Kayak or Stand Up Paddelboard



Stay active while on vacation in Napa’s famous wine country with a stand up paddle or kayak trip on the Napa River. Encompassing approximately 55 miles, the Napa River was once the third busiest commercial river in California. It is now a defining natural feature of the City and home to one of the largest inter-tidal marsh restoration projects in the United States (the Napa-Sonoma Marshes). A single deep channel runs directly through the heart of downtown Napa, offering a quiet, scenic setting, with seasonally warmer weather than you will find anywhere else on the water this close to San Francisco.
In this adventure, our knowledgeable guide will teach you the basics of paddling and water safety. Together you hit the water to paddle through restored salt water wetlands, historic downtown Napa and the Oxbow Preserve. As one of the most biologically diverse regions in the San Francisco Bay Area, you may see river otters, turtles and a variety of birds on this leisurely two hour paddle. This adventure ends in the fresh water forest of the Oak Knoll AVA, the most northern reach of the San Pablo Bay.


  • Complimentary paddle lesson on land and in water
  • Scenic wetland, marsh and urban views from the water
  • Paddle alongside native and migratory birds
  • Enjoy the personalized attention of a professional guide and a small group
  • Top-of-the-line paddle equipment
  • Access to a public dock and picnic area
  • Post-paddle wine tasting, charcuterie & cheese platter
  • Shuttle service

What you can expect

Your adventure begins at the scheduled launch time at Kennedy Park. 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 or SUP. Most of our fleet consists of sit-on-top single and tandem kayaks and stand up paddle boards that are stable and well suited for beginners. They also have compartments and bungee straps for locking down your water bottles and belongings. If you prefer more advanced equipment, it is available, please let us know prior to your arrival. Once all participants are fitted for equipment, our guide will discuss paddling on the Napa River, water safety and instruction on SUP or kayak paddling. From there, your adventure begins on water. You can expect to spend 2 hours on the water exploring the northern reach of the San Pablo Bay with our knowledgeable guide at your side.
  • Per person


    Includes Guide
  • Difficulty Level

    Moderate. Beginners welcome and a guide is required for beginner paddlers
  • Tour Includes

    Single or Tandem Kayak or SUP, paddle, life jacket, paddle lesson with certified instructor, water safety and expert river advice. Shuttle back to launch point.
  • Tour Size

    Group 2 - 10 people
  • Distance and duration:

    5.2 miles one way: 1.5 - 2 hrs
  • Meeting Location:

    Kennedy Park Boat Ramp 2295 Streblow Dr. Napa, Ca 94558
  • Launch Time

    Anytime, launch based on tides
  • Addons

    Post paddle wine and charcuterie platter for additional charge

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