& KAYAK RENTALS
Big River is protected and is the only major
undeveloped navigable estuary remaining in Northern
California. Unlike the undeveloped portions of other
rivers Big River is accessible.
Here you find no need for rubber rafts or special
paddling talents to experience Big River's forested
canyons, swimming holes and wildlife.
offer carriers for your car if you should wish to
explore other area streams. The Noyo and Albion
rivers contain marinas for fishing boats and suffer
from heavy traffic. Little River is a creek which
opens to Van Damme Beach which itself provides wonderful
access to the ocean. The Navarro River is beautiful
and the estuary is very accessible during the summer
and early fall. Unfortunately, Highway 128 runs
on the north shore and there are homes hidden on
the south shore.
Big River Estuary
Paddling through Big River's forested canyon is
a wonderful experience and working with weather
and tides will add to your enjoyment. You are connected
to the river and its environment.
link in the box to the right will connect you to
the Mendocino Community Network's weather page.
This weather site will give you a snapshot of conditions.
However, the Mendocino Coast consists of a series
of micro-climates. Tides vary here from those posted
on the weather pages. Please give us a call for
more specific information on tides and expected
For the Novice and
you've not had the pleasure of paddling a lightweight
performance craft, be prepared for a delightful
experience. We feature boats from WENONAH, Ocean
Kayak, Necky, Dagger and Secret Harbor Boat Works.
Big River, California's longest undeveloped estuary.
The river is ranked a Class 1, gentle river, suitable
for the novice. Because it is tidal, you can ride
the incoming tide up the river canyon and the outgoing
back to the rivers mouth. Trips
against the tide can be more challenging, depending
on the amount of change in the height between high
and low tides. In general, it is usually not too
difficult to go upriver, even against an outgoing
tide. Returning against an incoming tide and wind
can be more difficult.
For an exceptional experience choose our outrigger
redwood canoes by Robert Cummings founder of Secret
Harbor Boat Works. These highly stable, fast boats
are available for one to 12 people. Outfitted with
a rudder they are easy to paddle and steer.
We are open every day: 9:00 to 5:30.
Christmas Day and New Year's Day) phone:
& Kayak Sales
Catch A Canoe's kayak and canoe shop we
offer you Mendocino Coast's largest selection
of outstanding water craft and accessories.
We have 20 years experience and have assembled
the finest kayaks, canoes and accessories
and can special order. Be good to yourself,
see our professional staff. We will match
your needs to the best equipment available!
annual sale is during the month of October.
Many rental bikes and boats are available
Mendocino Coast's most experience
canoe and kayak dealers - Since 1983.
We are authorized dealers for:
Our traditional canoes have been especially modified
by WENONAH Canoes for use on Big River, and provide
traditional canoeing at its best. And if you enjoy
kayaking, a close seat to the water and solitude,
choose one of our fine kayaks.
you choose an outrigger, canoe or kayak, we will
supply you with lightweight paddles, straight or
bent shaft, wood or composite, and personal flotation
devices (life jackets) by Stearns and Extrasport.
4 WENONAH built this four person canoe exclusively for Catch
A Canoe. Ultra-light kevlar construction helps make this
our fastest boat. Previous Experience is recommended. Adults:
$12.00 per hour per person; Children under 17 $6.00 per
hour. Day rate is 3 times the hourly rate.
- Sit on tops Ocean Kayak
Your legs are on top, not underneath, the deck. Entry and
exit are easy, safe and quick. Knowledge of the "Eskimo
roll" is not required! We offer a large selection of
kayaks from Ocean Kayak, Necky, Current Designs. Rates:
Singles $15.00 per hour $45.00 per day. Doubles $25.00 per
hour, $75.00 per day.
Navarro Pursuit Tandem
Classic design. Good stability, though more effort intensive
than our other canoes. Best suited for paddlers who are
within 30 pounds of each other. Reversible to accommodate
one adult and one child. Rates - are $25.00 per hour, $75.00
Outriggers Designed specifically for use on Big River, our
most popular boats use beautiful redwood strip construction.
Handcrafted by local artisan, Robert Cummings, this style
of canoe offers outstanding advantages: excellent stability;
fast and efficient with less effort needed per stroke, padded
seats and, easy steering with a foot operated rudder. These
outriggers accommodate from one to twelve people.
An awesome boat, perfect for two paddlers. A third paddler
or one or two children can sit on the center cross arm.
Rate: $28.00 per hour - $84 per day.
This canoe accommodates a minimum of four and a maximum
of seven making it a great family boat. Sleek, fast, stable
and fun. Rates: $15.00 per hour for each adult, $7.00 per
hour for each child under seventeen. No day rate available.
really big outrigger can hold up to 12 people. Requires
a minimum of six paddlers. Ultra stable, fun and totally
cool with its double wings and long outriggers. Rates: $15.00
per hour for each adult, $7.00 per hour for each child under
seventeen. No day rate available.
Proa Single Outrigger
$20 per hour and $60 per day.