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Burke's Canoe Trips on the Russian River

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Address: 8600 River Road, Forestville, CA
Phone Number: 707-887-1222
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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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Nice way to pass the day with a friend or a date

If you want to get out of your home and be close to nature without hiking... this is a great way to do it. The people running this business are very nice and super friendly. I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 14, 2015
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Clovis, California
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Clovis, California
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80 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

If you want to get out of your home and be close to nature without hiking... this is a great way to do it. The people running this business are very nice and super friendly. I like the "on your own" way, they just give you the canoe and you go for it... the only thing you need to be... More 

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Henderson, Nevada
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94 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

This is a great way to get some exercise and enjoy Northern California nature at its finest. It isn't an "easy" adventure as other reviewers have mentioned. We rented a canoe and we worked hard for the 2 hours we "drifted" down stream. The river does move VERY slow so you do have to paddle if you want to get... More 

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San Diego, California
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80 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

The hubby and I decided to do this Sunday morning before heading back to the city for a late flight out of SFO (which we will never do again, but that's another story!). This was just the perfect thing to do on a hot October day. Take some food and drinks and make a day of it because floating and... More 

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San Jose, California
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95 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

We have been going on Burke's Canoe Trips almost every year for the past 12 years. It is a fairly easy canoe ride down the Russian River with beautiful scenery almost the entire trip. All along the way are beaches where you can stop your canoe and get out and picnic and/or play in the water. At the end, you... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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116 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

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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Thank Moleseyboy
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8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015 via mobile

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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105 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 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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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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136 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 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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