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Johnson's Beach

16217 First St, Bottom of Church Street, Guerneville, CA 95446-8809
+1 707-869-2022
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Magical Vintage Resort on Russian River

Rustic adorable cabins in a magical riverfront setting. Love its proximity to town and the laid... read more

Reviewed 4 October 2017
CourtneyBlunk
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Sonoma, California
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Russian River Jazz Festival 2017, Johnson Beach

It's a two day event, but I was at the Jazz Festival on Saturday (9/9/17). This was my 2nd time... read more

Reviewed 10 September 2017
La Donna S
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Oakland, California
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For nearly 100 years, Johnson's Beach has been a Guerneville summer tradition whose beauty, amenities, and hospitality make it a favorite destination for locals and visitors alike. With its spacious stretch of pebble beach and jagged blue skyline of majestic redwoods, it is the ideal spot for lounging and playing along the cool current of the Russian River. Johnson's fun, family-friendly beach has something for everyone. The roped-off kiddie pool allows toddlers and beginning swimmers to enjoy the river safely, and the summer dam provides deeper waters for more adventurous swimmers. For the ultimate in kicking back or playing on the water, inner tubes are our biggest crowd-pleasers. They can be rented for a whole day of floating, spinning, and splashing. We also rent boats for extra river fun and exploration, plus umbrellas and beach chairs so you can recline in shaded comfort. Our snack bar serves affordable traditional summer favorites like burgers, hot dogs, and ice cream. And you can top off your lunch with a frosty cold beer from our Boathouse while kicking back in a beach chair and listening to oldies streaming from the speakers.
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  • Average8%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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16217 First St, Bottom of Church Street, Guerneville, CA 95446-8809
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Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

Rustic adorable cabins in a magical riverfront setting. Love its proximity to town and the laid back friendly feel!

Thank CourtneyBlunk
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Reviewed 10 September 2017

It's a two day event, but I was at the Jazz Festival on Saturday (9/9/17). This was my 2nd time attending the jazz fest. but this time I ended up going solo, and I still had a blast! The weather was hot, but the beer...More

Thank La Donna S
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Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

This spot is really nice for hanging out. They have kayaks, paddle boards, canoes and Peddle boats. This is a very leisurely river so you can enjoy without a lot of wake so if you want to try kayaking or or paddle boarding for the...More

1  Thank Jana H
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Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

Fun to hire a kayak. Stone beach so shoes recommended. Good offerings of food in the snack bar. Friendly staff especially the guy with long hair working on the boats and bar.

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Reviewed 20 August 2017

I had my own gear and was looking for a friendly place to launch our paddle boards and found Johnson's Beach. For only $5 we got to park, find a cozy spot at the end of the beach/sand and paddle off for unlimited time. Didn't...More

1  Thank Lorraine K
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Reviewed 4 August 2017

This is a big hunk of gravel without any sand. Super dusty from the cars in the parking lot right next to the "beach." I can't understand why people like to hang out here. This seems useful as an access point to the river, but...More

2  Thank Amy H
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Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

We went here to rent a kayak. It was little more per hour or day than down in Mont Rio n the beach. The beach here is great for families so there are lots of people playing in the water. We kayaked up river, the...More

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Reviewed 22 July 2017

Been coming here for a while Pretty quiet during the week. There is a charge for parking but there is quite a lot of street parking around. No alcohol or glass allowed as it's a private beach. Great for a swim or a lazy kayak...More

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Reviewed 17 January 2017

Lots of rentals for river kayaking - nice small place on the beach fir food and beverages Easy access to downtown restaurants and shopping

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Reviewed 25 September 2016

We decided to do a day trip to Johnson's Beach to attend the festival on Sunday (Blues Day). Suggestion: Arrive early if you have General Admissions (GA) tickets and want to sit near the stage and/or get a nearby parking space without paying for parking....More

2  Thank MKjourney
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