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"