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Lower Russian River Trail (Proposed)
Lower Russian River Trail | Projects | Planning | Regional Parks | County of Sonoma
Lower Russian River Paddle is a 9. The trail is good for all skill levels. The Russian River has been a favorite destination for generations of San Franciscans looking to get away from the rolling chill of the seasonal fog. It's also a popular get-away for inland Bay Area residents looking for a watery escape from the summer heat.
Exploring the Lower Russian River
The Russian River has been a favorite destination for generations of San Franciscans looking to get away from the rolling chill of the seasonal fog. But for people more familiar with the middle stretches of the river, venturing into the lower Russian River might offer a surprise or two. Bird lovers marvel as Barn Swallows zip by overhead, Osprey call from their nests and Great Blue Heron fish in the shallows. Since all the runoff in the watershed, from pristine wilderness to agriculture and developed areas such as Santa Rosa, makes its way to and through this one spot, scientists can use the river as a living laboratory for how our human activities affect the water quality of the ecosystem.
Jump to navigation. The last 25 miles of the Russian River wind from the Wohler Narrows through a rock-bound forested canyon to the Pacific Ocean. The towns of Guerneville and Monte Rio lie in this canyon and are well-known for floods. Vineyards and orchards occupy the few flat areas along the river that are not developed for residences. Before settlement by early pioneers, the Russian River canyon and its tributaries held some of the largest redwood trees.