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Address: 8600 River Road, Forestville, CA
Phone Number: 707-887-1222
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Activities: Canoeing
Description: Burke's offers canoe rentals for ten mile trips down the Russian River. No...
Burke's offers canoe rentals for ten mile trips down the Russian River. No experience is necessary, but you must know how to swim.
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Excellent adventure for the family

Burkes is one of the few places that charges by the canoe rather than by the number of people who rent, which is a plus point for a family of four: it meant that we paid $65... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Burkes is one of the few places that charges by the canoe rather than by the number of people who rent, which is a plus point for a family of four: it meant that we paid $65 instead of close to $150 at some of the other options we looked at. Good start! Second advantage - 9 mile stretch of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We rented a canoe, two adults and two young kids. We had little prior experience on the river, but this section of river is mostly calm, with a few sections to excite young kids. So we got by mostly. A couple of times we had to duck the bushes on river banks, which our kids enjoyed. There are plenty of... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

I had never canoed before and so this was quite an adventure out of my usual comfort zone. I was really impressed with this outfit. The staff were friendly, extremely well-organized, and safety-conscious. The boats were clean and everything set up efficiently. What a very fun way to spend the day on this beautiful river. More of the beaches were... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Family of four kids and two adults spent the day on the river after renting two canoes from Burkes. Excellent service and very professional. Easy to get there with car from San Francisco and a lovely family experience with kids. Bring picnic and towels and stop off as you work your way down the river.

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

My friends and I have been going to Burke's for 25 years and I can't recommend it too highly. The staff (Linda, Ted, et. al.) are very friendly. The canoes are in very good shape. The trip itself is wonderful: a 3 1/2 - 4 trip paddling down the Russian River. This is a "lazy" trip down a lazy river...beautiful.... More 

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Guerneville, California, Usa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Love this company. We live here and own our canoes, but still use Burke's when we have friends visiting. Take your friends/family for a great drift down the river, stop and have a picnic (I recommend stopping at Mom's apple pie for sandwiches to bring). You casually drift down the river for a few hours on you own. The river... More 

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Lahaina, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Family run fun!!!! Pack your coolers - get there early and spend the day floating, swimming, picnicking and frolicking on the river. They pick you up at the end of the day so you don't have to park a car downstream. Good fun!

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Forestville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Sweet starting point to canoe down the river. The staff is helpful and reassuring for those of us with less experience. Really nice trip down the river. Love the school bus experience on the way back.

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cambridge
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

What more can you ask for, good value canoe rental, good quality kit, friendly service and that's that. Best to book ahead, 4 people in a single canoe is a bit too much!

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Piedmont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We had a great time camping overnight at Burke's. The camp ground was well maintained, showers were good, and the staff ran a tight ship. Lots of trees on our site to keep the tents in the shade (though our camp sites were pretty dusty). We enjoyed our canoe trip down the river...many places to stop, eat and swim. Made... More 

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