There are currently
no restrictions for recreational use of the Russian River. However, the public
should be advised that potentially harmful blue-green algae may be present.
Care should be taken to keep children and pets away from algae, and prevent them
from drinking river water. Read more
The park opens at 7:00 a.m. and closes at sunset.
$7 per vehicle
Permitted on leash no longer than 6 feet. License required.
No swimming in the lakes.
Gravel wheelchair-accessible trails and accessible group picnic areas.
Located along the Russian River, Riverfront Regional Park is just minutes west of downtown Windsor and surrounded by classic Wine Country scenery. The park features two beautiful lakes for fishing, kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddling. A 2-mile trail loops around the larger lake, Lake Benoist, with a short spur to a small beach on the Russian River. A .5-mile trail winds through a majestic grove of coast redwoods. The redwood forest also features one of Regional Parks' largest and loveliest group picnic areas with a large barbecue, a volleyball area, and a horseshoe pit.
The park's master plan identifies opportunities for additional trails, picnic areas, a Lake Benoist boat launch, and boating access to the Russian River.
Riverfront Regional Park Trails
Length:3.12 miles of trails
Riverfront Regional Park is located just outside of the town of Windsor and includes 3.12 miles of trail. The primary trail leads from the parking lot to a loop around Lake Benoist, one of two reclaimed gravel pits within the park. While swimming is prohibited, the lakes are popular with fishermen and non-motorized boating is allowed. The Redwood Hill Trail offers a pleasant climb up and over a small hill from the picnic area, passing through oak woodland. Equestrians are allowed on the Lake Benoist Loop Trail, and facilities include equestrian parking and hitching posts.
Paddle Board Rentals
Try the sport of paddle boarding and explore beautiful Lake Benoist or the Russian River.
Russian River Paddle Boards, a private outfitter, now offers seasonal rentals at Riverfront Regional Park. Rentals are typically available on weekend afternoons in summer and fall or by appointment. Guided paddle board tours on the lake or river also are available by appointment.
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