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DOWNTOWN NAPA & OXBOW PRESERVE

Guided kayak & paddle board tours in the heart of Napa.

The Best Way to Experience Downtown Napa

Leave the city streets behind and paddle leisurely upriver into the wondrous woodlands of the Oxbow Preserve. The established river banks on this stretch of the Napa River provide shelter from wind, creating prime paddling conditions at nearly any time of day.

The Napa River offers flat water and mild currents with very little boat traffic, but during early season conditions, the NVP crew may alter your route for the best paddling experience.

Water To Wine - Guided Trip

The Napa River is a meeting place—where fresh and salt water converge; where fish, birds, and animals comingle; and where the histories and cultures of generations of people blend and flow, twisting and turning like the living river itself.  From these volcanic soils, natives chiseled arrowheads where vineyards grow today.  Roots that ebb & flow each growing season, penetrating volcanic rock toward the water table below.  This river is essential to produce wines of perfection from a diverse range of grapes harvested from Napa’s world-famous vines.  

Includes tasting room voucher in Downtown Napa & Backstage Pass to JaM Cellars

Tours launch at 9am & 11:30am from the Riverfront Plaza - Main Street Dock on Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday (11:30am)

WATER TO WINE - GUIDED TOUR  $89                  * includes an additional hour to paddle after the tour

RENTAL FEES
Paddle Board  $35/hour         
Single Kayak $35/hour
Tandem Kayak $49/hour

  • Two hour minimum to book
  • Hourly rental available on walk-in basis, please text in advance for availability  707.200.5511

DEPARTS FROM
Main Street Dock
700 Main Street Napa, CA 
Directions

DESTINATION
Round-trip to/from Main Street Dock (Riverfront Plaza)

Walk past the big, wooden chair to the river and down the stairs.  NVP is located on the left side of the dock below the gangway.

TRIP LENGTH
Up to 4 miles, 2 hours

UPGRADE YOUR EXPERIENCE

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PRIVATE KANAKA BOAT

Let your guide do the work! Relax aboard a hand-crafted wooden kanaka boat modeled after those carrying early settlers to Napa Valley from arriving ships in the San Francisco Bay. Perfect for couples, friends, and families.

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CATERING & TRANSPORT

Treat your group to a wine tasting, cheese and charcuterie, or a fully-catered spread. Complete the experience with transportation to and from your hotel or meeting facility. You provide the wish list and we'll do the rest!

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PRIVATE EVENT SPACE

• Private riverfront cottage & grounds
• Charcuterie & wine tasting on-site
• Guided tour of Fagan Preserve
• Central to hiking, biking & wineries
• Local oysters!  (Nov - April)
• Custom catering options

MORE DETAILS

RENTAL INCLUDES
Kayak or paddle board, life vest, paddle, pre-paddle orientation, and river overview

ACTIVITY LEVEL
Family-oriented paddling is best in the morning before 1 pm.   This is safe, calm paddling environment with proximity to the shoreline at all times.  Paddlers enjoy flat, calm water in a 5mph zone with very little boat traffic, particularly in the Oxbow.  Paddleboarding at lower tide levels is not suitable for beginners.  Paddling into the Oxbow generally requires over 1.5ft on the tide chart (we will advise you regarding the route)

PARKING
Plenty of parking is available in the 5th Street Parking Garage across the street from Riverfront Plaza.  Street parking is limited to 2 hours on the street with no limits on Sunday.

WHAT TO WEAR
Water shoes are not essential but are preferred by many of our guests. Others prefer flip-flops or paddling barefoot. Dress in layers and synthetic clothing (it will dry faster than cotton). 

WHAT TO BRING
Drinking water, sunscreen, light towel. We suggest using our dry bags or dry boxes for phones, wallets, and keys, or bring your own.  We have a sports lanyard for your cellphone available for $20, free with our audio guide/navigational assistant.

CANCELLATION POLICY
Reservations canceled up to 48 hours before your scheduled launch will be refunded.