Russian River
Insider's Guide to Exploring the Russian River Coast

Coast Overview -

The Russian River coastline stretches about 55 miles. Highway One runs the whole stretch from the southern town of Bodega Bay to the northernmost town of Gualala. Jenner lies at the mouth of the Russian River mid way between those two towns. From Bodega Bay to Jenner the hills approaching the ocean are mostly low lying and beach access is easy. North of Jenner and the mouth of the river, the mountain sides climb higher from the water edge and beach access is found at several parks along the way.

Suggested Activities -

Bodega Bay is a great place to visit. There is shopping, a marina, dining and multiple parks. Try driving out to Bodega Head and taking a walk along the cliffs. Sometimes the winds kick up and you can throw a pebble out in front of yourself and have it fly back over your head.

Goat Rock beach is where the Russian River enters the ocean. There are hiking trails here, picnic tables, restrooms, dunes, and barbeque pits. The Harbor seals come to rest at the river's mouth. Goat Rock is an all around nice beach. There is plenty of room for playing Frisbee, football or flying a kite. If you get tired of the ocean surf, just walk to the other side and skip rocks in the river. It is also a perfect spot to catch a sunset.

Fort Ross was founded as a Russian trading colony in the early 1800s; Fort Ross is now a museum and park. Located on a scenic part of the coastline the park offers several activities. These include: guided tours, hiking, camping, scuba diving, fishing, picnicking and history.

By: James Tao Klauenburch Writer

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