Who doesn’t love floating on the river? River’s are my favorite places to play, so when I found out that we could rent canoes and spend the entire day outdoors floating, you didn’t have to tell me twice. Without further ado, here’s our canoe trip on the Russian River.
I booked my canoe through Burke’s Canoes. But, because it was a long weekend I made sure to get a reservation. If I hadn’t, they would have definitely been sold out that day. For a two person canoe, it costs $68 and the process is beyond easy. Remember it’s CASH ONLY. We put the address into our google maps and it lead straight there. Parking was free in their lot. After signing a short release form and handing over one drivers license and grabbed our canoe.
They reiterate over and over that if you’re not a good swimmer, they will not rent to you. This is not a tour, you’re by yourself. They do, however, provide life jackets.
We packed our cooler and bags into the canoe and paddled off.
In the Cooler
- snack packs
DON’T FORGET TO BRING:
- Waterproof case for Phone
After 3-4 hours of leisure paddle, we arrived at the Burke’s takeout beach. You can’t miss them, with their lime green umbrellas and big sign that says Burke’s takeout. There are guys there to get your canoes out before you jump on a bus and head back to your car.
** Don’t forget to tip your driver!
We floated the river with actual floaties this time. We parked one car at our takeout which was Sunset Beach. It cost $7 to park there all day. We then clamored into another car and shuttled 10 minutes up the road to Steelhead Beach. It cost $7 to park there as well. ADVICE: Get there before 11 AM or you will not get a spot in either lot. Once we parked our second car at Steelhead, we leisurely got ready. We filled up our tubes with a hand pump, filled the floating cooler and meandered down to the beach. Because we were floating and not paddling, it took an extra hour. Both experiences were insanely awesome, but I do prefer the tubes because I was able to be in the water more.
AND the matching Cooler!
Ever been on the Russian River? Tell us your experience!