The Alexander Valley Trip – Wine Countries Best Kept Secret!

Feeling Adventurous? Challenge yourself to a remote paddle in the backcountry. The “Alex Trip” is 11 or 16 miles with 4–6 hours of paddle time. This is a self-guided trip, rated as a Class I – II flow that winds through unspoiled wilderness. This trip starts 16 miles north of Healdsburg in the beautiful Alexander Valley, which is not easily accessible to the general public and considered a more wild section of the river. With abundant wildlife and little evidence of human traffic, you will experience the true essence of the Russian River Valley. Expect to navigate and negotiate in current through tight turns and overhanging trees. With your basic river reading skills and wilderness knowledge, this trip is amazing. The Alex Trip is not for beginners, small children or the physically challenged. Map link


How it Works:

Arrive at River’s Edge Headquarters where our friendly staff will assist you through the check in process and help to get you outfitted. Shortly after, you will be shuttled 16 miles up river, (15 min. drive), where our accomplished beach staff will prepare you with a safety talk, then help you pack your boat, and assist you with your launch. Then, you’re on your own to make your way down river with an option to take out at 11 miles, or continue all the way down to headquarters where your car is. If you opt to take out at 11 miles, a shuttle bus will drive you back to headquarters.

What to Expect on River:

As this trip requires some experience, we advise you to view the Gallery before booking this trip. The upper Russian River, where we operate, is recognized for clarity and consistent flow. As well as wildlife such as: herons, egrets, turtles, osprey, various waterfowl, deer, and an occasional eagle or otter. The Russian River is a low flow, gravel bar river during the summer period. The average depth is knee to waist deep with shallow gravel bars and swim holes deeper than 10 feet. You will encounter tight turns, strainers and obstacles such as boat eating log jams. The river is lake fed and very comfortable for swimming. There are deep pools, shallow riffles, and occasional gravel bars that may cause you to briefly get out of your boat to pass through. Capsizing or wedging your boat is a possibility regardless, you will get wet!




Canoe and Double Kayak $140
Single Kayaks $70
Dogs – No Charge

Check-In Times:

You must arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your shuttle. Late arrivals forfeit trip.


One shuttle departs at 8:30 am

New  – Check-Out Time:

Weekends: take out 4 pm

Check-In Location:

River’s Edge Headquarters: #1 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA 95448

Age / Skill Requirement:

Because the upper river is not easily accessible, we expect our guests to have basic river reading and boat handling skills, as well as the physical agility to self rescue. We also expect our guests to have “wilderness sense” and good judgment when making decisions where the consequences are not easily rectified due to lack of accessibility. Especially understanding how even mild current can be surprising and potentially unsafe.There is a possibility that you could capsize, “wrap” or wedge a boat, temporarily lose a paddle or get separated from your party. Due to lack of access, we will be unable to assist or rescue you unless there is a medical emergency. Children under 12: Depends on their experience, please call.


We are pet friendly, however your dog must respond to voice command, as there is no leash on in the boat and wildlife about. It can be difficult to paddle with a dog over 50 lbs and on hot days we recommend you leave your dog at home where they will be more comfortable.


This is a run where you will need your faculties throughout the day. We aspire to provide a serene and natural experience for our guests, not a party atmosphere. We ask that you do not consume alcohol on the river trip.

Private Guides Available

Please Do Not Be Visibly Pregnant