Butts in boats

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

Do you canoe? What about crew?

Hawaiian outrigger canoeist takes visitor for a paddle

Hawaiian outrigger canoeist takes visitor for a paddle

Do you face forward or backward—paddle, sweep, or scull? All types of small craft call the Petaluma River home.

What draws us to small, people-powered boats and boards? Is it the promise of independence and adventure for all ages? The unique perspective on our environment gained from getting close—really close—to nature? Is it because moving a small boat by paddle or oar improves one’s fitness? Or is it the satisfaction of connecting with our maritime past?

Several other organizations are actively promoting boating on the Petaluma River. The Petaluma Yacht Club works to welcome visiting boaters and yacht clubs to Petaluma and is interested in a small boat sailing program. Friends of the Petaluma River runs the David Yearsley River Heritage Center and many environmental programs.  The Petaluma Sea Scouts encourages boating safety and instruction among young people and assists with numerous river-related projects. Clavey Paddlesports participates in Day on The River and our summer camps, as well as leads tours all over the area and sells a vast array of equipment and books for boaters of all kinds. Petaluma SUP also participates in Day on The River and invites the whole community to get out on the river from the Petaluma Marina as well as through summertime Wednesday night SUP races in the turning basin and is your go-to spot for SUPs and other equipment and apparel. And then there are the local boating clubs: North Bay Rowing Club, more than 30 years old, supports junior and masters rowers and hosts the Petaluma River Marathon and Half-Marathon on the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend. Sonoma State Crew rows from NBRC’s docks as well. Lokahi Outrigger Canoe Club facilitates the growth and development of the OC paddling community, kids and adults, as does Ohana Va’a, which also has both keiki (kids) and adult members.

Join us in making the Petaluma River more accessible to everyone who loves small boats. Help the Petaluma Small Craft Center build “The Floathouse” Small Craft Rental Center on the turning basin and The Community Boathouse  on the Petaluma riverfront.


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?