5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

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  • Location:Sonoma County, California
  • Duration:5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Guided Kayak Tour: Russian River or Jenner Coast

Paddle your way through California’s gorgeous wine country on a guided kayak tour. Choose from a trip down the Russian River that winds through Sonoma County or a paddle near the Pacific Coast from the seaside town of Jenner. Enjoy the leisurely pace that kayaking affords while soaking up the spectacular scenery. No experience is necessary, and you can choose to paddle in a single kayak or ride tandem with a friend or family member. The guided tour includes a gourmet picnic lunch.


  • Choose either a Russian River tour or Jenner coast tour
  • No prior paddling experience necessary -- all levels of experience welcome
  • Picnic lunch included
  • Kayak equipment included
  • Enjoy the scenic views, and look for local wildlife like seals!

What You Can Expect

Guided Kayak Tour: Russian River or Jenner Coast

Lunch Included

Russian River Kayak Tour
Meet your guide at Memorial Beach in Healdsburg, where you’ll get a brief safety orientation and launch onto the gentle currents of the Russian River. Paddle approximately 9 miles (14 km) down the scenic waterway that winds through the famed Sonoma County wine country while learning about the area’s history from your local guide. Admire the fertile landscape and be on the lookout for native birdlife such as blue herons and snowy egrets. Disembark at a riverside beach to enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch and take a refreshing swim in the river if you like. After finishing your tour at the historic Wholer Bridge, a driver will pick you up and return you to the original departure point. 

Jenner Coast Kayak Tour
Your tour begins in the small town of Jenner, nestled along the rugged Pacific Coast. After a safety briefing, hop aboard your kayak and launch out into the mouth of the Russian River near where it empties into the ocean. Soak up the dramatic and diverse scenery of sandy beaches, cliffs and rolling hills. Kayak around beautiful Penny Island and look for harbor seals and other local wildlife of this unique ecosystem. Savor a picnic lunch complete with scenic coastal views before returning back to the launch point. 

See Itinerary below for a sample picnic menu. 


Sample Picnic Menu
Herb-roasted or pepper-roasted turkey breast
Black Forest ham
Smoked wild Alaskan salmon
Pasta salad- penne, tortellini, orzo
Potato salad
Locally baked breads--whole grain, roasted garlic, seeded baguette, sourdough
Local and artisan cheeses--soft and hard
Seasonal fresh fruit plate
Cookie plate
Assorted mineral waters and sodas

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

We had a great time, our guide was fabulous! The day was clear and warm, the Russian River is so picturesque in the fall. I will definitely come back. Thank you, well worth the price.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2012

The tour was great! Our tour guide was awsome and very informative. We really enjoyed it!

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