Sonoma Coast Tour: Russian River Kayaking
103 Ratings
Embark on a thrilling Sonoma Coast Tour and kayak along the Russian River as it merges with the Pacific Ocean. Encounter wildlife, enjoy scenic views, and experience the tranquility of the water on this unforgettable adventure.
Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • 10451 CA-1 - Times have been tough! As Sonoma County reopens we believe it is more important than ever to get outside and get moving! So… Let us show you the gorgeous and rugged Sonoma Coast! We meet and begin kayaking in the small seaside town of Jenner. After a brief safety talk and paddling instruction, we hit the water and explore the beautiful Russian River where it joins the Pacific Ocean. Your guide will enthusiastically discuss the area’s history, wildlife, landscape, seasons, and whatever else you can possibly think of. Questions are highly appreciated and looked forward to by our staff. The paddling is gentle and we keep our eyes open for a variety of wildlife including river otters, pelicans, osprey, and curious harbor seals. We will land on the beach and check out the ocean before getting back in the boats and heading back to Jenner. Your guide can offer great recommendations for other beaches and options in the area for you to continue your day of adventure. All gear used by guests is sanitized by our staff after every tour.
What's Included
  • Paddles
  • Local guide
  • Life Jackets
  • Kayaks
What's Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Snacks
  • Lunch
  • Bottled water
Additional Information

Join us on a thrilling Sonoma Coast Kayak Tour that whisks you off to the breathtaking Pacific Ocean shores to witness the convergence of the Russian River with the sea. This splendid day on the water features plenty of fauna including birds, seals, possible whale sightings and serene river relaxation. The tour, lasting around 2.5 hours, involves river paddling and leisurely beach strolls with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.

  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund.
  • Please bring water shoes or sandals.
  • We will get wet. Bring clothes you won’t mind getting wet and consider bringing a change of clothes.
  • The weather at the coast can change quickly. Please bring an extra layer in case it is a bit chilly. It’s better to have more clothes than you need rather than wish you had an extra layer.
  • Due to Covid-19 we are unable to supply food or beverages. If you would like lunch during or after your tour please feel free to bring something to enjoy or your guide can recommend some of our fantastic local cafes or restaurants.
10451 CA-1
California 1
Your guide will meet you at the top of the boat ramp in front of the Sonoma Coast Visitor's Center in Jenner. There is very limited cell service at the meeting location and twisty roads to get out there so please plug in driving directions ahead of time to best estimate driving times.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
(103 Ratings)
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May 26, 2024
Anniversary gift for my husband 💕 - This was a great experience - so close to home! My husband and I enjoyed learning about the river and the conservation efforts that are taking place in this beautiful area! The morning mist rendered a surreal backdrop along with the harbor seal 🦭 sightings. As a native to this area, Erik was an excellent tour guide since he was able to share some of his childhood memories of the river! I will definitely be bringing my family here again 😌
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May 25, 2024
Awesome! - The trip was great! Eric did a great job and was super helpful! He made the trip interesting and fun. Highly recommend.
Review provided by Viator
May 15, 2024
Must do when in the area!!! - Erik was phenomenal! Very informative and provided great insight to the area and it's history - Highly Recommend! Great add to the vacation.
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May 13, 2024
Beautiful experience! - Trip greatly exceeded expectations! Beautiful paddle in great boats with a fantastic guide. Lots of wildlife and different environments.
Review provided by Viator
Apr 21, 2024
Highly recommended - This is one of the best kayak experience we have ever had. It is pretty relaxing with beautiful views of Russian river and also the coast, our guide Erik is humorous and very nice and told us bunch of great stories about the area and animals. We highly recommend this experience!
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Apr 20, 2024
High recommended - Highly recommend! Our guide Erik is amicable and experienced! Sharing a lot of funny life stories and knowledge about Russian river. The experience is very fun and chill! We also see seals!
Review provided by Viator
Nov 4, 2023
Erik with Smart Tours is a Russian River kayaking expert guide - As a beginner at kayaking, my first concern was safety and Erik proved to be an expert whom I would highly recommend. He looks at multiple weather forecasts, tide charts, and currents, and having grown up near the Russian River, he knows all the ins and outs of where and when you’ll get the best and safest kayaking experience. What I also liked is that he gives a 100% effort at customer service, and is professional and organized with all the details. He answered all my questions in advance so he’s quick to respond by email. Another bonus is that he’s an enthusiastic naturalist so he knows a lot about the river wildlife (otters, seals) and birds, of which you’ll see many varieties. Since I live in Sonoma County, I also enjoyed his knowledge of local history — not to mention tips on good restaurants. (I’d recommend Cafe Aquatica which is right next door to the boat launch — good food and river views, and live music on weekends.) I plan to paddle with him again and recommend him to my friends, and visitors can relax knowing they’ll have a good time on the beautiful Russian River. - Christine
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Oct 24, 2023
So peaceful! - This trip was absolutely breathtaking! Erik was so knowledgeable on the area and the wildlife and made the kayak trip so relaxing and peaceful! Highly recommend!
Review provided by Viator
Oct 24, 2023
Make your way to Jenner - What an awesome experience! The views were incredible and saw lots of wildlife which made the tour that much more exciting! Erik was very knowledgeable on the area, kayaking and all the animals we saw! We got very lucky and the river was SO calm and no wind!
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Oct 17, 2023
Birds Birds Birds! - All of us had been kayaking many times before, but we underestimated the beauty of the Russian River and the wildlife we would see. All of us agreed we had never seen so many birds in one place before. Erik was extremely knowledgeable about the local environs and wildlife and very conscious to not disturb the wildlife, which I appreciate. So many birds, so many seals, and we even saw river otters!
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minimum 2 guests
up to 12 guests
2 Adult
July 2024