|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
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