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Noyo Harbor

Noyo Harbor

Noyo Harbor, the boat docking area for Fort Bragg, California is tucked into the forested hills at the south end of Fort Bragg. It is a great starting point for a fun day out on the ocean, whether it’s on a fishing or whale watching charter, or paddling your own kayak. Several fine restaurants are in the harbor area such as Silver’s at the Wharf, Herrens and Chapter and Moon. You can also buy fresh seafood. History of Area Noyo…

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North Coast Adventures

North Coast Adventures

Sea kayaking is an amazing way to see the one of a kind North Coast. North Coast Adventures is a kayaking guide and outfitter service. NCA offers coastal tours and instruction on the Mendocino, Humboldt, and Del Norte coasts. NCA rents kayaks in protected flat water areas. No experience is necessary to join us for a paddling trip and age is just a number. We are very interested in customizing your trip for your maximum enjoyment. Just contact us to…

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Kayaking and Rafting

Kayaking and Rafting

The Smith River makes a fine boating destination in the rainy season, offering paddlers a wide variety of runs. As water levels rise, boaters can move upstream or try some of the side creeks. The Smith is the largest undammed river in California, so its flow fluctuates freely. You may run the same section many times and encounter different rapids on each trip. With headwaters in well-managed national forest, the Smith is generally crystal-clear on all its forks, even after…

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Kayaking Noyo ROCKS!

Kayaking Noyo ROCKS!

The Pacific Ocean has worked for millions of years to carve out rock reefs, sea stacks, and sea caves that are an awe-inspiring wonderment to many. For kayakers, they can be a paddling playground. Surfing the swells and waves of the ocean over, through, and around these geological features in the ocean is referred to as rock gardening. The Noyo Bay in Fort Bragg, California features over 30 different play spots for sea and whitewater kayakers. Angie’s Angst, Brindle’s Bash,…

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Clear Lake Water Loop 1: Rattlesnake Island

Clear Lake Water Loop 1: Rattlesnake Island

Trail Description: For the naturalist and those who want to savor breathtaking beauty, this is a beautiful loop around Rattlesnake Island, past the historic Sulphur Bank Mercury Mine and wetlands, and back through the canals of “The Keys” in Clearlake Oaks. On calm days, this is an easy paddle for all experience levels. On windy days, however, it is for experienced paddlers willing to battle heavy winds and large waves. In the summer, mornings are best since the midday sun…

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Clear Lake Water Loop 2: Tule Maze of Anderson Marsh

Clear Lake Water Loop 2: Tule Maze of Anderson Marsh

Trail Description: A favorite among birdwatchers, this is a scenic loop around Indian Island into the tule marshes of Anderson Marsh State Park, and traversing back into Cache Creek and the western shoreline of Clearlake. Paddling at a leisurely pace, the jaunt takes about 3 hours and is a bird watcher’s paradise. While the marsh itself is quite calm, be aware that winds can whip up large waves in the open waters off Redbud Park. Trail Route: The loop begins…

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Clear Lake Water Loop 3: Cache Creek Dam

Clear Lake Water Loop 3: Cache Creek Dam

Trail Route: From the North Flats parking lot p at the northern portion of Anderson Marsh State Historic Park, carry your boat 500 feet to the soft launch at the end of the creek. Head south (to the left), and after 1/4 mile, you will reach a confluence (1). Take a left (east), turning onto the main Cache Creek waterway, which ultimately will lead you to the dam. Clear Lake’s current form was created thousands of years ago by a…

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Clear Lake Water Loop 4: Island Hopping at the Narrows

Clear Lake Water Loop 4: Island Hopping at the Narrows

Trail Description: A beautiful loop circling the Narrows, past small islands near the base of Mount Konocti. Panoramic views of Mount Konocti, Kono Tayee, Buckingham Point, and the north shore ridgeline. While the lake can be serenely mirrorlike, at any time, winds can be funneled into a “venturi effect” between Mount Konocti and Kono Tayee, causing huge gusts to whip up white caps. This often can be seen as large ripples on the distant water—at these moments, head back toward…

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Clear Lake Water Loop 5: Volcanic Vents of Soda Bay

Clear Lake Water Loop 5: Volcanic Vents of Soda Bay

Trail Description: A fascinating trip exploring the Clear Lake shoreline, around the infamous Soda Bay hot springs, looping back along Dorn Bay, and a calm paddle down Kelsey Creek. Beautiful views of Mount Konocti and the surrounding ridgelines. This route may be taken year-round. Note that in late summer and fall, intense sun, low water levels, and patches of algae and invasive weeds near the shoreline can impact paddling. A great trip for watching waterfowl and other wildlife, particularly in…

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Clear Lake Water Loop 6: Long Tule Point Wetlands & Wildlife

Clear Lake Water Loop 6: Long Tule Point Wetlands & Wildlife

Trail Description: A bucolic paddle along Clear Lake’s largest remaining natural shoreline, past cottonwoods and ancient oaks and small waterfront hamlets. Far-reaching views of Mount Konocti, the Mayacamas mountains, and the north shore. On calm days, this is a gentle paddling experience; when the wind kicks up, it is best to hug the shoreline. A great alternate paddle during summer and early fall when loops like Anderson Marsh and Rodman Slough may be congested with late-season weeds. Mornings are best…

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