Grab the kids and your beach gear and have some serious fun at Johnson’s Beach. Located on the Russian River, just steps from Guerneville’s historic downtown, Johnson’s Beach is a favorite summer spot for Sonoma County locals and visitors alike. Sunning, swimming and floating at Johnson’s Beach is as much a Sonoma County pastime as wine tasting and strolling through the redwoods.
Hop aboard a canoe, settle atop a kayak, or step into a pedal boat and spend the day paddling and floating along the gentle current. Whichever you choose for your river exploration, Johnson’s offers the perfect means to discover the river’s abundant wildlife, refreshing swimming holes, and quiet picnic spots.
The 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 their Boathouse while kicking back in a beach chair and listening to oldies streaming from the speakers.
Planning on staying the weekend? Johnson’s Beach also offer cabins and camping. “Urban camping” at Johnson’s Beach offers the summertime fun of a riverside campground all within easy walking distance to Guerneville’s charming downtown. Built in the 1920s, the quaint wood frame cabins, located within the campground under a shady grove of sycamore and black walnut trees, are ideal for summertime getaways.
Johnson’s Kamp was started by Gertie and Ernie Johnson around 1918. Johnson’s Beach is the site of the famous Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival each September, as well as the Great Russian River Race in the spring, plus the Ironman Vineman triathlons in July.
There is no charge for admission. Parking is available, $5/car on weekends.
Call for information at 707-869-2022. •johnsonsbeach.com