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Russian River, California

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#480 of 528 in Nature in California
The Russian River, a southward-flowing river, drains 1,485 square miles (3,846 km2) of Sonoma and Mendocino counties in Northern California. With an annual average discharge of approximately 1,600,000 acre feet (2.0 km3), it is the second-largest river (after the Sacramento River) flowing through the nine-county Greater San Francisco Bay Area, with a mainstem 110 miles (177 km.) long.CourseThe Russian River springs from the Laughlin Range about 5mi east of Willits in Mendocino County. It flows generally southward to Redwood Valley, then past Calpella, where it is bordered by U.S. Route 101, to join the East Fork Russian River just below Lake Mendocino.From there the Russian River flows south, past Ukiah and Hopland, and crosses into Sonoma County just north of Cloverdale. Closely paralleled by U.S. Route 101, it descends into the Alexander Valley, where it is joined by Big Sulphur Creek. It flows south past Cloverdale, Asti, and Geyserville.
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  • Our group canoed and kayaked the river. The river has some rapids and I would advise against inexperienced people from canoeing this section. Sit on top kayak is best. This trip took us about 5 to 6 h...  more »
  • Living in San Francisco means we are desperate to get away to nature for long weekends. The Russian River looks perfect on a map - one hour away, a beautiful river valley filled with Redwoods. Alas, o...  more »
  • Relaxing day on the river. We rented a canoe and took our time on the river. Nice way to relax and get away from the crowds. Some parts of the river were so low that we had to get out and push our way...  more »
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