Kayaks, Canoes, and Boating

Stay safe! Read our Ocean Safety tips before venturing near the ocean.

There are 7 navigable rivers in Mendocino County, and many of them are on the Coast. Big River and the Noyo River are two of the most popular rivers for these activities. You can also take your kayak out on the ocean if you know what you’re doing.

The folks at Liquid Fusion Kayaking were kind enough to share these images of people kayaking along the Mendocino Coast.

Sub-Surface Progression
A dive center and surf shop offering the sale and rental of equipment for abalone and SCUBA diving, kayaks and surfboards, plus local diving advice. 18600 N Highway 1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437, 707-964-3793. Open 7 days a week.

Fort Bragg Marine
Kayaks can be launched directly into the Noyo River from their dock or taken to a location of your choice. Kayak and dive packages, wetsuit and kayak sales, fishing gear, 32310 N. Harbor Dr., Fort Bragg, 707-964-3310.

Liquid Fusion Kayaking
From mild to wild, Liquid Fusion Kayaking has a kayak adventure for everyone; from family tours that require no experience to specific skill lessons for advanced paddlers. Dolphin Isle Marina, 32399 Basin Street, Fort Bragg, CA 95437 707-962-1623

Catch a Canoe
Canoe and Kayak rentals for both novice and experts; car carriers are available. Coast Highway and Comptche Ukiah Road, PO Box 487, Mendocino, CA 95460, 800-331-8884, 707-937-5615. Make sure you call ahead, since it is important to time your excursion to the tide. Tidal effects go 8 miles upriver, and you don’t want to fight that on your way back out!

The local Traditional Small Craft Association chapter hosts 50 memberships, half of whom live on the coast. TSCA is centered in Mystic CN and the association is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of pre-motorized watercraft with the emphasis on rowing. You don’t have to own a boat, and the local chapter welcomes kayakers and canoers as well. Call Pres. Stan Halvorsen 707-964-8342 for details about club activities.

Mendocino Outdoors is the premier guide to outdoor activities on the Mendocino CoastMendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, has been updated in 2017 as an ebook for the 5th Edition. You can buy a copy at Smashwords.com, the Apple iBooks Bookstore, Amazon’s Kindle Books, and Barnes & Noble's online store.

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