Kayak or Stand Up Paddelboard

NAPA RIVER ECO TOUR & PADDLE PICNIC

A GUIDED Trip

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.

Highlights

  • 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
  • Eat locally cured meats, nuts, cheese, pickles, crackers and non-alcoholic beverage
  • 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.
  • Per person

    $109

    Includes guide & riverside picnic
  • Difficulty Level

    Easy. Beginners welcome.
  • Tour Includes

    Single or Tandem Kayak or SUP, paddle, life jacket, paddle lesson, water safety, expert river advice & ecological history. Gourmet riverside picnic.
  • Tour Size

    Group 2 - 10 people
  • Distance and duration:

    5 miles, round-trip: 3 hours
  • Meeting Location:

    100 Riverside Dr. Napa, Ca 94559 or Main Street Dock @ Napa Riverfront
  • Launch Time

    Anytime, launch based on tides
  • Addons

    Hobbie Mirage Drive Fishing Kayaks w/ peddle power

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