The Russian River is 110 miles long with headwaters North of Ukiah, near Willits, that flow southward to Forestville where it runs West and empties into the Pacific at Jenner. The watershed area is roughly 1500 square miles, with large dams Lake Mendocino in Ukiah and Lake Sonoma near Healdsburg. The Russian River drew people since the first Native American settlers because of its bountiful fish populations and abundance of basket making materials. The Russian River is still home to endangered and threatened runs of Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon and Steelhead Trout. Today the Russian River is a cornerstone to the local community and the greater San Francisco Bay area, providing water to over 600,000 residents and summer recreation to almost a million visitors a year. The Russian River’s recreational opportunities to swim, sunbathe, float a tube, canoe or kayak, fish, bird watch, relax, or just get away and connect with nature have drawn visitors and summer residents from the northern California for over a 100 years.
Don McEnhill is a Healdsburg resident with a business background who grew up on the Russian River while spending his summers at the family cabin on Fitch Mountain. Working with citizen groups, businesses, property owners and government agencies, he has researched and advocated on water supply, water quality, and land use issues in the Russian River for the past twelve years. Don is an avid canoer, white water paddler, and recreational fisherman - and most enjoys taking his kids to the River!
PO Box 1335
Healdsburg, California 95448