Friday, December 26, 2008


Russian River Paddle Boating Overview - California USA.

Canoeing, Rafting, Innertubing & Kayaking Paddlesport Guide - Mendocino County & Sonoma County.

Russian River Whitewater Paddleboating Runs.

Russian River - Tributaries.
A. Russian River EF, class III, 2.6 miles. (flows in the summer due to Eel River water diversions)
      put-in - N 39.26077 W 123.11215 (A)
      take-out - N 39.23671 W 123.15176

B1. Mark West Creek Run, class III-V, 4 miles.
      put-in - N 38.54964 W 122.72038 (B)
      take-out - N 38.50551 W 122.72964

B2. Mark West Creek Run, class ??, ~12 miles.
      put-in - N 38.50551 W 122.72964
      take-out - N 38.49407 W 122.89526

C. Austin Creek Run, class I+, 7.5 miles.
      put-in - N 38.54333 W 123.08807 (C)
      take-out - N 38.47133 W 123.04619

Russian River - Main.
D. Coyote Dam to Talmage Run, class II, 4.5 miles.
      put-in - N 39.19114 W 123.17178 (D)
      take-out - N 39.13459 W 123.18661

E. Talmage to Hopland Run, class I+, 14.5 miles.
      put-in - N 39.13459 W 123.18661 (E)
      take-out - N 38.97144 W 123.10663

F. Hopland to Pieta Creek Run, class I-II, 5 miles.
      put-in - N 38.97144 W 123.10663 (F)
      take-out - N 38.92323 W 123.05756

G. Pieta Creek to Cloverdale, class II-III, 11 miles. (Squaw Rock Run)
      put-in - N 38.92323 W 123.05756 (G)
      take-out - N 38.80898 W 123.00789

Russian River Flatwater Paddleboating Runs.

H. Cloverdale to Asti Run, class 1, 6 miles.
      put-in - N 38.80898 W 123.00789 (H)
      take-out - N 38.76335 W 122.96868

I. Asti to Alexander Valley Rd Run, class 1, 10.5 miles.
      put-in - N 38.76335 W 122.96868 (I)
      take-out - N 38.65871 W 122.82964

J. Alexander Valley Rd to Healdsburg Run, class 1, 14.6 miles.
      put-in - N 38.65871 W 122.82964 (J)
      take-out - N 38.60118 W 122.85929

K. Healdsburg to Mirabel Pk Run, class 1, 10.1 miles.
      put-in - N 38.60118 W 122.85929 (K)
      take-out - N 38.49407 W 122.89526

L. Mirabel Pk to Guerneville Run, class 1, 8.6 miles.
      put-in - N 38.49407 W 122.89526 (L)
      take-out - N 38.51110 W 122.98388

M. Guerneville to Austin Ck Run, class 1, 6.7 miles.
      put-in - N 38.51110 W 122.98388 (M)
      take-out - N 38.46078 W 123.05271

N. Austin Ck to Willow Ck Run, class 1, ~5 miles.
      put-in - N 38.46078 W 123.05271 (N)
      take-out - N 38.44004 W 123.09601 (O)

River Map - whitewater put-in locations on the Russian River.

Instructions for interactive road maps & river maps.
• For full screen topographic & road maps see below.

Full-Screen River Map - Russian River landmarks.
Point or DoubleClick on the red markers to see the names & coordinates of landmarks shown above (A, B, etc.).

GPS Maps from Russian River Paddleboating

Dog Paddle Down the Russian River - SnoWake 09aug2009 Put-in at Healdsburg, 11.2 miles.
Russian River Canoeing - tmeekins 22june2008 Put-in at Healdsburg, 8.7 miles.

Online River Guides & River Flow Data for Paddle Boating.

Directory for Paddlesports on the Russian River.
(Display options - alphabetical 100. See section 1.)

Printed Guidebooks - Russian River Paddlesports.

Guidebook - Ann Dwyer's Easy Waters of California North, 2000. (pg. 68-81, Russian River, Austin Creek)
Guidebook - Best Whitewater in California, Third Edition 1998. (pg 4-11)
Guidebook - West Coast River Touring - Rogue River Canyon and South, 1974. (pg. 173-182)
Guidebook - California Whitewater - A Guide to the Rivers, Third Edition 1995. (pg.146-150)
Guidebook - Down the Wild Rivers- A Guide to the Streams of California, 1972. (pg. 200-205)
California River Maps - Atlas & Gazetteer by Delorme, 2008.

Float Tubing - Innertubing.

Float Tube (Innertube) Skills, Techniques and Safety for your River Trips.
Equipment for Float Tubing - BRT Insights.

Russian River Boating Stories REQUESTED !!

Contact me to submit your Russian River trip report. I welcome whitewater boating trip stories, pictures & videos from guest authors. I will post or link to your trip reports.
• See newer trip reports: Russian River Flatwater Boating Guide.
Russian River Canoeing - Triporati 13sept2009.
Russian River Kayaking Day Trip photos - ritaparada sept2009.
Dog Paddle Down the Russian River - SnoWake 09aug2009.
Rowing into the past - A Modern Mother 05aug2009.
Paddling the Russian River's Middle Reach - Bay Nature Institute july2009.
Russian River kayaking - sskpc 22aug2008.
Russian River kayaking canoeing - tmeekins 22june2008.
Tubing on the Russian River photos - dmountain 14june2008.
Bustamante Lab Photos :: Campayaking 04aug2007.
Bustamante Lab Photos :: Russian River Kayaking Adventure 23july2006.
Russian River Kayaking Photos - C Hodges 28june2006.
Russian River Canoeing - Justinsomnia 19june2006.
Photoset 'Tubing on the Russian River' by
Floating down the Russian River - Donal Mountain june2006.
Dennis on the Road: Floating the Russian River 31may2006.
Russian River July 2004 kayaking pictures - cakatmos 15july2004.
Russian River kayaking photos - sfrobin june2004.
Russian River canoe trip - C Ordway - 2003.
Lazing along the Russian River - California river - Sunset magazine aug2001.
Kayaking the Russian River - S Peyton 13jan2000.
Russian River Photos -

Russian River Canoeing & Kayaking Videos.

• See newer videos: Russian River Flatwater Boating Guide.
Russian River Inner Tubing video - mphelan1 05july2009.
Russian River canoe n camp video - nojoka 16june2009.
Russian River Canoeing video - blindedlilac 25nov2008.
Kayaking on the Russian River video - sifupeter 30aug2008.
Russian River, Another Couples Day Out video - floppysfollies 09aug2008.
Russian River California Playing on a Wave/Hole video - peterkayak 07jan2008.
Russian River Canoeing at Jenner video - mybluehouse 09may2007.
Kayaking at the mouth of the Russian River video - dlamsden 10july2006.
Kayaking the Russian River video - crankbro 03sept2006.
Kayaking on the Russian River video - sifupeter 30aug2008.
Russian River, Another Couples Day Out video - floppysfollies 09aug2008.
Russian River Alexander Valley Camping 0001 video - floppysfollies 07may2009.
Kayaking Russian River in Monte Rio video - hazelbrook 23june2008.
Hinshaw's Kayak Ride Russian River video - SheaB22 21oct2007.
Brandon's kayak self rescue at the Russian River video - fishhntr1 21july2008.
Motley Crew's Russian River Paddle video - kwf1111 12may2008.
Hinshaw's Kayak Adventure Russian River video - SheaB22 21oct2007.
Russian River Freedom Fighters video - MonocleManProduction 16july2007.
Russian River, Friends and Family video - floppysfollies 04aug2008.
Recreation on the Russian River video - raspberrytokio 03june2008.
Russian River Canoeing video - blindedlilac 25nov2008.
Russian River video - stylehaus 17june2007.
Conor & Fiona - Russian River video - stylehaus 17june2007.
Motley Crew's Russian River Paddle Part 2 video - kwf1111 12may2008.

Whitewater River Paddleboating, Recreation & Environment.

Russian River Valley Conservation & Recreation Directory. Websites for the Russian River watershed. (Display options - alphabetical 100. Section 1=kayaking-canoeing, 2=oarboating-rafting, 3=environment-conservation, 4=fishing, 5=hiking-camping, 6=other-resources)

More about:
• Rivers & creeks nearby: Gualala River, Petaluma River.
North Coast California River Guides for Paddleboating.
Canoeing, Kayaking & Rafting Paddlesport Guides for California Whitewater Rivers.
What to expect from these whitewater river kayaking and rafting guides - BRT Insights.

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I paddled the Redwood Valley to Talmage, well more like dragged swam and ducked it - not recommended. The other day I paddled Capella to Talmage and there are a couple of spots that are suspect and not really recommended for a sit inside kayak.
It sounds like the recent drought years have allowed the strainers to grow deeper down into the river channel. What we need is a rip-roaring flood to clear some of that green crud out of the river.
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