California Whitewater Rafting » Russian River
Bird’s Eye View
Depending on the season and what stretch you’re running, the Russian River has a few class III rapids for those looking to improve their skills and a whole lot of “easy rider” miles for the float set. The class II-III section can give beginning whitewater rafting and kayaking enthusiasts a decent run in the winter months and early spring. At lower flows, this is a favorite run for intermediate and experienced canoeists. The class I section of the Russian runs for over 50 miles from below the town of Healdsburg to the Pacific Ocean at the town of Jenner. Those interested in floating can pick and choose their destination for put-in and take-out in public areas.
The Russian in a Nutshell
Length: Up to 50 miles
Sections: Squaw Rock (class II-III) OR or Guernerville to Pacific Ocean; multiple put-in & take-out options.
Who should go: Class II-III section – private boaters looking for practice. Class I section – lazy day floaters.
Whitewater & Scenery
Flowing just north of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Russian River is a quick escape from the craziness of urban life. It is also a glimpse into California history as it flows through farmlands and historic towns.
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