Steelhead Beach Regional Park

Forestville, California 95436

Steelhead Beach Regional Park

Steelhead Beach Regional Park Professional Review and Guide

"The Russian River originates in the Mayacamas Mountains above Lake Mendocino. The twisting river winds through vineyards, plains, redwood forests and canyons, draining a million acres across 120 miles before emptying into the sea at Jenner. Steelhead Beach Regional Park is a 26-acre oasis on the banks of the Russian River at the north end of Forestville and east of Guerneville. The park is a popular river access site for fishing, kayaking, rafting, and canoeing. This natural stretch of the Russian River has endangered coho salmon and threatened steelhead (rainbow) trout. A loop trail follows the south side of the river between Steelhead Beach and Children’s Beach. The hike weaves through three plant commu nities—an alluvial stand of large redwoods; riparian scrub with thickets of willows; and a riparian forest with cottonwoods, walnuts, Oregon ash, bigleaf maple, California bay, bamboo, and box elder"

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"The best access to the Russian River is found along the short loop at Steelhead Beach. The loop offers hikers the opportunity to enjoy two beaches and a section of trail along the river. The trail also passes beneath a towering riparian canopy and historic ruins of a large gravel dispenser. The Russian River is one of the most important physical features in the Wine Country. The river has a significant influence on the weather in the region and on the vineyards that surround it. For most of its journey through Sonoma County, the river passes through a series of broad valleys."

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Nov 2018