Timeline of Accomplishments

PSCC leads the initiative for a more walkable, bikeable, boatable river.

Petaluma Small Craft Center (PSCC)

PSCC is a local group of river enthusiasts and advocates. Our mission is to make the Petaluma River more accessible to everyone who loves small craft moved by paddles and oars. We do this through on-the-water programming and the development of The Floathouse rental center and a Community Boathouse.

Through events, activities, and advocacy, PSCC leads the community in bringing together people and boats on the Petaluma River. PSCC members also participate  in other community activities, like the Butter & Egg Days Parade, Petaluma River Cleanup, Lighted Boat Parade, Rivertown Revival, Petaluma River Marathon/Half-marathon, the Wine Country Rowing Classic, Post-Turkey Day Relays and various races around the San Francisco Bay Area. We Put Petaluma on the River!

Timeline of Accomplishments

1995-2003 : The Creation
May, 2006 :
Summer, 2006

These efforts led to the development of another PSCC project, a small craft rental center to be built in the Turning Basin, the focal point of Petaluma and its public life. This new business would fill a critical community need for boating rentals—after all, what’s a “River Town” without a place to rent a boat? It would also complement Petaluma’s recreational and educational resources with an offering of classes, camps, and a variety of boating promotions and events. The entirely dock-based facility would also be far less expensive to build than a community boathouse and would serve as a first step toward that long-term project.

2011 :

Shortly thereafter, PSCC began preliminary talks with a variety of departments within the City of Petaluma to determine the feasibility of building and operating a dock-based small craft rental center in the downtown Turning Basin.


Future Plans

As all of this work continues, PSCC is taking steps to transition the organization from a loose coalition of enthusiastic but overworked volunteers to a stronger community based non profit, one with sufficient staff and volunteers to continue to provide quality community programming and raise the funds necessary to build and manage a rental center and a community boathouse.

Who benefits from river access?

Wanderers, voters, birders, swimmers (sometimes unintentionally!) Cyclists, community leaders, water contemplators, kids! Picnickers, collegiate competitors, friends, mud-lovers, tide observers. Rowers, ecologists & biologists, canoeists, businesspeople. Hikers, fishermen and women, homeowners, kayakers, environmental advocates, fitness enthusiasts. Naturalists, coaches, photographers… and what about you?