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Address: 16217 First St, Bottom of Church Street, Guerneville, CA 95446-8809
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+1 707-869-2022
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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For nearly 100 years, Johnson's Beach has been a Guerneville summer...

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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Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival on the Beach

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 24, 2016
MKjourney
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San Francisco, California
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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 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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San Marcos, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017

I came with my family to Guerneville in the late 1960s and brought my wife and two sons to Johnson's Beach 2003 and 2012 when it was run by Clare Harris and his niece Laurel (sp?). I understand the new owners have a mortgage to pay, but back then the cabins were very affordable - in 2003 we paid $32... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 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. When we arrived at 7:45am there were a least 150 people already in the GA... More 

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Santa Clara
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

We headed to Johnson's Beach for the Russian River Jazz & Blues festival. This is a great venue for this type of event. There were food booths, goods to sell, art, and beer. We caught a fantastic show and enjoyed perfect weather. I will say the people local to Guerneville are the BEST! After the show we ventured into town... More 

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Foster City, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

A sort of rock/sandy beach on the river right in Gureneville. Many river rentals begin or end here. Nothing special, but the place to end up.

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Bayville, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

We hit Guerneville mid week and it was kinda quiet, for us that was great. The beach was clean. There were refreshments and boats and kayaks to rent. That is the thing to do on the Russian river

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Costa Mesa, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

I like this beach for a few reasons: easy access, kayaking and paddle boat rental right on the river and it is very picturesque. There are food can teens with hotdogs and burgers. The beach is relatively clean. It is however, mostly gravel with a little bit of sand at the river. Very enjoyable place.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

The 3rd week in August my dad and I took a trip to Johnson's Beach in Guerneville. It was a great experience. The river was beautiful. The beach wasn't crowded. Umbrellas are only $10 to rent. There was plenty of parking. We had ice cream which did melt a bit, hot dogs and lemonade from the great concession stand. They... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016 via mobile

You are not allowed to have your own umbrella and had to pay $5 to park and buy their refreshments. We really preferred the Monte Rio beach over Johnson's for these reasons and you can bring your own cooler 😎

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016

It is still a nice place to go but it will cost you more than in the past. Can't bring your own umbrellas or canopies anymore. They say it is an insurance thing. Whether it is or not, don't really care. Either way, I now have to rent two umbrellas at $10 each. Add to that (on the weekends), $5... More 

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