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

  •   We were all alone on the Smith River- absolutely beautiful. I was in a group of four; we were all somewhat experienced kayakers, and we found the route simple to navigate. I'm not sure about how many different routes are available; our route took us...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 we were transported to our drop-off point and given instructions on how to kayak. The Smith...More

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  •   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

      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 how hard you paddle. Money very well spent!

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  •   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 River Kayaks we got a biologist-guide, Carl Page, good equipment, and low rates. Definitely one of the...More

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      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
  •   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!!!

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      Carl was such an amazing help for our kayaking experience. He was so helpful in going down the river an knowledgeable about the area. His kayaks were the real deal they were more sturdy for first time riders like myself. He even took pictures for...More

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