We enjoy going to Russian river that it has become a family tradition on every summer. Russian river is surrounded by tall redwood trees.
Russian river is 75 miles north of San Francisco and 20 miles from Santa Rosa. In US-101, we avoid going through Santa Rosa and take route through Sebastopol and Forestville. Those eclectic towns provide view about small town life and also beautiful scenic drive. But the speed limit is always around 45 miles which may increase your travel time.
The beach we access to get into Russian river is Johnson’s beach. It is located on Guerneville. It offers canoes, single and double kayaks and pedal boats for rent ($30 day or $10 hour) as well as umbrellas ($6 day), low beach chairs ($5 day) and inner tubes ($5 day). Since the water is not very deep near the beach, even kids go alone in the boats.
A popular spot is the roped off kiddies’ pool. We could see a lot of kiddos playing alone in their own designated area. This year we felt that the water was little dirty. A local told that the dam was not opened because of drought condition making the water stagnant and dirty. But we were happy to see water in the river even in this drought condition.
Russian river allows kids to play, kayak, pedal in the water. There are few campgrounds and cabin rooms available near which we have not used. Over all it is a beautiful place with a lot of activities for kids and adults. Since it is in Sonoma county, the adults can plan for wine tasting too.
The following information will help you to reach Russian river
GPS address : 16209 First Street, Guerneville, CA 95446
Hours : 10 am to 6 pm everyday from May to October
Parking : Free
Entry to the beach : Free
Avoid bringing to the beach : Alcohol, pets and BBQ
More activities to do in Russian river : http://www.russianriver.com/site/cms/pages/activities.php
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