Kayaking In Sonoma County

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Safe Haven Realty CalBRE# 01433049

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.

kayaking on the russian river

 

This is a blue heron, one of many we saw that day.

blue heron

 

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!

 

© Copyright 2010, Cynthia Larsen, Kayaking In Sonoma County

 

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Stephanie Frymyer
Brick & Co. Real Estate, Inc. - Whittier, CA
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That sounds like so much fun! Thanks, Cynthia!

July 06, 2010 07:45 PM #1
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Pamela Seley, REALTOR®
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Menifee Lakes California Real Estate

Hi Cynthia.  How fun, if I get up that way I'll make sure to kayak on the Russian River.

July 06, 2010 08:01 PM #2
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Cynthia Larsen
Safe Haven Realty - Cotati, CA
Sonoma County Real Estate Broker

Stephanie - it was a blast, I love kayaking on this river.

Pamela - I used to live in Southern California.  Just a warning, if you come up here you may never go back.  I didn't.

July 06, 2010 08:07 PM #3
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Mary Kay Hopkins
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Cynthia, what a great way to spend time with friends!  I've added the Russian River to my "visit" list as well.

July 07, 2010 01:56 AM #4
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Cynthia Larsen
Safe Haven Realty - Cotati, CA
Sonoma County Real Estate Broker

Mary Kay - it's so much fun, you should try it!

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Beautiful!!  Simply beautiful photos!

July 09, 2010 02:10 PM #6
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Cynthia Larsen
Safe Haven Realty - Cotati, CA
Sonoma County Real Estate Broker

Thanks, Carla.  This is a very beautiful place, I love it.

July 09, 2010 04:28 PM #7
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