Russian River is not a town, a city, or one specific place. It’s a lifestyle and a destination.
As a popular spring, summer, and fall destination, its lower river offers warm, sometimes hot weather with low humidity and gentle currents for swimming and boating. But please note that it can be dangerous in the winter because of heavy rains and stronger currents.
Named for the early Russian explorers at Fort Ross in western Sonoma County, this river flows south from the Willits area in Mendocino County, then meanders southwestward to the Pacific Ocean near Jenner.
With 27 tasting rooms in the area offering world-class selection of food and wines, any town near the Russian River provides an enviable year-round lifestyle.