SMITH RIVER KAYAKS2018-09-11T19:01:18+00:00

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

  •   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 and bring our dog along on the kayak. During the tour, Carl was very knowledgable...More

    thumb Isabel W
    9/26/2016

      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 shoes. Our trail was about 5 hours, so much fun the whole time. I used...More

    thumb Alanna Y
    9/08/2016
  •   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 probably one of the best experiences I have ever had. Carl made it happen with...More

    thumb chipdecker
    5/28/2018

      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 wildlife. We got to go through some rapids, stop in a lovely place for lunch...More

    thumb Rachel N
    7/02/2018
  •   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 guided tour was very insightful. Smith River Kayaks was very fun!!!

    thumb Tim_Schweizer
    5/29/2018

      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 can tell he is so passionate about what he does and is extremely knowledgable about...More

    thumb Cassandra M
    6/29/2018
  •   Had a blast. Two tandem kayaks served us well. Boys ages 3, 6, 9 and 12. All had a good time. Mr. Page set us up well with multiple options to choose from. The rapids were light, but fun enough for the boys. My wife...More

    thumb Andrew S
    8/16/2018

      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 River to avoid a 17 mile detour. After calling around local places we hit a...More

    thumb Bianca S
    12/04/2016