The Petaluma Small Craft Center leads the initiative for a more walkable, bikeable, boatable river

PSCC Fools For The River Fool Sign2 Copy

PSCC Floathouse location view 1We’re here to get you out on the water on people-powered boats and boards. We hold boating and social events year round, including summer camps and races! Join us on “Sonoma County’s Longest Park”: the Petaluma River. See the calendar for details. Visit our Facebook page to keep up with progress towards The Floathouse, a board and boat rental center planned for Petaluma’s turning basin. Check out the plans for the Community Boathouse downriver, our second planned facility.  Let’s make every day “A Day on The River”!

Rowers warm up at Turkey Relay 2012. photo by Gordon Masor

Rowers warm up for 2012 Turkey Relays

2nd Annual Fools for the River: A Progressive Foodie Party @ 12+ Riverfront Businesses Petaluma, CA
Apr 1 all-day
12 participating restaurants, one bonus party

12 participating restaurants, one bonus party

Fools for the River is an all-day, all-night, all-out foodie fest for river lovers like you. River-side Restaurants will honor your Fools tickets with treats designed especially for this event. You can share your ticket with others, buy several to make a crowd, and use them all day and night, whenever the business is open. Celebrate our river-side restaurants! Only 100 tickets will be sold, so get yours now!
With their generous participation in this annual event, we’ll be thousands of dollars closer to building the Floathouse in the Turning Basin, and becoming a physical part of this great neighborhood.
$41.00 gets you a River Fool ticket, allowing you one special treat at any four of your chosen locations. Keep looking on our Facebook page and on the website for menu details! See you on April Fools Day!
Buy your tickets in person at Clavey Paddlesports or Mail Depot or donate $41 on our donation page and we’ll contact you to get your ticket to you, or email, or call Greg Sabourin at (707)293-3685 to arrange for a handoff! Your ticket is transferable.

10th Annual Wine Country Rowing Classic @ Petaluma Marina
Oct 4 @ 7:00 am – 2:30 pm

This annual event brings 600+ athletes to Petaluma. Come watch it from Shollenberger Park!

Wine Country Rowing Classic 2012

Wine Country Rowing Classic 2012

Each year PSCC member North Bay Rowing Club and SSU Crew co-host the Annual Wine Country Rowing Classic, a 5,000-meter “head” race on the first Sunday in October, attracting dozens of clubs and 500 athletes. Rowers can sign up on regatta central for this US Rowing-registered regatta. The event is free to the spectating public, who get the best views from Shollenberger Park.

Local businesses and organizations that support this world-class event are the Petaluma Wetlands Alliance, manning the paths at Shollenberger Park for spectators; The Petaluma Marina; Community Bikes Petaluma; the Petaluma Sheriff’s Department; the Sonoma County Coast Guard Auxiliary; food and apparel vendors and the Petaluma Sheraton.

Results, competitors, event lists and more from past years can be seen on Regatta Central.

Roostertail Drag Races in Petaluma @ Cavanagh Landing Park,
Oct 11 @ 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

KidsKayakKampGraduationDay-0171River Town Racers’ premier K1 sprint event.  Organized like a drag race, with qualifying and eliminations, between the Turning Basin and a point 800m downstream.  Starts early and is followed by a 5K sprint for any watercraft and no-host lunch at Dempsey’s. For details email

Who uses the River?

Wanderers… voters… birders… swimmers (sometimes unintentionally!)… cyclists… community leaders… water-contemplators… kids… picnickers… collegiate competitors… friends… mud-lovers… tide-observers… rowers… ecologists and biologists… canoeists… businesspeople… hikers… fishermen… homeowners… kayakers… environmental advocates… fitness enthusiasts… outdoor lovers… athletic coaches… photographers… and what about you?