Sunset Beach River Park

11403 River Road, Forestville
  • Beaches
  • Birding
  • Fishing
  • Paddling
  • Picnic Area

Russian River beaches are busy in the summer, and park entrances close temporarily when lots fill. Arrive early for the best chance of finding parking or take the new Regional Parks River Shuttle, which runs from Tom Schopflin Fields in Santa Rosa to Steelhead and Sunset beaches on Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 26.

Sunset Beach offers easy access to the Russian River and is a destination for swimming, paddling, tubing, rafting and picnicking. Sunset is a popular end point for rafters who float downriver from Steelhead Beach or Forestville River Access. The beach also offers fishing and birdwatching opportunities. 

From the parking area, a short, unpaved trail passes a picnic area and leads to a rocky beach with beautiful views of redwood forests and the Hacienda Bridge. 


Alcohol consumption is not allowed in the park or on the beach in the summer. Fires or barbecues are not allowed on the beach. Charter bus access is not allowed. 

Take your Raft/Tube

Do not leave rafts and tubes on the beach at the end of your float trip. All flotation devices left behind are trash and can pollute the river and harm wildlife. Please practice Leave No Trace principles


Lifeguards are not on duty. Adult and children's life vests are available for free use in the summer. Look for the life vest stands on the beach. 


ADA access is available to a portable restroom and picnic areas. There are three accessible parking spaces. 

Park Information


Sunset Beach River Park

11403 River Road

Forestville, CA 95436
38.502355, -122.9351161

$7 or free for members


7 AM to 30 minutes before sunset

Allowed on leash