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Bring your paddleboard!

Many people had kayaks - we decided to bring our inflatable paddleboard and we were able to enjoy... read more

Reviewed 8 December 2017
Sonora, California
Great fall paddle

We had the river to ourselves in late October and the weather was spectacular. We put our kayaks in... read more

Reviewed 27 October 2017
Sonoma, California
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A perfect river for first-time canoers or kayakers since the waters are calm and non-threatening.
Gualala, CA
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Famous and lovely river both along the river and as it meets the sea. Access has been restricted heavily. Drive far along the river to find parking. River is lovely.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank TravelPlenty5
Reviewed 8 December 2017

Many people had kayaks - we decided to bring our inflatable paddleboard and we were able to enjoy miles of the river. What a great place to bring the dog, family and just chill out.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Tricia2980
Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

We had the river to ourselves in late October and the weather was spectacular. We put our kayaks in at a gravel beach just north of the bridge on Highway 1. There's a short, unmarked dirt road on the west side of the highway. The...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank 869scottm
Reviewed 31 July 2017

We decided to just take a quick hike and stretch out the legs next to the beautiful and serene Gualala River. We had been on a road trip up the coast and wanted a change of scenery. I mean the beaches are wonderful but a...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Daniel A
Reviewed 24 July 2017

Let me start by saying, my family loves to camp and I have tent camped my entire life, usually in State parks or very small campgrounds. On this trip we decided to rent an RV so that we could bring along our old and ailing...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed 11 May 2017

Kayaking down the Gualala River is a wonderful, peaceful, easy experience. Highly recommended whether water levels are high or low.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Chip J
Reviewed 6 April 2017

Walking along the bank is easy and tranquil. Take care to check your dog and yourself for ticks. They are everywhere and only as big as the head of a needle.

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank docbullyawn
Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

Quaint little town sits on Sonoma/Mendocino county lines, on coast. Unfortunately, not much in the way of restaurants & bars ( many have come & gone last few years, but for a relaxing, quiet getaway, and I truly mean get away from traffic, cellphone calls,...More

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Dionysia K
Reviewed 21 February 2017

The river is beautiful and relaxing. It's the perfect spot to spend a day or weekend in nature. Trees, sunshine and the river in a serene setting

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank wildmoonwisdom
Reviewed 6 October 2016

My Mom use to live in Gualala and we would go here to the River to picnic and just hang out for the day. Very clean place off the beaten path.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank Milinda N
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