SMITH RIVER KAYAKS2019-05-12T18:02:55-07:00



Kayak the Smith River Redwood forests or coast with top-of-the-line sit-on Malibu Ocean kayaks.

We offer many destinations on the Smith River to suit every interest and kayaking abilities.
From Class-1 rapids, to calm flat waters in the lower river, and protected sections of the Del Norte coast,
many tour options are available. Call for details on the right adventure for your party.

Families often opt for the “estuary tour”, which encompasses the entire lower reaches of the Smith River.
This 3.5-hour tour is ideal for young children with no rapids and plenty of animals along the way. Tandem kayaks provide ideal seating in the middle for children under 6-years old, while the front seat suits larger kids. There are many attractions to visit along the way and eventually ending up near the mouth of the Smith where river otters and harbor seals are common. The bird life is exceptional and views are spectacular.

Further up the river mellow rapids under Class-1 can be enjoyed by novices while further up the canyon the river provides a higher level of excitement of the seasoned kayakers. The South Fork Smith is a popular destination for those with experience and higher energy levels.
This remote stretch is very rarely visited and no other people will be encountered. The water clarity is exceptional and fish abound. This is not suitable for pre-teens.

Ocean kayaking around Pebble Beach offers protected near-shore paddling and prolific fishing opportunities from our Jackson Cuda-12-foot custom fishing kayaks. On can easily catch their limit in the rocky areas. Castle rock is a close destination with sea lions and seals resting on the rocks. Many other destinations can be requested along the coast, including Harris Beach above Brookings, in a protected cove.

Redwood forest and coastal kayaking provides all the need fishing gear and outfits for every adventure on the river or ocean, including surf suits and splash ware, booties or water shoes, and all other needs including dry boxes and dry bags.

Call us today and find the right adventure for your group. We can be reached at (707) 328-2022

  •   My kids and I planned to spend a day on the smith River with our SUPs, but when we got to the put in it was cool and cloudy and... read more

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      We rented a tandem kayak from Smith River Kayaks and selected the guided tour. Carl was really accommodating from the beginning - we were able to book the day before... read more

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  •   On this year's family first time vacation to Redwood National and State Parks, we wanted to kayak the Smith River to see more of these amazing forests. And only... read more


      We did the early morning half day guided trip on the Smith River. Carl was a wonderful guide! He knows the river and the surrounding areas inside out and you... read more

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  •   What a adventure! I had so much fun, Carl is awesome. He had everything you need to be prepared so you dont loose anything. He had wetsuits available and river... read more

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      I have to say that Carl helped me check something off my bucket list. I was able to Kayak down a pristine river in the Northwest United States. This is... read more

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  •   Our party of 9 rented kayaks from Smith River Kayaks, and found the entire process to be easy. It was a brief phone call to set things up, then... read more

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      My husband and I had planned to hike from the Oregon/California border along the California Coastal Trail, the issue we ran into was to finding assistance to cross the Smith... read more

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