Kayaking in Sonoma County is a great way to spend the day, particularly during the summer months when it is hot. One of my favorite places to kayak is the Russian River. There are several beaches on the river where you can park your car, unload your kayak and paddle in the river all day at no charge!
If you don't own a kayak, you can rent one from several places along the river. Try Johnson's Beach or King's Sport and Tackle in Guerneville (pronounced Gern-Ville), or at Monte Rio Beach next to the Monte Rio bridge. Canoes are also great fun on the river, Burke's is your best bet for a canoe rental.
Don't forget to bring your camera in a waterproof bag! You will see a ton of wildlife along the way. We were treated to many blue herons, families of ducks, turtles, stellar jays and many birds we didn't even know the names of.
Yesterday was girl's day out on the river for an all day trip. We paddled 12 miles down the river, pulled our kayaks out at a riverfront restaurant and had a very long lunch. Below you'll find a couple of photos I took along the way.
My girlfriends chatting and paddling. The river is green and cuts through a redwood forest.
This is a blue heron, one of many we saw that day.
If you plan to kayak on the Russian River, it is best to get on the water by 10:00AM. In the afternoon, the wind picks up off the Pacific Ocean and makes it difficult to paddle down river. At that time in the morning, you will also have the river almost entirely to yourself. Have fun!
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