How to boat camp the Russian River


When to Go The dog days of summer are a safe bet. However, early autumn can be equally enjoyable: The weather is still pleasant, but a fraction of the people will be on the water come September and early October. And because seasonal dams erected near Johnson’s Beach and Vacation Beach usually come down after Labor Day, fall paddlers don’t have to portage boats, either. (It’s wise to bring a lightweight, portable kayak dolly in the summer.) During the winter months, storms can swell the river, creating strong currents and hidden obstacles. Suppliers may not open shop again until mid-May or later, so June through September is the ideal window for planning trips in advance. Photo: (Photo By Spencer Weiner/Los Angeles Times Via Getty Images)

Lined with lush stands of Coast Redwoods and Sonoma County’s seemingly ubiquitous vineyards, the lazy backwater of Northern California’s Russian River is a must-visit destination for any nature lover.

Follow the watercourse from the inland valleys all the way out to Jenner, where the river spills into the Pacific, for a crash course in wine country’s allure.

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No canoe? Don’t fret. Myriad outfitters and campgrounds mean there are options for every adventurer.

Click through the slideshow to learn how to boat camp the Russian River.

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