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California whitewater, Russian River

Mendocino Sonoma county, Pieta Creek to 101 Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II+(III)     8.4 miles
  The scenic beauty of California and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Clearlake, as you can see on the road map further down. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in California are often more challenging than in other states, so better not forget that the rivers in this state are less manageable. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't
    matter, in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. There's camping available near Russian River. This section of Russian River in Mendocino/ Sonoma County is 8.4 miles long and is a class II+(III) section
of whitewater according to American Whitewater. Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors will have you coming back for more. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. This stretch is mid length, it's good length for a morning trip. The river winds through the Coast Ranges and you get great scenery. No need to look hard for hotels, but if you donít have reservations  
you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly about the general area:
You'll meet a lot of folks from Hopland here. Summertime highs at Russian River ordinarily tend to be in the 90's. Summer night lows sink down to the 50's. Highs through the winter are generally in the 50's, and overnight lows through the winter for Russian River tend to be in the 30's. Russian River is a rather wet place typically with a good deal of rainfall. Of all the months in a year January is the one with the most rain, and the driest month is July.

Russian River, Pieta Creek to 101 Bridge road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Russian River.
 Whitewater Near Russian River:
Russian River, Mendocino/ Sonoma County, 3 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 8.4 miles long (Pieta Creek to 101 Bridge)
Big Sulphur Creek, Lake County, 11 miles away
      Class IV-V - 9 miles long (Iron Bridge to washed-out crossing)
Little Sulphur Creek, Sonoma County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 11 miles long (Healdsburg-Geyserville Road to Big Sulphur Creek)
Rancheria Creek, Mendocino County, 18 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 13 miles long (Fish Rock Road to Mountain View Road)
Big Sulphur Creek, Lake County, 18 miles away
      Class III-V - 4.6 miles long (Close to Geysers to Iron Bridge)
Russian River - East Fork, Mendocino County, 21 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 2.6 miles long (Falls to Lake Mendocino)
Russian River, Mendocino County, 22 miles away
      Class II - 8.8 miles long (Calpella to Ukiah)
Eel River, Mendocino County, 28 miles away
      Class II-III - 35 miles long (Van Arsdale Dam to Dos Rios)
Mark West Creek, Sonoma County, 28 miles away
      Class III-V - 4 miles long (Mark West Lodge to Mark West Road)
Rancheria Creek, Mendocino County, 28 miles away
      Class II - 11 miles long (Mountain View Road to Navarro River)
 Marinas Near Russian River:
Lake Sonoma Resort Area, Geyserville , 10 miles away
Konocti Vista Casino Resort and Marina, Finley , 14 miles away
Aurora RV Park and Marina, Nice , 19 miles away
Holiday Harbor RV Park and Marina, Nice , 19 miles away
 Beaches Near Russian River:
Laurel Beach, Lake , 18 miles away
Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach, Sonoma , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Russian River:
Auberge On The Vineyard, Cloverdale , 4 miles away
Cloverdale Oaks Inn, Cloverdale , 5 miles away
Super 8 Cloverdale, Cloverdale , 5 miles away
Old Crocker Inn, Cloverdale , 7 miles away
Geyserville Inn, Geyserville , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Russian River:
Naco West, Cloverdale, 3 miles away
Cloverdale Citrus Fair, Cloverdale, 4 miles away
Cloverdale RV Park, Cloverdale, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Russian River:
Cadd Fire Trail, Sonoma , 18 miles away, 3.6 hiking miles, 640 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Russian River:
Point Reyes National Seashore, Point Reyes - CA , 46 miles away
Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley - CA , 62 miles away
Clear Lake State Park, California , 17 miles away
Austin Creek State Park, California , 18 miles away
Armstrong Redwoods State Park, California , 19 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Russian River:
Cobb Meadow Golf Club, Kelseyville , 19 miles away
Tayman Park Golf Course, Healdsburg , 19 miles away
Ukiah Municipal Golf Course, Ukiah , 20 miles away
 Lakes Near Russian River
Lake Sonoma, Sonoma , 9 miles away
Highland Springs Reservoir, Lake , 10 miles away
Blue Lakes, Lake , 16 miles away

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