The “Rio” Trip

Healdsburg, California

Quick Details

Hour Glass Duration: 3-5 hours

Bus Shuttle Times: 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Users Ages: 4+

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 five-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. This is not our most remote trip for Russian River kayaking or canoeing, but it spans a beautiful section for swimming, picnicking, fishing and enjoying an abundance of wildlife.

How it Works

Arrive 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. Then you’re on your own to make your way down the river at your leisure back to headquarters, where your car is.

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!

 

  • Chevron down What We Provide
  • Included in your paddling package, you will receive at no extra charge: gallon-size zip locks, net garbage bags, and bags for wet clothes.
    We have a limited amount of dry bags and coolers available to loan. Limited supply, first come, first served.
    We have a store with giant zip locks, dry pouches, water guns, hats, sunglass straps, and more.

  • Chevron down What to Wear
  • Dress in layers – swim suit, light clothing, a warm shirt, and dry clothes for after your trip. Wear water shoes, tennis shoes, or sandals with straps. Flip flops are not recommended!

  • Chevron down What to Bring
  • Think in terms of packing with everything attached to you or your boat.
    Tie downs for your ice chest and gear – bungee, rope, or straps.
    Bring hat, sunglasses with strap, and sunscreen.
    Plenty of water and food/snacks – tupperware & zip locks for lunches.

  • Chevron down What Not to Bring
  • No hard alcohol!
    Money, jewelry, electronics, or valuables
    Negative or rude behavior

  • Chevron down Cancellation Policy
  • **Cancellations occurring less than 72 hours from the day of your trip are eligible for partial credit of your deposit towards a future River’s Edge Trip. However, taxes and fees are non-refundable. Cancellations occurring on the day of your trip are not eligible for any trip credit. Most reservations may be transferred to a qualified person substituted by you for your space. There are no refunds. No credit will be given to no-shows. Most reservations may be transferred to a qualified person substituted by you for your space. There are no refunds.**

    Self-Guided Trips: If your party or any individual in your party cancels at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled trip date you will be issued a full credit towards a future River’s Edge Trip. However, taxes and fees are non-refundable.