We live in Missouri, and have visited San Francisco on 4 different occassions. The second time we went, I did some research and found Russian River Adventures. Turns out, Larry, the owner is from St. Louis. So we had something in common with him! We had a great time our first trip. We paid to have lunch provided since we were travelling from out of state and didn't have a cooler or anything.
So, our next trip out, we had to go again. This time we packed our own lunches and borrowed one of Larry's coolers.
We were just out there again last week and again we had a wonderful time. We brought a soft sided cooler with us and it was the perfect size.
We have never had any issues on the river before, but we usually go later in the year after the river is dammed and it's usually deeper, and a bit slower. This time, it was shallower and some of the bends in the river had a faster current. We did great till the end. We hit a submerged tree, and I fell out of the boat. I banged my shins up a bit, but no harm done.
I plan on taking my children out there with me when they are a bit older, and I would feel completely comfortable with them on the trip with us, but I would make them wear life vests because some spots to get pretty deep.
We have never had a bad experience with Russian River Adventures. Larry is a great guy! I definitely recommend this for anyone staying in the Napa Valley/Sonoma County area. It's just a short drive over. We usually do this after we leave Napa, and are planning to head back to San Francisco.
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