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Russian River Estuary
Micro-climate Forecast
Always Avoid Restricted Harbor Seal And Sea Bird Resting Area And
River Mouth Currents.

June into July: Calmer periods increase. Breezy afternoons still common with some windy days on most Northern California rivers. ​Try this: Reserve to kayak early. Enjoy other PM activities.

No Act Of Nature

Cancellation Fees.

 

6/18/2021: River Mouth Perched. Reduced low tides.

Hot temps through this weekend.

Thur - Tuesday:  Calm estuary conditions. Afternoon breezes may exist upstream. 

Mon: Fog Possible

Wed-Thur: Afternoon breezes return and then calm again for the weekend.

 

Forecasts are subject to change.

Check updates often.

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Many of our wildlife photos are contributed by Bob Noble.

See Bob's Eyes...

Suki Waters captures most of the wildlife and scenic video.

See contributions also from

George Scott Zastrow Photography

We welcome contributions from our clients and friends.

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Jenner Kayaks

Rentals Since 2005

Wildlife Adventures By Kayak

We share the best ways to view

Sonoma Safe: Breathe Freely On The Water
Masks On Land, and Social Distancing Reservations Required

 

California Mask Updates:

After June 15, 2021: Vaccinated: No Masks: Show Vaccination Card and  ID.

Non-Vaccinated: Same household only. Masks and Social Distancing Reservation Required.

Crowded Outdoor Conditions: Masks and social distancing required for everyone especially when vaccination status cannot be verified.

Please Carry Your Vaccine Card and ID to Avoid Wearing Masks.

 

"Vaccination Card Benefits"

Build Your Own Mixed Group: Vaccination cards and matching ID required. 

Do Not Show Up If You Feel Sick, Have A Cough, Or Have A Temperature

To avoid cancellation fees: Call immediately.

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The official CDC mask update poster is at the bottom of this page.

Open

( Year Round: Acts of Nature Permitting.)

Spring Into Summer Hours

May - October: Open Daily When Fully Staffed

November - April: Open Daily During School Breaks

Thursday through Monday year round, as weather permits.

Short staffed: Closed Tuesday and Wednesday until fully staffed.

Reserve Early: Staff may not be able to answer calls during peak hours.

Walk Up and Same Day reservations: May be limited per popularity.

To Ensure Staff or Seating: Reserve 72 hours to one week in advance

Reserve for morning starts to avoid afternoon wind.

 

Jenner: Very Poor Internet and Cell Service

Rural Land Line: No texts

Reservations: 707-865-2249

9 AM-6 PM Daily

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Reserve Early and Be Timely: Social Distancing Time Slots Are Limited!

We can't overlap time slots: If You're Late... You May Have To Wait.

Your Equipment May Also Be Reserved For Use By Another Client

After Your Scheduled Return Time.

We won't deduct time from their reserved activity or reduce your fee, if you are late.

Late Reservation Wait Times Are The Same As Walk Up Reservations.

Same Day and Walk Up Reservation Wait Times: Vary from 15 to 90 minutes

Estuary And Lower Russian River

"Know Before You Go"
Client Monitoring For “State Marine Recreation Management Area”

With Federal Wildlife Protection.

All Boating Is Within The Protected River and Estuary Waters.
Ocean Beach and Island Hikes / Wildlife and Birding

An operate by permit only location.
(See "Safety Limitations" Compliance Mandatory )

All Activities Remain At Your Own Risk

 

Excess Cleaning: + $20: Return as received: A little wet and sandy is fine. No: Trash, excess mud, food scraps. "Potentially infectious waste": Masks, tissues, etc. + $50

  • Cost Of Damages Fees: Please respect our equipment: Pull by handles only, not by stowage cords. Don't melt our kayaks with lighters or cigarette butts. Don't break paddles by using them as shovels or to shove off. Step on foot areas only, not on hull or seats.

  • “No Go Zone” Rescue & Ticketing Fees: Pay Attention To Safety Reviews: We can incur State or Federal fines for client misbehavior, if we don't stay on top of or report purposeful misbehavior ourselves. Fines for disturbing resting seals and sea birds can be up to $10,000.  Private paddlers have also been gravely inured by being in river mouth or ocean currents. None of us wants to become enforcement or to charge extra fees.  However, there is "a small" "No Go" client list. 

  • Leave No Trace: Please, benefit rather than harm the areas we visit; by leaving only foot prints and taking only photos and memories. This area is protected. No littering!

  • Boating under the influence (BUI) = fines.  Being under the influence of any mind altering substance is not allowed.   Kayaking is a great way to work up an appetite, or a thirst, for enjoying our local cuisines, wine tasting or fresh microbrews "after your activity".

  • Cancellation Fees:

  • No Shows: Full Price: To avoid last minute cancellation fees: Call us in time to allow others on a waiting list, to be contacted, to use your seats.

  • Rentals: Call at least 24 hours in advance.

  • Guided Tours: At least 72 hours in advance.

  • Large Groups: One week in advance.

  • Or provide 'proof of illness': We don't immediately charge. Instead we allow time for clients to provide a copy of a doctors note.

  • No "Act of Nature" fees: High wind, rain, fire or pandemic closures. We call you. 

Main Rules : Pay Attention, Be Nice and Have Fun!


  Jenner Kayaks

Kayak Rental Rates: Non-Shuttled

 

Start Times: Every Half Hour: Reservations Required

Reserve AM Starts For Windy Afternoons.

9 AM - 2 PM Monday and Thursday

9 AM - 4 PM Friday - Sunday (When Fully Staffed)

We are temporarily very short staffed.

(Water Rescue Certification for best pay) (CPR/First Aid for paid intern / apprentice)
 Add 30 minutes to your time for all rentals:

First half hour is check-in and safety review.

Your Reservation Time Is The Time To Check In For Paperwork and Payment.

All rentals Include: Kayak, Paddle, Life Vest, Drybag and Safety Review Lesson.

WaterTreks and State Park Liability Waivers Required

 

Full Price List Below: Multiple Hour Discounts
           Non-Shuttled Pricing = Per Seat:

(See Single Prices For Adult Rates)

Ask about discounts for families with children, seniors,

youth groups, military, emergency service, and hospital staff.

Child Under 12: Half Price
Dogs: + $10

Jenner By the Sea: Estuary Loop / Park & Paddle!
No Shuttle Required: 2-4 hours of paddling with wildlife, exploring the island and walking coastal beaches. Seal, whale, otter, many birds.

 

Adult Rates: Ask about discounts for families with children, seniors, military, emergency service, and hospital staff.

 
  Total Time: 2.5 Hrs

Water Time:     2
         Single: 
$50

       Double: $100

Total Time:  4.5 Hrs

     Water Time:     4 

              Single:  $70

            Double: $140

Total Time:  Full Day

     Water Time:  6-8 Hrs

              Single:  $90

            Double: $180

Useful Items To Bring:

sunscreen

sunglasses

wide brimmed hat or cap
layering and water friendly shoes
small waterproof day pack or use our drybags
water & snacks
binoculars
GPS (Handy for Geocaching)
waterproof camera

​​​​Shuttled Routes: Group Shuttle Discount: 4+: Ask!

Not Available: Still Short Staffed Per Covid-19

May Resume For Vaccinated Reservations After June 15th, 2021

Dependent on full staffing

 Hiring Since May of 2020

Note: 90% of our activities are not shuttled.

48 hour advanced shuttle reservation required.

Shuttles and guided tours can resume once mask and social distancing recommendations are lifted. Please help reach herd immunity and to reduce virus variants. Wear you mask, social distance, and get vaccinated as soon as possible. We look forward to resuming full activities and your efforts in your daily lives can help us all to get there. Stay safe and thank you for your participation.
 

Willow Creek:  Route Reversible: 2-4 Miles
Shuttle Times: 9 AM / 11 AM / 1PM

Just Upstream Of Jenner. Gentle paced exploratory route includes the island loop with good swimming near the Willow Creek Campground beach. Birding And Wildlife Area. 

      

                          4.5 Hrs     Full Day

On the water:      4             Return by last return time. 

           Single:      $75           $95            
         Double:    $145         $185   


Duncan Mills or Monte Rio: Reversible: 7-10 Miles
Shuttle Times: 9 AM

For Duncan Mills Campers: Paddle through the heart of our main wildlife corridor into Sonoma Coast State Park.  Low impact aerobic 4 hour route " with not much time to explore estuary wildlife" or full day adventure. Monte Rio is a full day trip.

  
Duncan Mills:   5 Hrs  or  Full Day:  Monte Rio: Full Day Only

On the water:      4            Return by last return time.  

           Single:    $80            100         
Double:              155           195      

 
Guerneville to Monte Rio or Duncan Mills: 3-8 Miles

This route does not require  lifeguard safety monitoring for the Marine Protected Area.

May require an extra Shuttle Vehicle and extra Guerneville Staff, which may not be available. Or call Kings Sport in Guerneville. They cover this Summer route.


October through April: Shuttle Times: 9 AM / 11 AM
Includes access fees: Possible afternoon upstream winds. Summer Dams, Occasional River Currents: Route Not Reversible.
Reserve for GV Staff: Warmer and less occasional fog in early Summer.  Restrooms and good beach food available at Monte Rio beach starting in mid May to June.

 

Duncan Mills:   4.5 Hrs  or  Full Day:  Monte Rio: Full Day Only

On the water:      4               Return by last return time. 

Single:               $60               $80           

Double:            $110            $150    

Multi Day Rentals: Finishing In Jenner "Marine Protected Area"

Included: Map of Jenner with wildlife and safety restrictions.

Guerneville to Jenner: Camp overnight at Duncans Mills: Casini Ranch Family Campground or Duncans Mills Camping Club : Requires advanced planning and reservations with us and your campground.

  2 Day:  Single:   $150    Double:   $280

Start: Forestville or Healdsburg:      2 - 4 Day Custom Trips

Requires advanced planning and reservations with us and your accomodations.      

 
Accommodations:
Forestville: Camping
Guerneville: Camping or accommodations with river and hot tub access.
Duncans Mills: Camping
Jenner: State Park camping or accommodations with hot tub or sauna access.

 

 

Multi Day Guided Instructional Tours: More details on our tour page.

Include:

Kayak outfitting and instruction.
Camping: With Breakfast and Dinner Camp Meals And Packed Lunches.

Or

A Combination of Camping And Vacation Rentals: With Packed Lunches.
Breakfast And Dinner:
Can Be A Combination Of Camp Food And Meals At Vacation Rentals Or

Dining At Local Establishments (Within Walking Or Kayaking Distance Or By Group Van Shuttle).

 

Useful Items To Bring:

sunscreen

sunglasses

wide brimmed hat or cap
layering and appropriate shoes
small day pack
water & snacks
binoculars
GPS (Handy for Geocaching)
waterproof camera

See Rental Routes For Rentals With Shuttle Included

Additional Personal  Kayaks: Join Family Or Friends Renting Our Equipment:

Personal Kayaks Cannot Exceed Equal Number of Rentals: +  $15 per person.

Full group cannot exceed van seating. Current Seating: 7 people.

Not Available : Covid 19

 

Shuttle Only With Your Own Equipment

Full List

Must Reserve: At least 72 hours in advance. Meet time is 8 AM.

Full group cannot exceed van seating. Current Seating: 7 people.

Reserve a month in advance for larger options.

Logistics & Transport: Includes Route Map, Weather Forecast, Ecological Interpretation, & Route Safety Suggestions (Shuttle fee included in our rental rates.)
(Be ready to load your equipment on our arrival. Our staff have other clients waiting for their service on most days. . Shuttle fees include our vehicle costs plus staff hours.  Delays may include extra staff costs.)

 
                       Average Water Time      Driving Time     Route Fees           Groups
             Hours: Low Flow / High Flow     Minutes            Per Kayak        Per Van Trip
Healdsburg               5.5 / 3                         80         (Multi-day Route)         $175
Forestville                   5 / 2.5                       40                     $50                   $100   
Guerneville                 3 / 1.5                       30                     $35                   $ 70
Vacation Beach           4 / 2                          25                     $30                   $ 60  
Monte Rio                6.5 / 3                          20                     $25                   $ 50  
Duncans Mills          4-6 / 2                          25                      $25                  $ 50
Willow Creek          2-4 / NA                       10                      $15                   $ 30

Joining your friends or family renting from us for 1/2 or Full Day shuttled routes?

Shuttle your own kayaks or paddle boards and gear for an extra $15 per person.

Full group cannot exceed van seating of 7 persons.

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