Mendocino: Big River Guided Tours

Big River flows fifty five miles westward from the rugged Coast Range into Mendocino Bay. Due to its slight gradient, the lower eight miles are tidal, providing paddlers with good depth year round. Nestled within California’s newest state park, the Big River estuary–including its abundant wildlife and adjacent lands–is now permanently protected. Our unique trio of Big River tours will help you experience the wildlife and river in a way that is truly remarkable … and profoundly memorable.

Mendoléa River Tours

Experience undeveloped Big River Estuary and it’s wildlife aboard the beautiful Mendoléa. Built from re-purposed old growth redwood, this six+ person voyaging canoe uses a state of the art, electric outboard and also deploys a downwind flip sail when conditions are favorable. The catamaran configuration is ultra stable, spacious and easy to paddle if you wish to. Relax and enjoy the silence as your professional guide maneuvers upriver. Watch for harbor seals, river otters and great blue heron while enjoying the beauty of the Big River Canyon. The return trip against the prevailing wind is made effortless courtesy of the nearly silent electric drive.

Mendoléa Private River Tours
(just for your group)

Book the entire boat and bring along up to 6 adults, plus 2 kids between 2 and 10 and 1 or 2 dogs that weigh less than 90 pounds each or any combination thereof. Experience undeveloped Big River Estuary and it’s wildlife aboard the beautiful Mendoléa. Built from re-purposed old growth redwood, this six+ person voyaging canoe uses a state of the art, electric outboard and also deploys a downwind flip sail when conditions are favorable. The catamaran configuration is ultra stable, spacious and easy to paddle if you wish to. Relax and enjoy the silence as your professional guide maneuvers upriver. Watch for harbor seals, river otters and great blue heron while enjoying the beauty of the Big River Canyon. The return trip against the prevailing wind is made effortless courtesy of the nearly silent electric drive.

2019 Lower Big River Tour with a Naturalist

Big River Estuary lies nestled in the Mendocino Headlands State Park. Tidal for up to 8 miles, beautiful Big River is home to river otters, harbor seals, great blue herons, double crested cormorants, and a wide variety of birds. This informative tour takes place on stable, human powered redwood outrigger canoes which are excellent platforms for binoculars. You will travel upriver about 2 miles. Please note that paddling is required, especially on the return. This tour only available during non-summer months, from Labor Day through Memorial Day.

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“When you put your hand in a flowing stream, you touch the last that has gone before and the first of what is still to come.” — Leonardo Da Vinci