Stay active while on vacation in Napa’s famous wine country with a stand up paddle or kayak trip on the Napa River. All great cities have a healthy river running through it and The Napa has come alive once again! This "Fenway Park of water sports" once produced major league baseball mitts and leather-trim for luxury cars, and now showcases the resilience of nature. Since restoration began fifteen years ago otter and beaver have returned and both steelhead & salmon are on the rise! The Napa River is an anchor watershed and one of the most biologically diverse rivers in the Bay Area.
There’s a nature-lover in all of us and if you’re one who wants to get up close and personal with the most beautiful views that the Napa Valley has to offer, you will love the Napa River Eco Tour & Paddle Picnic. This tour celebrates the diversity of the Napa River and the energetic and lively ecosystem of its vibrant habitats. With our knowledgeable guide at your side, this tour spans the largest distance across the Napa River. Together you hit the water to paddle through restored saltwater wetlands, historic downtown Napa, the Oxbow Preserve and up into the freshwater forest of the Oak Knoll AVA, the most northern reach of the San Pablo Bay. Our guide will discuss the ecological history of the Napa River past and present and paddlers will learn about it's rich habitat and wildlife and enjoy a picnic lunch along the river.
Enjoy the personalized attention of a professional guide and a small group departing from downtown Napa
Water safety equipment and professional paddle instruction
Single and tandem sit on top kayaks for their roominess and stability
Tour through the Oxbow Nature Preserve into the northern reach of the San Pablo Bay
Unique ecology and river history with discussion on wildlife and habitat
Venture through salt water wetlands and freshwater forest and scenic downtown views from the water
No kayaking experience necessary
Perfect for all experience levels and beginners welcome
What you can expect
Explore the waterways and discover wildlife on our kayak tour
Enjoy a riverside, gourmet paddle picnic in the Oxbow Preserve on the return journey
Learn about the Native Wapo Indians and picnic near their fishing village that was vital to their survival
Identify birds and wildlife in their fresh and saltwater environment
Learn the ‘three waves’ of economic development introduced by Western civilization over the last century
Learn about the world renown Living River flood protection & restoration project ushering the return of salmon and steelhead
Kayaking is a great opportunity to get in-tune with nature and relieve the stress of daily living. Our crew is friendly and able to work with any level of experience and all age groups, and you can feel safe knowing they’re First Aid, CPR and AED certified
Your adventure begins at the scheduled launch time at the Main Street dock or 100 Riverside Drive. Most of our launch locations do not have changing facilities, so come prepared to get into the water, leaving behind anything you care about losing on the water. After checking in with our guide, you will be fitted for a life-preserver, given a paddle and fit for your kayak. Most of our fleet consists of sit-on-top tandem kayaks that are stable and well suited for beginners. They also have compartments and bungee straps for locking down your water bottles and belongings. From there, your adventure begins on water. You can expect to spend 3 hours on the water exploring the northern reach of the San Pablo Bay with our knowledgeable guide at your side.
Includes guide & riverside picnic
Easy. Beginners welcome.
Single or Tandem Kayak or SUP, paddle, life jacket, paddle lesson, water safety, expert river advice & ecological history. Gourmet riverside picnic.
Group 2 - 10 people
Distance and duration:
5 miles, round-trip: 3 hours
100 Riverside Dr. Napa, Ca 94559 or Main Street Dock @ Napa Riverfront
Anytime, launch based on tides
Hobbie Mirage Drive Fishing Kayaks w/ peddle power
Living River Trip Gallery
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Downtown Napa OxBow
Distance and duration: 3.5 miles round trip, 1.5 | 2 hours
This beginner level, round trip journey starts and ends in the heart of downtown Napa.