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Russian River Estuary
Lake like tidal salt water in between rainy periods.

Birds, Seal Pups, Whale, Wildlife In Plenty. 

Coming Soon:

Whale Watch Map

Stay back 50 yards from the  river mouth "Wildlife Resting Area" . They are protected and "Point of No Return"  currents flush into the  Pacific Ocean.
Be generous. If you feel a current, you're too close.

December into January:

Warm moderate periods remain throughout the year. Calm periods in between some breezy or rainy events. Our rainiest time of year is often January into March. Drought climate has increased periods of nonseasonal heat.


Estuary Micro-Climate:

  Weather / Water Forecast

River mouth perched.  Slow currents below 8 ft in Guerneville, especially with incoming tide.

Currents present upstream and here after each rain. 

12/18/2021:   We will reopen rentals when temps are above 54 degrees for most of the day and when river currents calm.  River current hazards, for novice paddlers, remain as rain picks up again Mon and again on Thur. Expect periodic rain and wind with cold daytime temps possibly into the beginning of January.  We are thankful for the rain  and will open again soon.



Forecasts can change: See our safety page for the same sites and apps we use to track local conditions.


A full list of our seasonal weather and river flow limitations, and when we close for all activities, can be found here.

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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.


Jenner Kayaks

Wildlife Adventures By Kayak

Rentals Since 2005

Interpreting for State Parks Since 1987

At the Russian River Estuary

Where the River meets the Sea.

Outfitter Permit Required.

We share the best ways to view the wildife!

Sonoma Safe: Breathe Freely On The Water
Heavily Visited Tourism and Outdoor Sports Area.

Marine Protected Area

State Park Waivers / Federal Regulations / Outfitter Permit Required



Reserve Early

"Covid Requirement" 

Exact times required to be able to provide distancing.

We want everyone to feel comfortable and to have a great time.

Time Slots - Every Half Hour

(Walk Up / And Same Day Reservation Wait Times)

(Can vary from 15 to 120 minutes)

They fill up quickly especially for weekends

"On Time Mandatory To Not Overlap"

​Don't Show Up If You Feel Sick, Have A Cough, Or Have A Temperature

To Avoid Cancellation Fees: Please Call Immediately.


Covid Update : Sonoma County Link

New case rates: Vaccinated and Unvaccinated


Masks Required for All in Crowded Outdoor and All Indoor Areas.

Crowded Conditions Can Happen At The Park, At Any Time.


During Periods Of Low Transmission Rates...

"Vaccination Card Benefits" 

Vaccinated: Masks Optional: Carry Your Vaccine Card and ID to Avoid Wearing Masks

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

Russian River Estuary And Marine Protected Area

"Know Before You Go"

Ocean Beach and Island Hikes / Wildlife and Birding

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

All Activities Remain At Your Own Risk

Client Monitoring For “State Marine Recreation Management Area”

With 'Federal Wildlife Protection"

All Participants Will Respect the Recommendations of our Staff, 

Local Regulations, our Access Partners, and our Other Participants.

All Boating Is Within The Protected River and Estuary Waters.


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 or Replacement Fees: To avoid damages...

    • 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 hulls or seats.

  • “No Go Zone” Rescue & Ticketing Fees: Pay Attention To Safety Reviews: "Protected Harbor Seal and Sea Bird Resting Area". Do not enter "or approach" roped off areas. Stay back 50 yards, which is 100 feet. State or Federal fines for disturbing resting seals and sea birds can be up to $10,000. None of us wants you to be charged extra fees. Private paddlers have also been gravely inured by entering river mouth or ocean currents at this same location. You might die or be banned from renting in the park if you enter this area. Join us in modeling respectful behavior. 

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

  • Boating under the influence (BUI) = fines.  Being under the influence of any mind altering substance is not allowed.  Participants showing up under the influence won't be allowed to go. Participants will be subject to ticketing and banned from renting in the park if they become under the influence on the water.  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 and Large Groups: At least 72 hours in advance.

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

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

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

Fall into Winter:

Rental Start Times

Thursday - Monday: 9 AM - 1 PM

Windy Afternoons: Meet as early as 8:30 AM.

(Hours and Days May Change per Weather Forecasts,

Seasonal Daylight and Temperature.)

See our micro-climate forecast updates.

Popular and Short Staffed:

You may need to leave a message during peak hours.


Reservations Required

Jenner: Very Limited Internet and Cell Service

Rural Land Line: No texts

Call: 9 AM - 6 PM Daily


Reserve Early and Be Timely:

Reserve for morning starts to avoid periods of afternoon wind.

Safety Review: Exactly 15 minutes after your reservation time.

Arrive Early To Find Parking

If you're too late to participate in your scheduled check-in and safety review, you may have to wait between 15 to 120 minutes for another opening.

Schools and Large Groups: Reservations available months in advance.

Rates: Non-Shuttled

Full Price List Below: Multiple Hour Discounts
           Non-Shuttled Rates

Rates are per each adult or child seating.

(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

Add 30 minutes prior to your "water time" for all rentals:

This is your reserved check-in and safety review time.

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

WaterTreks' Jenner Kayaks and State Park Liability Waivers Required

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
$50 (Adult. Ask for child discount.)

       Double: $100 (2 Adults. Ask for child discount.)

Total Time:  4.5 Hrs

     Water Time:     4 

              Single:  $70

            Double: $140 (2 Adults. Ask for child discount.)

Total Time:  Full Day

     Water Time:  6-8 Hrs

              Single:  $90

            Double: $180 (2 Adults. Ask for child discount.)

Useful Items To Bring:



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

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

Not Available: Still Short Staffed Per Covid-19.

Not Available: During Covid Infection Surges.

May Resume For Vaccinated Reservations, When Fully Staffed

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.      

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.


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


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).

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 time fees.)

                       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)         $180
Forestville                   5 / 2.5                       40                     $50                   $100   
Guerneville                 3 / 1.5                       30                     $45                   $ 90
Vacation Beach           4 / 2                          25                     $40                   $ 80 
Monte Rio                6.5 / 3                          20                     $30                   $ 60 
Duncans Mills          4-6 / 2                          25                      $30                  $ 60
Willow Creek          2-4 / NA                       10                      $20                   $ 40

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.