6 miles from Lake Sonoma
The Russian River is a promising fishery that offers steelhead & smallmouth bass fishing without having to leave the Bay Area. As a member you have hunting access but as a guest you will be given info on how to apply for the hunting and fishing club which gives you access to 80 or so properties (including this one) for one fee.
We have a very unique venue for a getaway that won’t break the bank or require a lot of drive time. Our Quonset shaped unit is a state the art US Armed Forces Dwelling Unit designed for rapid deployment and extraction. So we are cleared to put it near the river for better access for our fishing guests. 16 miles of pristine river by Geyserville on our boats and ATV's
To see reviews, go to camping only version of this Airbnb listing for this same unit (if you click on my profile picture you can see all the reviews)It has 4.9 stars with your's truly as a Super Host. This is our fishing and wildlife viewing version, and is new...
Note: We charge $25 per person after the first 2 people that book.
Decent rain the last couple of years has produced some great conditions for a productive return of the sea-run trout.
On the Russian, no permanent structures are allowed in the flood plain, naturally, but our unit is a state the art US Armed Forces Dwelling Unit designed for rapid deployment and extraction in the Middle East. So we are cleared to put it near the river for better access for our fishing guests.
Unit is ready for night if temps drop, we have forced air heaters and a wood stove
There are several miles of river near the unitwith decent holding areas for trout and salmon. This river is excellent for fly casting as there are many sandbars without obstruction to your back casts. We encourage bank fishing and patiently fishing each hole while you walk along the river. Bass fishing is fair to excellent depending on conditions.
If you have flotation/pontoon type device or some other vessel, we can drop you off upriver for a float to our place or pick you up if you prefer to leave from the unit and head down river to the next bridge.
The river itself is very isolated from civilization in this 16 mile stretch, despite its proximity to the Bay Area. You feel as if you are in a wilderness setting, thanks to the huge vineyards providing a buffer to any development, roads or highways. It is not a river with lots of fast water, and early in the year you may have to drag your pontoon boat or whatever over a few shallow spots.
STEELHEAD: The fish average 6 to 8 pounds, and, like all steel head, fight like demons, and are either wild or hatchery born. Roe, lures, and flies all work well. The regulations prevent the use of bait until later in the season, so make sure you check rules before you soak some roe.
BASS: Fishable year round, best in spring and summer. We use plastic swim baits or wooly buggers for these fish.
The unit has 3 large beds and a fully stocked camp kitchen, Satellite TV, mini bar and inside and outside dining area. The campsite area has a fire ring, 2 burner propane stove, sink, pots, pans and utensils.
As previously mentioned, no permanent structures are allowed, so a small shed shaped tent covers a flush toilet and shower. Nothing fancy, it has to be light enough to be moved, but it works.
We charge $125 for two, and $25 for each additional guest per night. Geyserville and River Rock Casino are minutes away and the town has several outstanding restaurants, a really unique bar and a coffee shop for breakfast.
At press time we are working on having a drift boat for use. I am a licensed and bonded fishing guide. I will advise you free of charge on where to fish, but there will be $100 fee for guiding on the drift boat or ATV’s. We can accommodate up to 6 people, but charge $25 for each after the first two.
We hope you can imagine living in this peaceful forested river area and relax, watch some football, swim, play badminton, go fishing and have a campfire and BBQ. Doze off in a King size bed. But it is more than just a place to stay, this is where you can live a little on the wild side. We have Kayaks and ATVs to rent, bows to shoot, and and will even teach you how to fly fish.
This beautiful site is the best of both worlds: It has most of the comforts of a house, but the huge OPEN (if you want) unit and its location gives you a feeling you are also camping. Your backyard is endless and you rarely see anyone once out in the area.
No permanent structures are allowed this close to the River so you will not find anything like it.
Our unit is a spacious $24,000 US Armed Forces unit set up for rapid deployment in the Middle East.
It is insulated with a dead air space lining, multiple screened windows ventilation and heating ports. You are screened by its location from seeing civilization, and 150 yards from the main house or any structures.
One end of the unit is open at this time of year, but has privacy curtains and insect netting to be drawn at night. There are remarkably few mosquitos in this area.
The site is about a one minute walk to the river, which has many miles (16) of untouched riparian woodlands, and always see something interesting.
There is also a large BBQ area with a campfire and table. You will need to bring your own charcoal. There is a three burner Coleman propane stove, with propane provided. We provide paper plates, utensils and cooking gear such as pots and pans. There is a sink for cleaning up. The bathroom with shower is nearby.
Sleeping arrangements are two large beds, and two couches to accommodate a total of 6 people. Unless you like crowds, ha ha.
It is pet friendly, and we have set up a new small fence across the front of the unit to keep most pets inside when needed.
As mentioned elsewhere, there is a small refrigerator and coolers, so please bring some ice, which is available in Geyserville's small market.
Finally, the mountain side of the unit has a Astro-Turf area with a badminton court or sitting area.
We provide camp stove with propane, plates, utensils, cooking tools including pots and pans, and such fundamentals like sugar, spices, and cooking oil. Towels are also provided for shower.
You have exclusive access to the unit, campsite and bbq area and 16 miles of River bottom!
We have a shower and flush toilet at the campsite.
Wi-Fi is available. Washer and Dryer is also available in a shed near main house.
Other things to note
Please note due to our unique proximity to the river, this structure and amenities are comfortable but not extensive. You should prepare as if you are going camping, but know you will have much greater comfort than camping would provide.
At this time there are two full size beds, but two couches can accomodate children or other guests. PLEASE BRING SLEEPING BAGS OR BLANKETS FOR THESE GUESTS.
We provide a small refrigerator, so not much can go in there. So, we provide coolers and you will need to bring Ice available at the local store.
You have to provide or forage for your own firewood, the firewood on site is not for use.
I may drive an ATV nearby by your site, but not through it, on way to the river.
During the summer, the water pump next door may come on in which case we will reimburse you on a per hour basis. (your payment divided by number of hours it runs)