Petaluma Water Ways

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

PSCC is one of the Petaluma River Access Partners (P-RAP), a citizen, nonprofit, and city group working on implementation and funding strategy for the Petaluma River Access and Enhancement Plan. For more information, go to

Petaluma Water Ways will give us more miles of riverfront pedestrian and bike trail, more greenspaces and parks, a water trail with more access points for hand-carried small craft, and connections to other regional trails.  It includes current landmarks like the River Heritage Center, the Turning Basin Trestle, and the Petaluma Marina, and future landmarks like PSCC’s Small Craft Rental Center and Community Boathouse, an expansion of Steamer Landing Park on McNear Peninsula, and pocket parks and vista points on both sides of the River.

What’s the relationship between Petaluma Water Was and local nonprofits like PSCC?

Several local nonprofits, public agencies, and businesses are active participants in P-RAP; these are listed at the website.  This group advocates for development of all of the 30+ projects of Petaluma Water Ways as well as for participating organizations’ projects.  In the case of PSCC, we champion all the access features of Petaluma Water Ways as well as our Rental Center and Community Boathouse.

How can I get involved in Petaluma Water Ways?

PSCC volunteers lead the effort to create all these new civic attractions and recreation opportunities through leadership in P-RAP.  We organize community and agency outreach meetings, lead walking or boat tours, collaborate with other P-RAP participants, and investigate funding and volunteer resources for both systemwide and specific projects.

We want to see Petaluma become one of the nation’s top cities for close-to-home outdoor recreation, and you can help!  To learn more about how you can join the effort to make the river more accessible for all, email the P-RAP volunteers at PSCC.

Get more information about Petaluma Water Ways’ 30+ projects, including the Floathouse and the Community Boathouse, at

Is there a brochure or handout for Petaluma Water Ways?

Yes.  It’s a big PDF file and it’s here.

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?