Kayaking and Canoeing in Mendocino County
From mild to wild, Mendocino County has a kayak adventure for everyone. Cruise on our coastal estuaries, adventure on the Pacific Ocean, or venture inland for a whitewater river run. Kayaking may seem simple, but there are some key things to know that will make your trip on the water safer and more enjoyable. Choose your adventure level from the list below and click on the link to get further information and recommendations.
Coastal River Kayaking
The Mendocino Coast has 5 coastal rivers that can be kayak or canoed - Noyo River, Big River, Albion River, Navarro River, and Gualala River. Each river has its own character and charm.
When paddling the coastal rivers, it is important to plan with the tides and weather (wind and flows). Use the link for expert tips and recommendations.
The Mendocino Coast is a spectacular place to sea kayak. The dynamic and rugged coastline offers endless possibilities for sea kayak exploration. Arches, tunnels, and sea caves beckon to be paddled through.
Sea kayaking safely on the Mendocino Coast takes a bit of knowledge and equipment. Use this link for expert tips and safety recommendations.
During the rainy season and in the spring of a wet winter, Mendocino County has class II-V whitewater for kayakers, canoeists, and rafters. The Eel River is Mendocino County’s predominant whitewater river.
Year round, there is whitewater kayaking in the ocean.Use this link to learn more about whitewater in Mendocino County.