Our most popular paddle has you glide into historic Old Town Petaluma to experience this rivertown revival by water. This beginner level, round trip journey starts from the Petaluma Marina and follows the river up to the Turn Basin where you can tie up your board and explore riverfront restaurants, bars and shops.
Amid 50,000 acres of tidal wetlands, marshes and levees in the San Pablo Bay, the Petaluma River is one of the most biologically diverse tidal sloughs in Northern California. Located in Southern Sonoma County, about 25 miles north of San Francisco, all it takes is a few paddle strokes on a kayak or stand up paddle board to experience the uniqueness of the Petaluma River watershed. It attracts water recreation enthusiasts from all over because of its rich history and easy access to many natural resources along the river’s 16-mile stretch from downtown Petaluma to the mouth of the San Pablo Bay. This round trip adventure into the epicenter of Petaluma offers a unique opportunity to experience the river as it flows from wetland marshes into a hip urban setting with access to some of the most popular bars and restaurants in town. Guided and self-guided tours are available for beginners and experienced paddlers alike.
Access to Petaluma’s top restaurants and bars from the water
Complimentary paddle lesson on land and in water
Scenic wetland, marsh and urban views from the water
Paddle alongside native and migratory birds
Enjoy the personalized attention of a professional guide and a small group
Top-of-the-line paddle equipment
What you can expect
Your adventure begins at Petaluma Stand Up Paddle located in the Petaluma Marina. After checking in with our team, you will be fitted for a life-preserver, given a paddle and fit for your kayak or SUP. Most of our fleet consists of sit-on-top single and tandem kayaks and stand up paddle boards that are stable and well suited for beginners. They also have compartments and bungee straps for locking down your water bottles and belongings. If you prefer more advanced equipment, it is available, please let us know prior to your arrival. Once all participants are fitted for equipment, our guide will discuss paddling on the Petaluma River, water safety and instruction on SUP or kayak paddling. From there, your adventure begins on water. You can expect to spend 2 hours on the water exploring the river with our knowledgeable guide at your side. This adventure is also suitable for participants who wish to explore without a guide.