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Year Round Since 2005

Popular Wildlife Spot!

Call to Reserve


Start Times

9AM-2PM Thur - Mon

Hours and days can change to meet weather conditions.

See our weather forecast. 

Used Kayak Sale


Jenner Kayaks

Greater Farallones
National Marine Sanctuary

Kelp Sea Forest

Sonoma Coast
State Park

Rental and Tour
Permits Required

Family Interpretive
Volunteers Since 1985
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Guided Tours
Since 1999

Earth Day Tours
April 20-22

Gift Certificates : Call!
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Ecology, Wildlife, Education
by Suki Waters
Living Classrooms

Since 2005 

Field Research
We Match
Your Curriculum

Safety Training

Russian River Estuary
Marine Protected Area: Ocean and River Nursery
Sharing the best ways to view since 1987
Protected Wildlife Habitat
River Otter, Harbor Seals and Pups, Many Birds

River Mouth Open: Stay 300 ft back from  Deadly River Mouth Currents. Currents upstream of "estuary tidal influence" remain hazardous into May.

Returning to shore safely may not be possible.

"Stay back at least 150 feet" from resting or feeding birds and wildlife by land and water.

Feeding and Disturbing Wildlife Prohibited


Estuary Forecast: 04/15/24: Soft Opening

Free dry bag use and thin outerwear if needed.

Guided Tours or Rentals with Lessons.

Rental Starts: Friendlier with incoming high tides. Start at least 3 hours prior to wind picking up.

Mon-Tue:  Warm, Sunny, Nice: Start 10AM-2PM

Wed-Thur: Partly Sunny, Warm, Nice: Start 10AM-2PM

Fri-Sat:Sunny, Start Early to avoid afternoon winds.

Next Sun-Wed:   Partly Sunny, Warm: Start 10AM-2PM

Popular weekends and  school breaks.

Reservations Required: No act of nature cancellation fees.


Spring:  A mix: Nice as Rain and Cold reduce. Tule fog starts inland. Coastal AMs start clearer and warmer than inland. Some windy PMs. Some high wind days. Estuary currents begin to return to tidal calm shortly after each light rain.

We re-open for temps above 55, during dry weather, and without noticeable currents in the main estuary.  

(See river levels below 9' at Guerneville)


Ocean Tides: Goat Rock Beach    

See our safety page for  apps to track local conditions.

We use 4 apps. No Forecast correctly covers all aspects. Forecasts can and do change. Therefore, nobody can be held responsible for full forecast accuracy.

Romance in Nature

Russian River
Chamber of Commerce

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Become Part of a Fun Community Education
and Outdoor Recreation Safety Team.
Competitive Pay, Client Surge Bonuses!
Extra Hours Available During Education Breaks.
We Reward Your Experience and Efforts!
Call Us! Paid Training / Paid Internships
College Credit / Veterans Encouraged

A Lifeguard Cert: Fastest way to work on the water
Professional Kayak Guide Cert: Fastest best pay

CPR, First Aid, Water Rescue and Lead Guides

Plus a part-time outfitting and communications position.

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Marine Protected Areas
Wildlife and Recreation
In the Most Biologically
Dense Sea Forest
on our Planet

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