Russian River Canoe Trip from Healdsburg - Reviews

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Jennifer B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2016

Fantastic! We did not know dogs weren't allowed for the half day trip and had just driven 2 hours. The owner was so kind. He offered to babysit our 90pnd lab so our family could still enjoy the day! The boats were clean. Very informative instruction before setting out as far as safety. We had a blast! Definitely planning another trip!

David C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2015

Friendly staff and great experience for our family of 4!

Ginjabread USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Always a fun option with a bunch of friends. We bought sandwiches and beer and floated for a few hours on the half-day option. would totally do again!

Holly A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

Really easy trip. We were able to have one adult and two kids per boat, which was great for me and my friend. We were doing it to celebrate summer with our recent graduates (from 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grades.) The staff was very helpful and the trip had tiny fast parts to make us feel triumphant!

Casey USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2013

This canoe trip from Healdsburg was so much fun!

From the moment you park there are people ready and willing to help you with your bags and point out where to check in, all with a smile and some jokes (helpful on an early morning trip). The canoes are great, though at times a bit tiring to paddle, and have plenty of room for several bags and a cooler - the cooler is a must.

We had a blast switching off between paddling, drinking wine, and hanging out with our fellow canoers. The weather was overcast at first, but when the sun broke through we ditched our sweaters for bathing suits and took plenty of breaks to just float and soak up some sun.

Would definitely recommend this canoe trip!

Melissa H USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

I had so much fun! I'm not an outdoorsy-type but it was a blast. Calm water with tiny pockets of faster currents to keep it interesting. The instructor gave good tips on the best way to navigate the river, how to steer, paddle etc. He also gave tips on good places to go ashore and climb out for some swimming--so bring a swimsuit. The water is refreshing; I wish I had thought to wear one.

You don't have to be an Olympic rower to enjoy this tour. I'm was a miserable but enthusiastic captain and while our boat did donuts in the water and ran aground into bushes and rocks, we were having fun and constantly laughing. There's a little shop before you set out in case you forgot your sunscreen or hat (so recommended). Also, wear your flip-flops for sloshing around in the water.

This was a great tour for this beginner/city girl and fun way to explore wine country without the wine. :)

Bandit USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

Great time coasting down the Russian River. It wasn't difficult to navigate (so don't be afraid if you've never done something like this before!) and the canoes were very sturdy. The instructor was professional and explained everything in detail before we took to the water. The good thing is that you aren't at a set pace; you can take a cooler with drinks and food, stop to swim or paddle as fast as you like!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

Amazing day out on Russian River! I did the half day trip and it was a really nice experience. Check-in was super easy and the briefing before we set off was informative. The stretch of the Russian River that we canoed down was beautiful - no buildings really, just great scenery, and super easy for paddling. There was plenty of space in the canoe for a cooler and lots of great spots to stop at along the way. Great for people of all ages!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

Fun day on the Russian River! The canoes were easy to maneuver and the views were beautiful. Before the trip, the guide gave us an overview of some basic canoe information so that was nice to learn before heading out on the water. I would highly recommend this trip!

Thomas L

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2017

We enjoyed our trip down the Russian River. Although it was billed as a full day trip up to 7 hours, we took about 3.5 hours to complete it. Since we canoed on a weekday and it was over 100 degrees outside, there were not many people on the river - which made for a very peaceful, scenic canoe trip! We packed our own lunch and drinks in a cooler and the site provided dry bags for our personal belongings. We needed a phone on the trip as you call when you are about 30-45 minutes from the end of the trip large rock standing in the middle of the river to arrange for pickup which was prompt!

Valarie A N

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2016

We had a wonderful time. When we started out, there were so many people, that we were worried we would not have a nature experience, but within the first half hour, the group dispersed, and we were paddling along in the silence of the river.

Donald S

3 star rating: Worth doing
August 2017

There are 2 trips you can take. Full and half day, 3-4 hours to 5-6 hours.
The boats were good except for the seats, too hard!
The trips was nice for a float trip, we went early August, and not much fast water.
Our group was 71, 70, 18, and 10 years old. Everyone thought the full day,
which is nine miles, was 2-3 miles too long. I think the half day would have been better.
They gave good instruction before the trip for everyone and tips on turning the boats.
Lots of paddle use because of the slow water and there were places that were two
shallow for the boat and you had to get out and pull for a few feet, but not a big problem.
Pretty river to float down and everyone seemed to be having fun.
My real only complaint about the trip was the ride back in this old dirty van.
The young girl who checked us in for the trip was also our driver coming back.
You sit sideways on benches and no one I saw could find a seat belt.
The young girl driver would be better at stock car racing, she drove way to fast
for the van and the roads. The ride was pretty quiet excepts for the prayers being said.
There was nowhere to put any bags or coolers so you had to drag them into the van with you.
Overall a good trip except for the ride back!

Shannon B

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
November 2016

When we arrived to check in at Russian River Adventures, they had no record of our reservation. This was extremely surprising as I had the confirmation from Viator as well as the voucher. Luckily, the staff at RRA was very friendly and accommodating. They quickly made arrangements with an off-duty staff member so that we could take our trip. I am disappointed with Viator and will not use the service again.

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