Russian River Adventures (RRA) was outstanding in every way. My 9-yr old son and I went up on a Sunday, and were able to get a reservation the day before. The car return (they drove it down to the dropoff point) was free, unlike most other outfitters, which charge for this). The safety briefing was informative, fun, and not overly long. The vessels themselves - SOAR inflatable kayaks- are lightweight - which is good in terms of propulsion power, but challenging in terms of maintaining your tact- you can't row once and stay straight as you can in an ocean-going plastic kayak, but each stroke requires less force.
This segment of the river - Healdsburg to Woechler Bridge - is FAR SUPERIOR to the Forestville-Guerneville segment - the latter is noisy, has speedboats, and is littered with rusting human structures. This segment is structure-free, and much quieter - also, it seems like fewer outfitters operate on this segment.
My son and I really enjoyed therope swing at the 4-mile (halfway) point, and had a wonderful peaceful day out on the river.
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