Russian River Estuary
Sonoma Coast State Park
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"The Most Ecologically Dynamic Section of the Russian River"
"A Managed Marine Recreation Area And Preserve"
Generations Of Local Experience
Welcome To Jenner by the Sea
Rentals And Tours Year Around: Over 20 Miles Of the Russian River!
Fall into Winter: Flat Water with Periods of Fast Water After Heavy Rain
Available Year Around!
We recommend reservations a week in advance!
Reservation Line: 8 AM - 6 PM: 707-865-2249
Pre-Book For Any Day Of The Year / Drop Ins May Be Possible
Welcome to Rural America! Onsite location is a Kiosk / Booth
Passing Through? Use Our 2-Way Radio To Reach Staff
Rental Start Times
9AM-2 PM for 2 hr rentals
Allow 30 Minutes Prior To Activity
For Outfitting, Safety Review And Lesson
Other Options: Guided Tours / Certified Instruction
New Option!: Private 5 Hour Kayak Lesson and Rental Package
2.5 Hour Kayak Lesson Shuttled to Willow Creek and 2.5 Hour Estuary Loop Rental with Recreation Map Review. Clients can break for lunch in between lesson and rental. Lesson in singles. Rental can be a double.
1-3 persons $ 100 pp 1 Guide
Groups of 4-6 $ 90 pp 1 Guide
Rentals Open Year Around, Weather and Water Permitting: Guided Tours Only Between 5,000 and 15,000 CFS as measured at Hacienda Bridge.
Harbor Seal Colony: 100 Yard Restriction: Land & Water
Our Seasonal River Mouth Restriction Maps
No fishing downstream of Russian River Bridge At Hwy 1
Did We Make Up All These Rules And Regulations? All Providers Are Required To Follow State, National and Local Boating Laws In Order To Operate. You are entering Sonoma Coast State Park and the heart of the coastal Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, and a Managed Marine Recreation Area. 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.
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, we are not responsible for sudden changes in these conditions. all participants must sign a liability waiver in order to participate.
Most often this location is beginner friendly and ideal for first time kayaking or stand up paddle boarding. However, seasonal high winds, occasional low fog and rain induced fast water can cancel activities. Also no outdoor activity can be considered inherently safe. We don't charge for "act of nature" cancellations initiated by our staff.
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 Available.
Call for weather and water condition limitations.
Link: Hacienda Bridge: Russian River Height & Flow
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 during our activities. 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.
Third or 4th seats:
Kayaks are not safety rated for the wieght of 3 adults. The third seat is meant for a small child or to paddle solo from the middle position. Canoes can hold three adults or two adults and two small children.
Kayak / Canoe / SUP
Estuary And Lower Russian River
Ocean Hazards and Recreation Area Restrictions: Know Before You Go!
All Activities Are Within The River and Estuary Waters.
Includes: Riverside, Ocean Beach and Island Hikes / Wildlife and Birding.
All Participants Must Honor Staff Instructions For Participating.
(See "Safety Limitations" Above)
Prices Are Per Kayak / Canoe Same As Double
Stand Up Paddleboards (SUPs): $25 hr or same as kayaks.
2 Hour Package: Lesson and Rental. $60
Client Monitoring For “Managed Marine Recreation Area”
Required State Park Access Permit Fees: Included
Pricing = Per Seat: Child under 40 lbs: Free
Third Seat: 1/2 Price (Rounded up to $) / Dogs: + $10
Excess Cleaning: $15 / Cost Of Damages Fees
“No Go Zone” Rescue & Ticketing Fees
Kayak / Canoe / SUP: Non Shuttled
Jenner By the Sea: Estuary Loop / Park & Paddle!
No Shuttle Required: 2-3 hours of enjoying nature, the island and coastal beaches. Seal, whale, otter, many birds. Or an exploratory 1/2 or Full Day.
2 Hrs 3 Hrs 4 Hrs Full Day
Single: $40 50 60 80
Double: $80 100 120 160
Group Shuttle Discount: 4+: Ask!
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 river beach. Birding And Wildlife Area. Can be done in 3 hours without Goat Rock Beach.
3 Hrs 4-5 Hrs Full Day
Single: 55 65 85
Double: 105 125 165
Duncan Mills or Monte Rio: Reversible: 7-10 Miles
Shuttle Times: 9 AM
Camping Available: Paddle through the heart of our main wildlife corridor into Sonoma Coast State Park. Low impact aerobic 4 hour route or full day adventure.
4-5 Hrs Full Day
Single: 75 95
Double: 145 185
Guerneville: 2 Day: Single: $140 Double: $260
Forestville & Healdsburg: 2 - 4 Day Custom Trips
Guerneville to Monte Rio or Duncans Mills: 5-9 Miles
Shuttle Times: 9 AM / 11 AM
Includes access fees: Possible afternoon upstream winds. Summer Dams: 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.
4 Hrs Full Day
Single: $50 70
Double: $100 140
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 Or
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: Full List:Logistics & Transport: With Carbon Offsets. Includes Route Map, Weather Forecast, Ecological Interpretation, & Route Safety Suggestions (Shuttle fee included 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 $40 $80
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: 4-6 / 2 25 $15 $ 30
Willow Creek - Jenner: 2-4 / NA 10 $10 $ 20
Own Kayaks and gear: + $10 per kayak $20 Group Discount Rate