Johnson's Beach on the Russian River, Guerneville California


Johnson’s Beach and Resort is located in the casual little northern California town of Guerneville on the Russian River in Sonoma County. It is in the downtown area within walking distance of restaurants and shopping. A few miles away are redwoods, wine tasting and the Pacific Ocean.

The Russian River is an old time resort area. Johnson’s Kamp was started by Gertie and Ernie Johnson around 1918. It has been owned and operated by just three families during all that time. Guerneville is a tourist town and also a bedroom community for beautiful Sonoma County and beyond. It’s a great place to explore or just take it easy.


The Beach offers canoes, single and double kayaks and pedal boats for rent ($35 day or $12 hour) as well as umbrellas ($7 day), low beach chairs ($5 day) and inner tubes  ($5 day). Our inner tubes are for use at our beach site only. There is a snack bar on the beach and beer is for sale at the boathouse. A popular spot is the roped off kiddies’ pool. There is no charge to enter or to park. A free boat launch is available during business hours.

Credit/debit cards are NOT ACCEPTED. A driver license is used as the deposit for renting items.


The Resort opens earlier and closes later in the year than the Beach, depending on the weather. There is a campground and rustic cabin-type rooms that were built in the 1920s. A game room, coin-op launderette and barbeque area are available for the use of Resort guests.

Camping is on a first come, first served basis offering tent and a few RV sites. Restroom facilities feature flush toilets and coin-op hot showers. A dump station is available and there are electrical outlets at some sites. During the summer season, our office is usually open from 9 am to 9 pm. Please do not pull into sites or set up when the office is closed. Check out time for camping is 11 am and check in is after 11 am. Friday and Saturday are usually the most crowded nights to camp.

All rooms are non smoking and have private bathrooms with showers, refrigerators and TVs. Some units include kitchenettes that are equipped with basic cookware. Linens, blankets and bath towels are provided. Please bring your own beach towels. Room reservations are usually by the week. Check out time is 11 am and check in is after 3 pm.

Johnson’s is a quiet family-type place. Please call for camping pricing and room rates/availability. Credit/debit cards are not accepted.

Pets are not permitted in the rooms or campground.


Johnson’s Beach & Resort
PO Box 386
16241 First Street
Guerneville, California 95446
707 869-2022

Take Highway 101 and head north if you are leaving from the Bay Area. Go all the way through Santa Rosa which is 50 miles north of San Francisco. A few miles north of Santa Rosa is the Guerneville/River Road/Russian River Resort Area Exit (exit number 494). Turn left on to River Road and you will reach Guerneville in 15 miles. Go through the two stoplights in the beginning of town. Turn left on to Church Street. Drive one block. Continue straight ahead to enter the Beach. Turn left on First Street to reach the Resort. The driveway is on the right, about one half block down First Street.


39th Annual Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival

The 39th Annual Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival will be happening on the weekend of September 12 and 13, 2015.

Please check the Festival website for more details and updates. Thank you to Omega Events for producing the Festival and to all of you for supporting it!

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