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The Rio Trip

Healdsburg, California

Quick Details

Hour Glass Duration: 3-6 hours

Bus Shuttle Times: 9:30 am, 10:30 am, and 11:30 am.

Users Ages: 4+

Double Kayak
Single Sit-On-Top Kayak
Single Sit-In Kayak
Stand-Up Paddle Board

A Peaceful Paddle on the Russian River!

This morning trip takes you down a quaint section of a five-mile stretch of the Russian River that starts north of Healdsburg. This is a three to six-hour paddle with a 3:30 p.m. checkout time. Paddle a canoe or kayak on this self-guided trip, rated as Class I flow with enough current to keep you navigating and negotiating through over-hanging trees and a few sandbars. Our trip spans a beautiful section for swimming, picnicking, fishing and enjoying an abundance of wildlife.

How it Works

Park at Healdsburg Veteran’s Memorial Beach. Check-in at River’s Edge headquarters where our friendly staff will assist you with the check-in process and help to get you outfitted. Shortly after, we shuttle you five miles upriver, (15-minute drive), where our accomplished beach staff prepare you with a safety talk, help you pack your boat, and provide paddling instruction as needed. We provide PFD’s for adults, children, and dogs. Then you’re on your own to make your way down the river at your leisure back to headquarters, where you checked in.

We do not have food for sale, but you are welcome to bring your own picnic lunch or order food from Memorial Beach Market & Deli located across the bridge.

What to Expect on the 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 swimming 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, 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.

Join us for an enjoyable Russian River canoe trip or kayak excursion. Book now!