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.

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Russian River Whitewater Photo Gallery


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The Russian in a Nutshell

Difficulty: Class II-III or Class I

Length: Up to 50 miles

Season: Year-rounds

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.

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Whitewater & Scenery

Whitewate & 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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River Flows

River FlowsHaving enough water to float is rarely the problem on the Russian. During winter storms, however, the water levels rise and high water can make this a dangerous run.

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LogisticsThis is mostly a do-it-yourself kind of trip. There are outfitters who rent equipment and will drive shuttles, but you’ll be guiding yourself downstream.

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Russian Video


Watch a Russian River video before you see it up close.

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Places to Eat, Places to Stay
& Things To Do

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Local Gear Shops

Local Gear ShopsBuy gear and other supplies for your whitewater trip on the Russian River in Petaluma, San Francisco, or Online.

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