For more than 130 years, travelers have come to the Russian River area in Sonoma County to swim, paddle, hike, wine, dine, or simply relax and enjoy all the delights of this lovely waterway. As the Russian River winds its way through the lush Wine Country in Northern California, it creates a special corridor of gently moving water, riverside greenery, and the unique towns large and small that line its banks.
No matter what the time of year or the level of water in the river, there's always plenty to do and see along the Russian River.
This guide follows the lazily meandering river from Cloverdale in northeast Sonoma County, heading southwest through the Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River valleys, to where the Russian River empties into the Pacific Ocean on the coast. The best way to get to the Russian River area is by car (approx. one hour north of San Francisco) or by flying into the STS - Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport, located in Santa Rosa.