Self-Guided Rafting Through Vineyards & Redwoods
Due to COVID-19 we have created safe options for your end-of-trip car retrieval. We are no longer able to offer free return shuttle services in vans or buses.
Below are the 4 end-of-trip options available for the 2021 season.
Paddle and (E-bike) Pedal Adventure
Our newest and most exciting Covid-safe return trip! E-bikes are easy to ride and FUN!! Winding through the hills and vineyards of famed Sonoma County pinot noir and chardonnay grapes, this approximately 35 minute ride back to our office is a perfect way to end a unique day of adventure.
If you know how to ride a bicycle, then it takes about one minute to learn to use an e-bike. Use the thumb throttle and cruise away, or begin pedalling and the small electric motor will kick in and take you up hills, and along the Russian River valley floor. Soak in the scenery and the warm breeze.
For your safety, we provide covid-safe bike helmets and yellow vests. All bikes have blinking rear lights. We have pull-behind trailers for your small cooler and personal gear.
Morning Car Shuttle
For our guests who don’t mind getting an early start to their day of adventure on the river. Arrive at our office by 9 am, register, prepare your belongings, and then 1 person in your group will drive your vehicle to our locked-gated Wohler Bridge take-out. At 10:15, our covid-safely spaced bus will bring a few guests back to the launch site in Healdsburg. Paddle back to your car where we will be waiting for you.
While you are paddling on the river, we will drive a limited number of cars down to our Wohler Bridge take-out. Our raft wranglers will be waiting for you with your car keys.
No shuttle or valet service needed
Perhaps you are making a separate reservation from others in your group, and you are safely sharing a ride back from the river. Or perhaps you’ve made arrangements with someone local, or Lyft. Note: It is not possible to leave your car on your own at the Wohler Bridge. This is a private,locked area accessible only RRA personnel. The closest available parking is about 1/4 mile away.
A message from Larry Laba
Welcome to our 21st year of offering the best trip on the Russian River. 2020, the first year of the Covid pandemic, taught us many valuable lessons. First, we have always understood the power that a river has on people's psyche, but last year we witnessed that power of healing, the strong need that people have to connect with nature after having been cooped up inside for so long. The gratitude that we were shown for our how we kept everyone safe was overwhelming at times. Because we, as humans, have been forced to give up touching and hugging, being outdoors, being in touch with nature, and especially the flow of the river has reignited people's lives and passion.
We learned the river knows no virus, knows no walls, knows no sadness. The Russian River is an escape into a wild jungle. Stay quiet, and you will heard a myriad of bird calls. Stop paddling, listen, you might here absolutely nothing. Search the distant trees along the river banks for unusual shapes; it might be an eagle or an osprey. Will your eyes be quick enough to see turtles before they kerplunk into the water from logs? The river is here to bring you joy, to smile, to cool your body and soothe your spirit.
Last year we learned to adapt and be flexible. We were forced tocancel our Half Day Adventure, and sadly it is cancelled this year, too. . To avoid crowding onto buses and vans, we will be using e-bikes, and offering car shuttles. We will stagger morning departures, offer consistently sanitized gear, wear face masks in close proximity to others. There will be at least half the number of people on the river, and you will feel like you have the world to yourself. On behalf of all of our employees, we wish you well, and we welcome you with open arms to our 21st season on the Russian River.
Only 70 mi from San Francisco!
- The most secluded section of Russian River – No buildings, no roads, no nothing.
- Inflatable canoes are more comfortable, more stable, more fun!
- The best section on the Russian River for seeing birds and wildlife!
- Less paddle time, more time to play in the water, or to hang out on a gravel bar.
- The best family experience on the river.
- We do not overcrowd the river with hundreds of loud, metal canoes.
- Owned and operated by a veteran river rat!
- SOAR Inflatable canoe
- 2 paddles
- PFD’s (Life jackets) for all passengers
- 1 dry bag per canoe to keep your personal articles dry
- 15 minute pre-trip riverside orientation
- Three different shuttle options
- Rinse station, bathrooms and changing facilities at our location
- Picnic lunch and beverages. Addition snacks recommended. No Styrofoam coolers allowed.
- Hat and sunscreen
- Water shoes, aqua socks, or tennis shoes. Do not go barefoot! Flip flops not recommended!
- Swim suit, Shorts, T-Shirt Jeans not recommended.
- Towels: During the hot summer months, we recommend you leave your towel in the car for when you return.
If you have forgotten anything when you arrive at our office, we either have it for you or can tell you how to quickly get it!
Our circa 1940 San Francisco cable car has been converted into our Russian River Adventures Welcome Center. We offer most of the necessary gear including: water socks, sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses and straps for glasses, ball caps, wide-brim hats, towels, doggie life jackets!
SOAR canoes can hold an ice chest up to 45 quarts, so bring a cooler w/good sandwiches and your favorite beverages. (NO STYROFOAM, please)
The closest market to us is the Memorial Beach Market, just around the corner. Place an online order with them in advance, and have it ready when you arrive. They can whip up a delicious, fresh deli sandwich, plus it’s a convenient place for drinks, beer, water, ice, snacks and more! Save time waiting at the market and order your sandwiches in advance here! We are also adding the delicious sandwich treats of KR Catering. Order online from KR, and your food will be waiting here for you. Ken Rochioli has been delighting locals for over 25 years with his sensational, wholesome fare. There are other great places in Healdsburg to pick up lunch too!
Bring your own coolers, otherwise we have Eco coolers (16qt) available for purchase. No loaner coolers available and NO Styrofoam coolers allowed.