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Sure, the weather is sunny & warm (usually around the mid 80's and up) and canoeing the Russian River is a blast and a great way to cool off on a summer day. But while you're having fun, please follow these tips and rules for a safer and happier trip.

LIFE JACKETS. Although the Russian River is known mostly for extreme beauty and generally is not considered to be a "whitewater experience", there is still some current and swiftness at various intervals along the canoeing routes (enough to make it fun), and sometime canoes do tip over. So please wear your life jacket. We provide each canoeist with a life jacket!
   
CHILDREN must be a least five years of age to go canoeing.
   
SWIMMING You must be able to swim. No Non-swimmers please.
   
EXPERIENCE No previous canoeing experience is required. We will provide basic instruction, just ask.
   
NO ALCOHOL ALLOWED ON CANOE TRIP FOR SAFETY REASONS. Be Sharp... Be Safe.
   
DO NOT LITTER Please help keep the river and beaches beautiful.
   
CANOES Do not leave canoes unattended at any time.
   
RESPECT PRIVATE PROPERTY, please.
   
NO GLASS or styrofoam on the river, please.
   
THE DEPTH of the river will vary significantly all along the canoeing routes. When you swim, beach the canoes and walk into the river slowly.
   
NEVER DIVE or jump into the river. You could find the river shallow or deep and you could hit a hidden rock or log.
   
BACKPACKS may be strapped to the canoe. Please do not wear while canoeing.
   
JOIN US SOON for a great and safe canoe trip on the beautiful Russian River. Join in the fun!! Reservations are needed.
   
OUR CANOES have two seats. One front seat and one back seat. Generally two adults per canoe is the norm, with the possibility of adding one or two kids when the kids are between 5 and 12 years old.
   
Sorry no dogs allowed.

 

How Far / Long?

Ten miles ... You can comfortably do this trip in approximately 3 ½ hours, actual canoeing time. However, most people picnic, swim, sunbath, etc. and are usually out close to 4 or 5 hours.

What to Bring

May we suggest the following items for your consideration: bring your bathing suits, ice chest, lunch, soft drinks, beach towels, sunscreen, hats, drinking water, sunglasses, bunji cords to tie your cooler into the canoe, and river shoes to protect feet against sharp rocks. Garbage bags for trash, a recycling center is available at our landing beach. Also bring a change of clothes for the ride back home.

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