Russian River, Steelhead to Guerneville

Co-listed with Senior Walkabouters meet-up group. We'll paddle from Steelhead Beach to Johnson's Beach in Guerneville. Meet at Steelhead Beach, then we'll shuttle cars to Guerneville. On the water time 10 am.

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  • debbie c.

    Well Linda, I'am interested in paddling Wed. tomorrow...(415) 924-3865..call please, I left you a message..

    October 15, 2013

  • Linda S.

    Steelhead Beach to Monte Rio: Towards finishing the Healdsburg to Ocean stretch of the Russian River. I still have 5 boats loaded on the car, so I am looking for people to paddle with. This would not be a beginner's paddle, as it will take about 3 hours, I think.
    I Suggested this trip, but the message says that I need 2 more rsvps before it will announce the trip!! Call me at[masked]

    October 15, 2013

    • Lori

      Hi Linda, I am interested in this but am not able to go Wednesday. Steelhead to Monte Rio is about 15 miles. It is definitely not a beginner paddle.

      October 15, 2013

  • Liam

    Great!, water a little low in spots , but enough to shimmy over; nice flat water , a little warm headwind, great sights , only had to walk once.

    October 14, 2013

  • Deb T.

    Beautiful day on the water....

    1 · October 14, 2013

  • cathleen c.

    I am told this is a "new" gate. It is located at the "top" of the entrance to the beach, so as to prevent cars from driving down on the gravel. There is a sign on the gate which explains, how to get a key. I Do not remember details. I suggest you contact the Sonoma County Sheriff for directions regarding gate.

    How far you would carry your boat would depend on how high the river is. Hope this helps.

    October 14, 2013

    • Lori

      You need to contact the Sonoma County regional park for the key. The gate is where the pavement ends. Also Johnson's was closed and we street parked in Guerneville.

      October 14, 2013

    • Carl H. I.

      I asked a park maintenance guy about it once. He said the problem when they left it open all the time was people would drive on the beach and get stuck. The gate is there mainly to allow fishermen to launch boats.

      October 14, 2013

  • Joya H

    Thanks, Carl, for organizing, 19 is a big group of paddlers to keep track of. I appreciate your patience and understated helpful ways on the water. A great group of folks all around, I had a really enjoyable time! And the warm Autumn day was such a gift. I loved the Perception kayak! Great tracking AND maneuverability, and a little speed all in one boat! So thank you for bringing it and letting me use it, Carl. One of my goals this season was to decide on a boat for myself, so I'm one happy kayaker! I'll bet by next summer, I'll be a kayaker owner and can join in on a lot more outings!

    October 14, 2013

  • Kevin T

    Hi Cathleen, I will probably be back at the rive next summer. I've been to Steelhead. Can you explain how the new gate works and where in the park it is? Just wondering how far I'll need to carry the boat. thx.

    October 14, 2013

  • cathleen c.

    Friendly folks, great weather, perfect temperature, nice mellow paddling,very relaxing day. Steelhead park was neutral as the newly installed gate was disapointing. Launch was easy as everyone was very helpful. North Bay Kayakers were a terrific group!!!

    1 · October 14, 2013

  • Linda S.

    Beautiful day on the river. 9 miles is a long paddle for newcomers to kayaking, but all 3 did a great job. Take a nice long soak in a tub.
    Also, thank you to all for helping to carry my kayaks to the cars, and hauling them back to my car and helping me load them up.
    --- For those up for 2 more long paddles, We still have Guerneville to Monte Rio, then Monte Rio to Jenner, as 2 different trips to finish the river. For short paddles -- I am frequently up for an evening/sunset paddle at Jenner, on Sun, Mon Wed, & Fri evenings. Give me a call if you are interested:[masked]

    1 · October 13, 2013

  • Robert E.

    We had a fun day riding the currents & fast water and enjoying wildlife along the way. This was the longest one-way trip we've done and our first on the Russian River. We'll be back to explore other parts! Very nice to be able to shuttle rides.

    1 · October 13, 2013

  • Carl H. I.

    Thanks everyone for coming out, and thanks to Linda for bringing the loaner boats and giving lessons.

    1 · October 13, 2013

  • elaine m.

    Why not lake Sonoma? Now we are losing paddlers & will be scraping rocks

    October 13, 2013

    • Lori

      Lake Sonoma is closed due to the federal shutdown. I have been on the river many times and yes there will be some bottom scraping. But then again there is always some bottom scraping. It's the river. I am still planning on going.

      October 13, 2013

    • Carl H. I.

      Overall I think the water situation was good enough. I only scraped in a few places.

      October 13, 2013

  • cathleen c.

    THANK YOU Carl, Lori and all of my new paddling friends! I Loved today on the river...friendly folks,beautiful weather, perfect temperature, birds, trees, aromas of autumn! 'Looking forward to another paddle with you all.

    October 13, 2013

  • Sherri A.

    Thank you Carl for organizing the day.

    October 13, 2013

  • Sherri A.

    What a beautiful day on the water

    October 13, 2013

  • Liam

    Had a great time paddling with all of you, hope to do it again soon!

    October 13, 2013

  • elaine m.

    Thanx Lori. Doh! River scraping it is!

    October 13, 2013

  • Robyn Lieberman C.

    I think I'll hold off on this one. Hope you guys have a great time!

    October 13, 2013

  • Carl H. I.

    Just looked at the river flow from SCWA. Friday at Hacienda bridge was 87 cfs. That's a might on the thin side.

    October 12, 2013

    • Brent

      should we go for lake sonoma instead?

      October 13, 2013

    • Carl H. I.

      I think we'll be alright.

      October 13, 2013

  • Brent

    could a plan "B" be to go to lake sonoma??

    October 13, 2013

  • Teresa C.

    Carl, Thanks for checking on this for us. I'm going to cancel an wait to kayak the river at another time when we have more water. I have one of those composite boats that do not like to be run up on rocks and gravel. Hopefully, I can meet you folk at another time.

    October 12, 2013

  • elaine m.

    Carl pleAse explain how car shuttle ( ie for passengers only? ( kayaks stay at Johnson Beach with some people?)

    October 7, 2013

    • Carl H. I.

      Yes. We drop the kayaks at Steelhead. Drivers only go to Guerneville (Johnsons Beach). A couple cars bring the drivers back.

      October 12, 2013

  • Maureen T

    have to cancel- car trouble

    October 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey I'm a new member looking to borrow a boat. Hoping to join in Steelhead Bch Sunday. I could get a dual/tandom if nothing else
    pops up to the surface, Ha Ha.

    Brent- I live in same neighborhood as Deb Turner. she invited me.
    maybe carpool, I have a tacoma truck.

    October 12, 2013

  • Deb T.

    I live right off Hwy 116 in Sebastopol. IF anyone is driving by this way to get to Steelhead (and of course have room for my kayak on /in your vehicle). I could and would be willing to be the yak sitter on either end (or both sides) of the the shuttle.

    October 9, 2013

    • Brent

      Hello Deb, do you stilll need a ride? if so give me a call[masked] see you sunday Brent

      October 12, 2013

  • Deb T.

    Its a Sunday, I can go!! :)

    October 7, 2013

  • Teresa C.

    Carl, I might drive up from the Palo Alto area for this. What is the skill level needed? Is there any whitewater...I do not know the area.

    October 7, 2013

    • Carl H. I.

      Basic maneuvering ability is needed. There's occasional obstacles and a few spots with trees on the turns but there's no whitewater. It's a beginner level run.

      October 7, 2013

    • Teresa C.

      Thank-you. I have signed up. See you on Sunday.

      October 7, 2013

  • elaine m.

    Steelhead is new launch spot for me!! I will bring my 13'Necky yak ... launch at 9:30/ 10a??? please EXPLAIN how the car shuttle works.

    October 7, 2013

  • Judy M.

    Robert, thanks for your offer of help but I actually will have to pass on this trip. Will run in to the two of you soon, around town, I'm sure. Best to you both.

    October 6, 2013

  • Robert E.

    Can someone let us know about how long we will be on the water? Should we pack a lunch or will we be stopping somewhere along the route?

    October 4, 2013

    • Carl H. I.

      It's hard to say how long we'll be, but based on past experience we'll probably finish around 3 pm. Bring a lunch.

      October 5, 2013

    • Robert E.

      OK....thanx

      October 5, 2013

  • Judy M.

    Robert, please say hi to Mary, we worked together at Social Services, small world. As it turns out I may not be able to make this trip, life!!!!

    October 5, 2013

    • Robert E.

      Hi Judy...Yes, I was excited when I saw that you were in this group and went up to let Mary know. If we can help you to make this trip, let us know.

      October 5, 2013

  • Kevin T

    Hi Carl, how is the water level at this time of the year. I've done the same route in the middle of summer but never this late in the year. Thx.

    Kevin

    October 1, 2013

    • Carl H. I.

      Generally it's adequate, though you'll probably scrape bottom here and there and might have to get out and walk over some gravel bars.

      October 2, 2013

  • hollie

    I might be interested but wonder how much carrying in low water areas would be involved, as i need two people to carry my Kayak.

    October 2, 2013

    • Carl H. I.

      It's hard to say. There are shallow spots, particularly near the end at Guerneville once they take the dam down, where you have to get out and walk, but generally there's enough water you can float the boat along. I've never had to physically pick up a boat and carry it (except at put in and take out). It also depends on when they start releasing water from Lake Sonoma to get ready for winter rains (it's primarily a flood control dam, so they have to make room for anticipated run off).

      October 2, 2013

  • Judy M.

    I'd be coming down from Ukiah, Lake Mendocino is so low there is no way to get to the water. Looking forward to kayaking between one thing and another haven't been able to get out once this year, love to do that before the rains come.

    October 1, 2013

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