hrs Full Day 24 Hrs 2-Day
Single: $45 60 80 90 140
Double: $90 110 150 170 270
Duncan Mills or Monte Rio: Reversible: 7-10 Miles
Camping Available: Paddle through the heart of our main wildlife corridor into
Sonoma Coast State Park. Low impact areobic 4 hour route or full day adventure.
4 Hrs Full Day 24 Hrs 2-Day
Single: $65 85 95 145
Double: $110 160 180 280
Guerneville to Monte Rio/Duncans Mills: Morning Shuttle
Often Afternoon upstream winds. Summer Dams: Route Not Reversible.
Popular for hotter climate, less occasional morning fog in early Summer. Good
beach food available at Monte Rio beach. Restrooms & services enroute.
4 Hrs Full Day
Single: $60 80
Double: $110 150
Guerneville: 2-Day: Single: $150 Double: $280
Camping at Casini Ranch Family Campground
or Duncan Mills Camping Club
Forestville & Healdsburg: Multi Day Trips
Ask About 2-4 Day Rentals & Tours
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).
layering and appropriate shoes
small day pack
water & snacks
GPS (Handy for Geocaching)
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 Groups
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