Perfect Paddling Conditions in Healdsburg, California for the Next 5 to 6 Weeks

For the first time ever, authorities release extra flow down the Russian River to aid salmon migration, giving Sonoma Wine Country waterways unprecedented conditions for water sports this fall

Oct 20, 2010, 11:39 ET from Healdsburg Lodging Coalition

HEALDSBURG, Calif., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The City of Healdsburg announced today that the Russian River is experiencing ideal conditions for kayaking and canoeing due to Sonoma County Water Agency's unprecedented release of water flow from Lake Mendocino. The increased water flow, though designed to prepare the over saturated lake for this season's rainfall and aid Chinook salmon migration, has also fostered the river's best paddling conditions, never before seen this time of year. With daytime temperatures expected to remain above 70 degrees for the next month, Healdsburg welcomes water enthusiasts to take advantage of this rare opportunity.

"We haven't seen such optimal fall conditions ever," said Lollie Mercer, owner of River's Edge Kayak and Canoe in Healdsburg, the largest excursion service on the west coast. "Still great for beginners, these water levels will let boats glide all the way down the river – with no shallow spots. It's like summer just started."

Last week, Sonoma County Water Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers released enough water from Lake Mendocino's Coyote Dam to double the Russian River's flow, from about 150 cubic feet per second to over 325.  Conditions are expected to remain ideal through mid November, when rains set in.  The increased river flow also signals to Chinook salmon, a threatened species, that it's time to return to their protected spawning grounds in Healdsburg and Dry Creek.

The members of the Healdsburg Lodging Coalition are prepared to receive the increased number of visitors enjoying the season's unprecedented outdoor opportunities. The 16 properties of the Coalition offer accommodations to suit all travelers' tastes and budgets, from secluded cabins to Victorian Bed & Breakfasts to modern hotels. A full list of lodgings is available at

For canoe or kayak rentals or guided tours of the Russian River during its unseasonably peak conditions, please contact River's Edge Kayak & Canoe (707-433-7247), SOAR Inflatables (707-433-5599), Burke's Canoe Trips (707-887-1222) or Getaway Adventures (800-499-BIKE).

About Healdsburg Lodging Coalition

The Healdsburg Lodging Coalition is a member group of the Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce in Sonoma County, California, 70 miles north of San Francisco. Its 16 members represent a variety of tastes, indicative of the culinary, artistic and outdoor offerings. Healdsburg Lodging Coalition includes Dry Creek Inn, Hotel Healdsburg, Raford Inn, Piper Street Inn, Irish Rose Inn, Healdsburg Inn on the Plaza, Grandma's Victorian, Camellia Inn, Bella Villa Messina, Calderwood Inn, First Crush Cottage, Dry Creek Villa & Dry Creek Cottage, Camellia Downtown Suites, Camellia Cottage on Fitch Mountain, Healdsburg Modern Cottages and Our House. More information on each Coalition member and the town of Healdsburg can be found at and

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