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Jenner

Perched on a bluff high above where the Russian River meets the sea, the coastal village of Jenner (pop. 136) offers stunning vistas, spectacular sunsets, and a chance to connect with nature along the Sonoma County coast.

Each spring the competition between the ocean waves and the river's flow creates a large sand spit at the mouth of the river, creating the Russian River Estuary, home to Pacific harbor seals, brown pelicans, ospreys, great blue herons, and other wildlife.

Located on the northern edge of the estuary, below the bluffs, the Jenner Visitors Center provides interpretative displays and a nature store.

Along the coast on the southern edge of the estuary, Goat Rock Beach offers a scenic shoreline, an easily assessable sandy beach, and the chance to picnic or comb the beach for washed-up treasures.

There are several restaurants in town and scattered along the coast, many with spectacular views. There are two lodges in town — Jenner Inn provides a range of rooms and suites, as well as two vacation homes, and River's End Restaurant & Inn, overlooking the river and ocean, offers six cabins and a restaurant, for an off-the-grid romantic escape. Vacation rentals are also available in the area, and three other lodges are a short drive away along the coast. 

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Ocean Cove Campground Photo
23125 Coast Highway 1, Jenner, CA 95450

Ocean Cove is a small island of private land surrounded by state and county parks. The Ocean Cove Store and Campground offers camping on the bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and boat access to the…

The arched rock as seen from Blind Beach Photo
Highway 1 and Goat Rock Road, Jenner, CA 95450

South of Jenner is Blind Beach with a great view of the arched rock. It’s a long narrow beach that is great for beachcombing and fishing. About one mile south of the Russian River Bridge, turn onto…

Goat Rock Beach Photo
Highway 1 and Goat Rock Road, Jenner, CA 95450

Goat Rock, near the mouth of the Russian River, is known for its scenic shoreline and easily accessible sandy beach. Picnic tables and restroom facilities are also available. Goat Rock beach is home…

Salt Point State Park Beach Photo
25050 Highway 1, Jenner, CA 95450

Just below the visitor center in Salt Point State Park you will find the rocks beach called Gerstle Cove. No fishing is allowed in this area because the waters in Gerstle Cove are protected by Gerstle…

River Lookout Photo
11032-11040 Castle Craig Way, Jenner, CA 95450

Overlooking the Russian River, Private and Secluded, 2 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, DVD, CD Player, Satellite TV, FREE Wireless High Speed Internet, Outdoor Spa, Decks. *Pet OK. Sleeps 4.

Jenner Beach Photo
11048 Highway 1, Jenner, CA 95450

On the north side of the mouth of the Russian River is Jenner Beach. There are a few steep paths that lead down to this driftwood-covered beach.