Kayaks in the coastal town Jenner

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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Sandy Cove Beach at Fort Ross State Historic Park Photo
19005 Highway 1, Jenner, CA 95450

Sandy Beach Cove lies below Fort Ross. The principal port of the settlement remained 19 miles to the south at Port Rumiantsev (Bodega Bay). There was frequent travel and transport of goods between…

Fort Ross Reef Photo
19005 Highway 1, Jenner, CA 95450

Fort Ross Reef is a scuba diving destination just offshore from Fort Ross State Historic Park. There is a day-use parking area for access to the beach and the reef.

Erinleigh by the Sea Photo
Contact us directly, Jenner, CA 95450

Erinleigh by the Sea offers a romantic couples dream at sea level. Instead of waking to the sound of traffic, this small jewel getaway shares its address with the Blue Heron, River Otters, Bald…

Spring Release Wines Photo
10439 Highway 1, Suite A, Jenner, CA 95450

We are a boutique producer of Sonoma County wines featuring inspiring artists’ work on our labels. As a husband and wife (winemaker and artist) team we combined our passions to create a label that…

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.

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…

Ocean Bluff Serenity Photo
Contact us directly, Jenner, CA 95450

Ocean Bluff Serenity offers a wonderful location and setting. Arriving is a wonderful experience. The 25 minute drive up to Timber Cove from Jenner, is one of the most scenic coastal drives in…