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Russian River Estuary

River Mouth Closed: Lake Like Slowly Rising Water

Do Not Approach Closed River Mouth Area

  50 Yard Minimum River Mouth Restriction:

Marine Protected Area: Ocean and River Nursery.

Birds, Seal Pups, Otter, Whale, Wildlife In Plenty.

"Wildlife Habitat" and "Wildlife Access to Ocean". "Stay back at least 150 feet" from the river mouth and from "any" resting or feeding wildlife. Feeding Prohibited.

Estuary Micro-Climate: Forecast or Live Now

11/26/2022: Moderate Temps. Lows are warmer than inland. AMs heat up sooner. Overcast to Full Sun. Expect Changes.

Water resistant outerwear help to stay comfy just in case. Ask. We have some along with drybags free to use.

Sat:  Calm continues. Temps to high 60s .

Sun: Calm Morning, Temps a little lower. Breezy 5 PM.

Mon-Tue: Breezy to High Winds. Wed- Fri: Cold. Closed

Next Weekend: Temps may remain cold as conditions calm.

December:  Plenty of nice outdoor days in between sporadic, but not heavy, rain or cooler conditions.

Families with children or first time paddlers.

Ask for best times per forecast.

​​  Ocean Temps: Goat Rock Sea Temp 57.2 °F 

  Ocean Tides: Goat Rock Beach

 

Fall : Calm is Common "in Jenner":  Occasionally: Wind from WNW and NW directly hits us. Periods of high waves can also close the river mouth. Periods of light to moderate rain.

"This is a curving river".  "Farther Upstream"  may have PM winds when the estuary does not.  Paddlers can become "exhausted or stranded" fighting  winds on many California rivers. 

  

Check Back  : Forecasts can change.

 

Winter : Calm is Common "in Jenner": Wind from E,S, or W is  calmer.  Occasionally: WNW and NW can bring strong winds,   short periods of light to moderate rain, and occasional periods of high waves can also close the river mouth.

The estuary has many calm days, but "this is a curving river".  "Farther Upstream"  may have PM winds when the estuary does not.  Paddlers can become "exhausted or stranded" fighting  occasional very early winds on many California rivers. 

​"Long downstream trips" Start / Finish Early on Windy Days

A full list of our seasonal weather and river flow limitations, and what conditions cause periodic closures, can be found here.

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Many of our wildlife photos are contributed by Bob Noble.

See Bob's Eyes...

Suki Waters captures most of the wildlife and scenic video.

See contributions also from

George Scott Zastrow Photography

We welcome contributions from our clients and friends.

Resuming Evening
Sunset
Full Moon
and
Night Bioluminescent
Tours

 
As soon as we are again
fully staffed.


Hiring:
CPR, First Aid, Water Rescue
Renew your certifications
to be part of a fun community education and recreational safety team.


Fees Covered with Seasonal or Annual Employment Agreement.
Competitive Pay
We Reward Your Experience!

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Watertrek's

Jenner Kayaks

Wildlife Adventures By Kayak

Rentals Since 2005

Interpreting for State Parks Since 1987

Partnering with the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.

At the Russian River Estuary

Where the River meets the Sea.

We share the best ways to view the wildife!

Marine Protected Area

State Park Waivers / Federal Regulations

Reserve: Year Round!

Activities throughout the year...

(Weather and water permitting)

Please see our micro-climate forecast

on the side bar of this page.

We can fully book for any

Weekend, School Break or Holiday!

Waiting Lists Available: Call Us

Fully Outfitted: Kayak, Paddle, Safety Vest, Dry bags and a "limited" amount of thin Water Resistant Outerwear (Tops and Pants) are free to use. Your own will fit better.  Childs 6/7 to Adult XXXL. Please reserve your size if not bringing your own.

Our Rates and Current Hours are Listed Below

Our "Required Notifications

"for the "Marine Protected Area"

"Our Tourism Activities Fund

Education, Research and Paid Internships"

Thank you for your support!

Possibly Closed November 30th - December 4th per rain or cold. Forecasts change more than three days out.

Open Most Thursdays -Mondays: Rentals Closed Most Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Tues and Wed: Included Holiday weeks and to make up for rain or wind closures.

Guided Tourism Tours are still closed... until fully staffed.

Closed for temp highs below 54 degrees, moderate to heavy rain and high winds.

(Short Staffed And Hiring!)

Join our team and help us "Fully" reopen.

Sonoma Safe: Breathe Freely On The Water

 

Heavily Visited Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Area.

Crowded Conditions Can Happen At Any Time In Jenner.

We maintain limits on the number of households for check in and safety reviews each half hour. This allows everyone space to meet their comfort level and to have a great time, without feeling crowded.

This also helps prevent future viral spreading events that could infect our staff or clients and could cancel all activities while we recuperate.

We have staff who are over the age of 60

or who are breathing compromised

or who have family members who are at risk.

We want to keep working and having fun with you.

 

Track local rates of Covid, Flu and RSV viruses, when available.

National Waste Water Monitoring Page

The Current Covid Infection Rate Is: Moderately Low and Rising

The current RSV rate is high for children under age 2 and a risk for the elderly.

During Periods Of High Viral Infection Rates...

Our Staff Wear Masks

Non-Vaccinated Clients: Please Be With Your Same Household Only.

You are welcome to wear a mask.

Everyone: Social Distancing Required With Our Staff and Our Other Clients.

​​"Vaccination Card Benefits" 

 Show Vaccine Cards and IDs To Create Your Own Mixed Household Group.

We accept Guided Tour requests for Stable Groups only.

 

Reserve Early

Popular Start Times Can Fill Up Quickly

Exact times required.

Outfitting and Safety Review Time Slots

Weekends and Holidays: Every Half Hour

Weekdays: Every Hour

"On Time Mandatory To Not Overlap"

If you're late, you may have to wait.

(Walk Up / And Same Day Reservation Wait Times: Can vary from 15 to 120 minutes for available seating and safety review openings.)

​Don't Show Up If You Feel Sick, Have A Cough, Or Have A Temperature

To Avoid Cancellation Fees: Please Call Immediately.

We'll give you a cell number to text a photo of your positive test to.

Our landline reservation phone cannot accept texts.

  

Sonoma County Current Covid Positive Test Rate: Link

New cases: Since in-home testing, Positive Case Reports are lower than the Test Rate.

Russian River Estuary And Marine Protected Area

"Know Before You Go"

Ocean Beach and Island Hikes / Wildlife and Birding

An operate by permit only location.
(See "Safety Limitations Below". Compliance Mandatory )

All Activities Remain At Your Own Risk


Client Monitoring For “State Marine Recreation Management Area”

With 'Federal Wildlife Protection"

Not Respecting the Recommendations of our Staff, or

Local Regulations, our Access Partners, and our Other Participants

Can result in injury, death, fines, or loss of participation.

All Boating Is Within The Protected River and Estuary Waters.

 

Excess Cleaning: + $20: Return as received: A little wet and sandy is fine.

No: Trash, excess mud, food scraps, etc.

 "Potentially infectious waste" Litter and Trash: Masks, tissues, etc. + $50

  • Cost Of Damages or Replacement Fees: To avoid damages...

    • Pull by handles only, not by stowage cords.

    • Don't melt our kayaks with lighters or cigarette butts.

    • Don't break paddles by using them as shovels or to shove off.

    • Step on foot areas only, not on hulls or seats.

    • Don't lose and return all kayak parts and gear.

  • “No Go Zone” Rescue & Ticketing Fees: Pay Attention To Safety Reviews: "Protected Harbor Seal and Sea Bird Resting Area". Do not enter "or approach" roped off areas. Stay back 50 yards, (150 feet). State or Federal fines for disturbing resting seals and sea birds can be up to $10,000. None of us wants you to be charged extra fees. Private paddlers have also been gravely inured by entering river mouth or ocean currents at this location. Deadly results, or being banned from renting in the park, can happen if you enter this area. Join us in modeling respectful behavior. 

  • Leave No Trace: Please, benefit rather than harm the areas we visit. This area is protected. No littering! Leave only foot prints and take only photos and memories.

  • Boating under the influence (BUI) = fines.  Being under the influence of mind altering substance is not allowed.  Participants showing up under the influence will be cancelled. Becoming under the influence on the water may be subject to ticketing and being banned from renting in the park.  Kayaking is great for working up an appetite, or thirst, for enjoying local cuisines, wine tasting or micro-brews "after your activity".

  • Cancellation Fees: No Shows: Full Price.

  • To avoid last minute cancellation fees: Call us in time to allow others on a waiting list, to be contacted, to use your seats.

  • Rentals: Call at least 24 hours in advance.

  • Guided Tours and Large Groups: At least 72 hours in advance.

  • Or provide 'proof of illness': We won't immediately charge. Instead we allow time for clients to provide a copy of a doctors note or positive covid test.

  • No "Act of Nature" Cancel fees: High wind, rain, fire, pandemic closures. We call you. 

Main Rules : Pay Attention, Be Nice and Have Fun!
  Kayak Rentals

Fall into Winter:

Rental Start Times

Popular and Short Staffed: Reserve Early.

You may need to leave a message during peak hours.

Thursday - Monday:  10AM - 1PM

Closed Most Tuesdays and Wednesdays until fully staffed.

Holiday School Breaks: Open Tuesdays and Wednesdays by Reservation.

 

Fall into Spring

Expect calm days with occasional windy afternoons.

Rainy or cold conditions happen but are generally sporadic and not constant

with plenty of days to enjoy nice conditions.  Coastal climate low temps remain higher than inland. We generally warm up earlier in the day and don't experience inland Tule Fog.

(Hours and Days May Change per Weather Forecasts,

Seasonal Daylight and Temperature.)

See our micro-climate forecast updates

On the left side bar.

 

Reservations Required

Jenner: Very Limited Internet and Cell Service

Rural Land Line: No texts

Call: 9 AM - 6 PM Daily

1-707-865-2249

Reserve Early and Be Timely:

Safety Review: Exactly 15 minutes after your reservation time.

Arrive Early To Find Parking

If you're too late to participate in your scheduled check-in and safety review, you may have to wait between 30 to 120 minutes for another opening.

Schools and Large Groups: Reservations available months in advance.

Rates: Non-Shuttled

Full Price List Below: Multiple Hour and Midweek Discounts.

*Holiday Rates on Holiday Mondays and Fridays


Non-Shuttled Rates

Rates are per each adult or child seating.

(See Single Prices For Adult Rates)

Full Outfitting Included

 

Children Under 12: Half Price
Dogs: + $10 (
No Dogs Near Protected Wildlife Habitat)

 

Add 30 minutes prior to your "water time" for all rentals:

This is your reserved check-in and safety review time.

All rentals Include: Kayak, Paddle, Life Vest, Drybag and Safety Review Lesson.

Thin Water Resistant Outerwear may be available during cooler months.

WaterTreks' Jenner Kayaks and State Park Liability Waivers Required

Jenner By the Sea: Estuary Loop / Park & Paddle!
No Shuttle Required: 2-4 hours of paddling with wildlife, exploring the island and walking coastal beaches. Wildlife include seals and their pups along with a wealth of bird species including raptors. Sea birds are seen daily especially in their protected resting area. River Otter, are often present with occasional sightings of Fox, Bobcat, Mink and Muskrat. Seasonal trends and fish runs also bring Sea Lions, Whales, dolphins, pelagic birds and both Brown and American White Pelicans.

Adult Rates: Ask about discounts for families with children, seniors,

schools, youth groups, military, emergency service, and hospital staff.


  Total Time:     2.5 Hrs

Water Time:     2    Hrs

Midweek:
         Single:  $50 (Adult. Ask for child discount.)

       Double: $100 (2 Adults. Ask for child discount.)

Weekends and Holidays*

        Single:  $55 (Adult. Ask for child discount.)

      Double: $110 (2 Adults. Ask for child discount.)

Total Time:  4.5 Hrs

     Water Time:     4 

      Midweek:

              Single:  $70

            Double: $140 (2 Adults. Ask for child discount.)

Weekends and Holidays*

        Single:  $75 (Adult. Ask for child discount.)

      Double: $150 (2 Adults. Ask for child discount.)

 

 

Total Time:  Full Day (Not recommended without a shuttle)

     Water Time:  5-8 Hrs  (We are short staffed and not shuttling)

      Midweek:          

              Single:  $90

            Double: $180 (2 Adults. Ask for child discount.)

Weekends and Holidays*

        Single:  $95 (Adult. Ask for child discount.)

      Double: $190 (2 Adults. Ask for child discount.)

Useful Items To Bring:

sunscreen

sunglasses

wide brimmed hat or cap
layering and water friendly shoes
small waterproof day pack or use our drybags
water & snacks
binoculars
GPS (Handy for Geocaching)
waterproof camera

​​​​Shuttled Routes: Group Shuttle Discount: 4+: Ask!

Not Available: Still Short Staffed Since Covid-19.

We will update prices when we can resume shuttles.

Hiring Since May of 2020

Note: 90% of our activities are not shuttled.

48 hour advanced shuttle reservation required.

Shuttles and guided tours can resume once mask and social distancing recommendations are lifted. Please help reach herd immunity and to reduce virus variants. Wear you mask, social distance, and get vaccinated as soon as possible. We look forward to resuming full activities and your efforts in your daily lives can help us all to get there. Stay safe and thank you for your participation.

 

Willow Creek:  Route Reversible: 2-4 Miles
Shuttle Times: 9 AM / 11 AM / 1PM

Just Upstream Of Jenner. Gentle paced exploratory route includes the island loop with good swimming near the Willow Creek Campground beach. Birding And Wildlife Area. 

      

                          4.5 Hrs     Full Day

On the water:      4             Return by last return time. 

           Single:      $80           $100           
         Double:    $160         $200


Duncan Mills or Monte Rio: Reversible: 7-10 Miles
Shuttle Times: 9 AM

For Duncan Mills Campers: Paddle through the heart of our main wildlife corridor into Sonoma Coast State Park.  Low impact aerobic 4 hour route " with not much time to explore estuary wildlife" or full day adventure. Monte Rio is a full day trip.

  
Duncan Mills:   5 Hrs  or  Full DayMonte Rio: Full Day Only

On the water:      4            Return by last return time.  

           Single:    $ 90             $110        
        Double:    $180            $220     

 
Guerneville to Monte Rio or Duncan Mills: 3-8 Miles

Route does not require  lifeguard safety monitoring for the Marine Protected Area.

May require an extra Shuttle Vehicle and extra Guerneville Staff, which may not be available. Or call Kings Sport in Guerneville. They cover this Summer route.


October through April: Shuttle Times: 9 AM / 11 AM
Includes access fees: Possible afternoon upstream winds. Summer Dams, Occasional River Currents: Route Not Reversible.
Reserve for GV Staff: Warmer and less occasional fog in early Summer.  Restrooms and good beach food available at Monte Rio beach starting in mid May to June.

 

Duncan Mills:   4.5 Hrs  or  Full Day:  Monte Rio: Full Day Only

On the water:      4               Return by last return time. 

Single:               $75              $95           

Double:            $150            $190    

Multi Day Rentals: Finishing In Jenner "Marine Protected Area"

Included: Map of Jenner with wildlife and safety restrictions.

Guerneville to Jenner: Camp overnight at Duncans Mills: Casini Ranch Family Campground or Duncans Mills Camping Club : Requires advanced planning and reservations with us and your campground.

  2 Day:  Single:   $180    Double:   $350

Start: Forestville or Healdsburg:      2 - 4 Day Custom Trips

Requires advanced planning and reservations with us and your accommodations.      

 
Accommodations:
Forestville: Camping
Guerneville: Camping or accommodations with river and hot tub access.
Duncans Mills: Camping
Jenner: State Park camping or accommodations with hot tub or sauna access.

 

 

Multi Day Guided Instructional Tours: More details on our tour page.

Include:

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

Or

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 Or

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

See Rental Routes For Rentals With Shuttle Included

Additional Personal  Kayaks: Join Family Or Friends Renting Our Equipment:

Personal Kayaks Cannot Exceed Equal Number of Rentals: +  $15 per person.

Full group cannot exceed van seating. Current Seating: 7 people.

Not Available: Still Short Staffed Since Covid-19.

We will update prices when we can resume shuttles.

Hiring Since May of 2020

Shuttle Only With Your Own Equipment

Full List

Must Reserve: At least 72 hours in advance. Meet time is 8 AM.

Full group cannot exceed van seating. Current Seating: 7 people.

Reserve a month in advance for larger options.

Logistics & Transport: Includes: 

Route Map, Weather Forecast, Ecological Interpretation, & Route Safety Suggestions. (Shuttle fee included in our rental rates.)
Be ready to load your equipment on our arrival.

Our staff have other clients waiting for their service on most days. Shuttle fees include our vehicle costs plus staff hours. (Delays may include extra staff time fees.)

 
                       Average Water Time      Driving Time     Route Fees           Groups
             Hours: Low Flow / High Flow     Minutes            Per Kayak        Per Van Trip
Healdsburg               5.5 / 3                         80         (Multi-day Route)         $180
Forestville                   5 / 2.5                       40                     $50                   $100   
Guerneville                 3 / 1.5                       30                     $45                   $ 90
Vacation Beach           4 / 2                          25                     $40                   $ 80 
Monte Rio                6.5 / 3                          20                     $30                   $ 60 
Duncans Mills          4-6 / 2                          25                      $30                  $ 60
Willow Creek          2-4 / NA                       10                      $20                   $ 40

Joining your friends or family renting from us for 1/2 or Full Day shuttled routes?

Shuttle your own kayaks or paddle boards and gear for an extra $15 per person.

Full group cannot exceed van seating of 7 persons.

Marine Protected Areas
Wildlife and Recreation