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

FISHING • ECO & SELF GUIDED TOURS

ADVENTURES FOR ALL SKILL LEVELS & INTERESTS

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

  •   The Smith River is flat out beautiful with it's clear green blue water, deep canyons, and the world's tallest trees along its bank. And as well, with Smith... read more

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    5/13/2018

      This was a fabulous find! The tour Carl sent us on was perfect—a 4-hour trip down the Smith River, ending at the estuary. The scenery was gorgeous and the kayaks... read more

    MargeM571
    8/18/2019
  •   The water was crystal clear and it is great for older adults as well as kids. Its clean, VERY swimmable, fun all around. The ride can be 2-3 hours depending... read more

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    5/13/2019

      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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    6/08/2019
  •   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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    12/04/2016

      This kayak trip was a really cool experience. We were able to see seals, river otters, deer, and many different types of birds. The water was crystal clear and the... read more

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    5/29/2018
  •   We had a great time kayaking with Smith River kayaks! Our group was 4 adults and two kids (9 and 11). Carl was very knowledgeable on the area and the... read more

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    7/02/2018

      First, we were greeted by Carl who is one of the most down to earth people that we have ever met! He helped us gear up for the cold weather;... read more

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    11/19/2018