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Regional Parks River Shuttle

The Regional Parks River Shuttle is a low-cost transportation option for visitors to Steelhead and Sunset beaches on summer weekends. The shuttle lets visitors avoid full parking lots and the need to leave a car at each beach when floating the river.      

An all-day shuttle ticket costs $5. The shuttle runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at 20-minute intervals. Service for summer 2021 ends on Sept. 26. 

The shuttles travel a loop from Tom Schopflin Fields, 4351 Old Redwood Hwy., in Santa Rosa to Steelhead Beach Regional Park and Sunset Beach River Park in Forestville.

River Shuttle Map Final

Buy a ticket

  • Go to russianrivershuttle.mytrakk.com. (Reservations are not required, but seats are first-come, first-served so we recommend buying tickets in advance and arriving at the shuttle stop earlier than the scheduled departure time.)
  • Select the Regional Park River Shuttle route, then click “Choose a Ticket.” You do not need to specify a departure time. Shuttles depart Tom Schopflin Fields every 20 minutes.
  • Select the number of tickets you want to purchase and select your travel date. (Each ticket is round-trip and allows you to get on and off at more than one stop on your day of travel.)
  • Enter your contact information. (The email address and phone number you provide will be used to send you a QR code ticket.)
  • Enter your payment method, review your order, and submit.
  • You will receive an email and SMS text message with a link to view and manage your reservation/ticket.
  • Show the QR code on your phone when boarding the shuttle. (You will get a wristband that serves as your return ticket.)

How to float the river when arriving by shuttle

  • Take the Regional Park River Shuttle from Tom Schopflin Fields. (Coolers, deflated rafts/tubes, fishing poles and other gear are allowed on the shuttle.)
  • Get off the shuttle at Steelhead Beach to begin your float. Use the free inflation station near the entry kiosk to inflate your raft or tube – or bring a hand pump to avoid waiting in line.
  • Float from Steelhead to Sunset Beach. Travel time is about 4.5 hours. Due to low water flows during the drought, the trip might take additional time. 
  • Arrive at Sunset Beach and catch the shuttle back to Tom Schopflin Fields. 
  • Deflate your raft/tube and take it with you on the return shuttle. All floats left on the beach are trash and can pollute the river and harm wildlife.
  • Shuttles will pick up passengers at Steelhead and Sunset beaches approximately every 20-30 minutes. The last shuttle departs Steelhead Beach at 5:45 p.m. and Sunset Beach at 6 p.m. To make the final shuttle at Sunset, start your float from Steelhead Beach NO LATER THAN 1 p.m. 

For your safety

  • The shuttle operator will follow all required COVID safety protocols.   
  • Alcohol consumption is not allowed on the shuttle or in the parks. 
  • Dogs are not allowed on the shuttle.

Secure your belongings, trash your trash

  • There is no place to store valuables on the shuttles or at the parks. If you are floating the river, you will need to keep your keys, phone and other belongings with you on the water.
  • Keep your trash with you. Pack out your trash and practice other Leave No Trace principles to keep beaches clean and wildlife healthy.

More information

If you have questions about the Regional Parks River Shuttle, contact the operator, C3 Transportation, at 1-800-727-0279 or 415-727-7158 or info@c3transit.com.