Originally Posted by Stu Jackson
Petaluma is a LOOONG way up the river and you have to work way in advance to get the bridge up. Nice place, I was there just last weekend, but... 2 1/2 hours from the River Entrance but another two hours to even get there from The Brothers. It's a loong trip. Plus it's $24 a night.
It's more a slough than a river. It hasn't been dredged for some time and depths in its upper stretches are overstated in the charts
. It's best to transit within a couple hours of high tide and stay in the middle of the channel.
Still, there's a lot of bucolic charm and the destination
is very enjoyable with interesting shops and fine restaurants.
The northern end of San Pablo Bay is shallow, so one needs to keep in the narrow approach channel.
The railroad swing bridge (first of two on the river) marks the outlet.
One of many scenes along the river:
Be prepared to meet occasional commercial
Be sure to make an appointment for raising the D Street bridge (just google
Docked in the turning basin, immediately downtown old Petaluma with it's shops and restaurants within short walking distance.