Feeling adventurous? Want to try something brave? Try our one way, self-guided trip and ride the tide to town or beyond! Choose from three distinct environments at the headwaters of the Napa River where fresh & saltwater meet including wetlands, Downtown renaissance or forested Northern Reach above Oxbow Preserve. Have a full day to explore? Experience all three regions in just 3-4 hours of paddle time, stopping for lunch along the way above the Main Street dock or picnic at Kennedy Park.
*Now enhanced by Yak Audio! We will share snippets of history, culture and ecology to give you a sense of the rich diversity that makes the Napa River - and the entire Napa Valley so unique. A sprinkle of 'jungle cruise magic' to nurture curiosity in nature and established a sense of place. Real sunsets, real birds, true stories, early explorers, diverse cultures and wave after wave of economic boom & bust. It all happens on water! Starting at $54/seat in Tandem Kayak
*Enhanced by Yak Audio!
One Way Trip: Uber & Lyft easily accessible
Duration: 1-3 hours | Distance: 2.5 – 8 miles | Difficulty Level: Easy, beginners
Starting Point: Kennedy Park or Cuttings Wharf
Your tour begins in South Napa wetlands with expansive views and a panoramic skyline stretching from Mt. Veeder to Atlas Peak and Coombsville. Your flotilla will experience the full transition from wetlands to forest, gliding along a path of least resistance in one of the most biodiverse regions of the San Francisco Bay Area.
As the river narrows a mild current ushers you through Downtown into the forest canopy of the Oxbow Preserve where shorebirds make way for the occasional kingfisher, turtle or otter.
Our gps-based audio tour is designed to entertain paddlers by engaging the natural environment toward an elevated connection with nature, history and the environment that surrounds you.
*Enhanced by Yak Audio!
One Way Trip: Uber & Lyft readily available
Duration: 1.5-2.5 hours | Distance: 3.5 – 5.4 miles | Difficulty Level: Medium
Starting Point: Trancas Park
Discover the most northerly reach of San Pablo Bay, nearby vineyard, marsh, mountain views and wildlife in this truly diverse experience. Get a chance to paddle the morning ebb tide on the Napa River into the riparian forest, the Oxbow Preserve, downtown, and beyond. Observe a complete transition from forest to wetland and the renaissance of downtown Napa.
Note: Paddleboarders must be pre-screened for this tour. Requires a morning high tide, riding the outgoing tide
NOTE: Napa Valley Paddle also offers customized Premium Packages for self-guided tours that include picnic lunches & snacks, wine tasting, oyster tasting, and more
Napa River Awaits You!! What Are You Waiting For??