A Perfect Midday Paddle!
This quaint section is a 5 mile stretch that runs north of Healdsburg, with 2–3 hours of casual paddle time. This is a self guided trip, rated as a Class I flow, with enough current to keep you navigating and negotiating through over-hanging trees and a few sand bars. This is not our most remote trip, though a beautiful section for swimming, picnicking, fishing and enjoying an abundance of wildlife. This section of river is more calm, but still not a “float”, and there is the potential to flip or wedge your boat. 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 5 miles upriver, (15 min drive), where our accomplished beach staff prepare you with a safety talk, help you pack your boat, and provide paddling instruction as needed. Then you’re on your own to make your way down river at your leisure back to headquarters, where your car is. Upon checking out, we provide various free services for your convenience, as well as a complementary ice cream for you enjoy.
What to Expect on River:
The Russian River is a low flow sandbar river during the summer period. The average depth is knee to waist deep with shallow sandbars and swim holes deeper than 10 feet. The upper river, where we operate, is recognized for clarity and consistent flow as well as wildlife such as: herons, egrets, turtles, osprey, various waterfowl, deer, migrating salmon and an occasional eagle or otter.
The Russian River is lake fed and very comfortable for swimming. There are deep pools, shallow riffles, and occasional sandbars that may cause you to briefly get out of your boat to pass through. Flipping or wedging your boat is a possibility, regardless, you will get wet! You are welcome to stop at the beaches along the way.
Canoe and Double Kayak $100
Check-In and Shuttle Schedule:
Rivers Edge check-in and outfitting process takes about 15 minutes. Please arrive earlier to allow yourself more time to prepare if needed.
Weekdays: 4pm, Weekends: 5pm
River’s Edge Headquarters: 13840 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA 95448
Age / Skill Requirement:
No children under 4 years old. 12 and older are welcome to paddle a single kayak or SUP by themselves. First time / beginners please do not bring children under 8. Please have basic swimming abilities, and the agility to self rescue.
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
NO PRIVATE BOAT SHUTTLE SERVICES AVAILABLE