Monte Rio Beach is the largest public beach on the lower Russian River and is ADA accessible. East of the Monte Rio Bridge and known locally as Big Rocky Beach, this is the location of the Independence weekend children’s games organized under the banner of Big Rocky Games. A lighted boat flotilla and fireworks follow for an old-fashioned family experience. Enjoy the serenity of this part of the Russian River and rent a canoe, paddle board or kayak (see below for rates). This is a great place to learn water sports but it’s also challenging enough to attract the advanced paddler. Our food concession stand is stocked with cold drinks, ice cream and lunchable items. Volleyball courts and horseshoe pits are free to any who wish to play. The parking lot is only open during the regular season and closes at 8pm. Built-in barbecue areas overlook the beauty and grandeur of the redwood covered hills across the river. Monte Rio Beach, is open to the public Memorial weekend through the last weekend in September each year.