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Johnsons Beach in Guerneville, California




Chamber of Commerce: (707) 869-9000



Johnsons Beach in Guerneville is a step back in time to that memory you had as a youngster, enjoying splendid weather and an intimate, friendly watering hole or beach with your family and friends. Johnsons  Beach is framed by the historic Guerneville Bridge, recognized in the National Register of Historic Places. The significance is event-oriented for the periods of 1900-1924, 1925-1949. Its Area of Significance is in categories Transportation, Entertainment/Recreation with Transportation being its historic function and   Pedestrian Related, Road-Related being its historic sub-function. The bridge is owned and maintained by the State of California.


Johnsons Beach, Guerneville--Youu'd swear that you've entered a time warp when you drive down the road to Johnsons Beach in Guerneville. Johnson's Beach & Resort on the Russian River takes you back to a lazy day as kid at the lake, resting on an inner tube just floating along. The warmth of the sun, laughter filtering through the air, and cool water against your skin, are your only concerns. 


Upon descending the gently sloped hill to the beach, you may hear an announcer on the intercom say, "Jimmy, you're going to have to get out of the water if you don't behave." In a place where the concession owner knows the kids' names, a place that's been around for close to 100 years with only three changes of ownership during that time, a place that seems so far away from busy Los Angeles or San Francisco--yet so close, you feel can return to simple pleasures. Though they seem worlds apart, Johnsons Beach in Guerneville is just over 70 miles away from San Francisco.


The beach brings the return of innocence. Boys act up and splash each other too much, girls listen to their favorite teeny bopper songs and a mom brings her children back and tells them that not much has changed in the 25 years since her last trip here as a child. 


Johnsons Beach features canoes, kayaks and paddleboats for rent plus umbrellas, inner tubes and beach chairs. A snack bar is located at the beach as well as a popular spot roped-off  as the kiddies' pool area protected from the boat launch.


Located in downtown Guerneville within walking distance of shopping and restaurants, hiking trails, redwoods and wine tasting are all close by. The Pacific Ocean is 14 miles to the west.

The Russian River is an old-time resort region with many businesses such as Johnson's, which has been in existence since around World War I. It has been owned and operated by three different families in all that time and continues to sell customer service and small town friendship.


JOHNSON'S BEACH & RESORT  P.O. BOX 386 16241 First Street Guerneville, California 95446  Call: 707-869-2022  (

Other points of interest include Monte Rio, Forestville, Bodega Bay and the inland regions that comprise the Sonoma County wine country such as Santa Rosa.


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