• Russian River view from Highway116

Lower Russian River Trail - Background

Project Background

The proposed Lower Russian River Trail from Mirabel Road to Highway 1, is part of a larger trail project. The 2010 County Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan identifies a 23-mile Russian River Trail from Healdsburg to Jenner. The project will let visitors and residents experience scenic views of the Russian River corridor and access beaches for recreation.

The current river trail study will focus on providing a non-motorized transportation route linking the communities of Forestville, Mirabel, Hacienda, Odd Fellows, Summer Home Park, Rio Nido, Guerneville, Guernewood Park, Vacation Beach, Northwood, Monte Rio, Villa Grande, Sheridan, Duncans Mills and Jenner. The trail will provide connection routes to shops, restaurants, schools, parks and other destinations in the Russian River area.

Project Funding & Schedule

The project budget to complete the feasibility study for the Lower Russian River Trail is $793,500. The feasibility study is funded by the following sources: Caltrans Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant ($620,000), Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District ($120,000), Park Mitigation Fees ($25,000), Transient Occupancy Tax ($10,000), Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation ($5,000), Monte Rio Recreation and Parks District ($5,000), Korbel Winery ($5,000), Russian River Recreation and Parks District ($2,500), and The Wildlands Conservancy ($1,000).

On October 9, 2018, after a competitive consultant selection process, the County Board of Supervisors awarded the service contract in the amount of $664,038 to Alta Planning + Design, Inc. to prepare the feasibility study.

In spring of 2019, two community meetings were held to obtain public input on the trail alignment. A third meeting was held on October 23, 2019 at the Monte Rio Community Center.

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Contact Information

Ken Tam, Park Planner II

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