The Russian River Area in Sonoma County, CA, covers 1,485 square miles of moving water, riverside greenery, and numerous recreation areas from Cloverdale in northeast Sonoma all the way through the Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River valleys. Its various parks and river beaches have their own pet guidelines owners need to comply with.
As per general rule, dogs need to be on a leash no longer than 6 feet in most state parks, although some coastal beaches don't allow dogs at all. Most of the parks are open from sunrise to sunset and provide a lot of amenities for visitors and their pets, in exchange for a parking rate ranging from $6 to about $8 per vehicle for day use. Some of the most noticeable features of the parks include picnic areas with BBQ's, fish-cleaning and boat-rinsing stations, restrooms with electrical outlets, flush toilets and coin-operated showers, drinking water, tennis courts, various sports fields, and gazebos.
Dogs are allowed on roads and open areas but should be kept off trails. Furthermore, they are generally not allowed on state beaches, except for the following locations: Marshall Gulch, Carmet Beach, Schoolhouse Beach, Portuguese Beach, Duncan's Cove, Wright's Beach, Furlong Gulch, Shell Beach, Blind Beach, and Russian Gulch. Owners can find these beaches between Jenner and Bodega on Highway 1. Visitors will also need to keep their pets away from the north region of Goat Rock and south of Marshall Gulch.
Off-leash dog parks can also be found at the riverfront dog park in Monte Rio as well as several different locations in Santa Rosa, situated 15 to 20 miles away. The Russian River district is a dog-friendly area, offering top amenities and vacation rentals so that you and your four-legged friend can enjoy the best summer adventures.