Smith River Kayaks offers many options with no-contact drop-off & pick-up services on the river & nearshore locations. Coastal lagoons offer calm shallow adventures for small children & or larger dogs with ample room on tandems. Call for details (707) 328-2022

Several trips down the Smith River are suitable for dogs too. We provide life jackets and special dog seats or rubber mats for stability.

Lake Earl is over 3,000 acres of coastal lagoon. Calm and shallow with lost of bird life.

Nearshore fishing off Crescent City produces ample fish in a protected bay. Jackson Cuda fishing kayaks provide all the needed accessories included in the package.

Tour the Redwoods in our hard shell sit-on kayaks, not inflatables like our competition.

The Chetco River offers an easy paddle without rapids for many hours through forest lands.


2 months ago
The Smith River kayaks was one of the most amazing experiences I've had. I went with my girlfriend and had amazing first time kayaking there. 100% worth it in my opinion it was so beautiful and the service was extremely nice and friendly, Carl is an amazing interesting guy, he even has a cute cat named mouse. 5/5 would definitely recommend :)
- Sergio F
5 months ago
The equipment (kayak, paddles, life jackets) were excellent and Carl's responsiveness and professionalism was exceptional. I also appreciated his attention to ensuring safety during Covid times. I can not recommend Smith River Kayaks enough. Me and my two boys (10 & 12) went through the redwoods on a 5 hour self-guided kayak trip. The water was just rough enough to be exciting but still feel mostly safe. The Smith River is a jewel of a river.
- Adam S
2 months ago
Excellent experience renting from Carl. He is knowledgeable about the river and provided all the resources necessary for an overnight kayaking trip down the pristine Smith. We went in low season, though be aware-- Smith has some tricky spots here and there. Thank you!
- Mike S

Customized self guided and guided tours

From placid lagoons to mountain canyons and class 1 rapids, to fishing and ocean adventures along the Wild Rivers Coast.

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12580 U.S. 101
Smith River, CA 95567
United States

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Wed:8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
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