Sonoma Coast Tour: Russian River Kayaking
86 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
(86 Ratings)
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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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Oct 5, 2023
Great Experience on the Russian River - We had a fantastic time kayaking in Jenner. The weather was perfect and water like glass, very little wind but a nice breeze coming off the ocean. Erik shared a lot of history about the area and pointed out numerous items of interest. It was cool to have seals swimming amongst us with a couple curious ones following on occasion. We also want to thank Erik for his donation to the Humane Society toward the silent auction items that we bid on, which included this tour package.
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Oct 1, 2023
Great Russian River kayak adventure. - We had a great paddle with Erik -- we aren't very experienced kayakers -- but he really made us feel comfortable and adjusted to our pace. He also knows the area so well -- including the best spots to see all kinds of wildlife. Will definitely book another trip in the future !
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Sep 25, 2023
Another Fantastic Aquatic Adventure with Erik - This was our second time kayaking in Jenner with Erik, having previously joined him in August 2021. We loved it so much that we brought back out neice to experience the natural wonders of the surrounding area...from the marvelous microclimates (clouds on the water) to the playful harbor seals and natural migratory birds, with all sorts of flora and fauna in between. This was a highlight of her trip (and first time in California)! Erik and his father were gracious hosts, and their passion for the area was evident in their in-depth knowledge shared with our group. We will be back for another excursion if we are in the area again, as each experience was different and special.
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Sep 22, 2023
Amazing experience! - What an amazing morning we had kayaking with Erik on the RR in Jenner. Erik is full of local history, flora & fauna as well as knowledgeable of all the animals we encountered. And on the safety side he knew how to navigate around any questionable parts of the river. It’s so great when a guide really loves what they do as much as Erik seems to. We saw so many seals! And birds galore. Book this Tour!
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Sep 20, 2023
Highlight of our trip! - This was such a fun and memorable experience for our family. Some in our group had kayaking experience, while others were novices, but we all had a great time. It's ok if you're not so fit, or even if you are a little afraid of the water. It's a very safe, and smooth ride. Erik is a great guide, easygoing, fun and knowledgeable and we learned interesting facts about the local wildlife and history of the region. We saw lots of seals, a sea lion, pelicans, Turkey vultures, mergansers and kingfishers. The view from the river, where it merges with the ocean, was stunning! Very highly recommended.
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Sep 13, 2023
Highly Recommended - Our kayak trip with Erik and Tim was fun and informative. They took great care of our group of 10 (5 kayaks.) They wove the area’s history and ecology into the trip. We saw merganser ducks, cormorants, great blue herons, an osprey , a kingfisher, pelicans, and numerous harbor seals. I recommend this activity for anyone who wants to learn more about the area where the Russian River meets the Pacific Ocean. Thank you, Erik and Tim!
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