Gualala River

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Gualala River
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A perfect river for first-time canoers or kayakers since the waters are calm and non-threatening.
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22Janjim20
Oakland, CA429 contributions
Up the Lazy River
Sep 2020
We stayed at a place where our view was the river and the ocean- magnificent. We went kayaking on the river and had a picnic lunch. Lots of fun! The river was very shallow at one end and we had to get out to walk the kayak to a deeper place. When we went toward the ocean, it was super.
Written 3 October 2020
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SierraCoaster
Grass Valley, CA33 contributions
Easy Paddling
Jan 2019 • Couples
We've kayaked down (and back up) the Gualala River several times over the past few years. We got our boats from Adventure Rents - highly recommend them! Lots of easy fun. The hardest part is when you have to portage, if the river is low. There are many places to pull out on a sandy place to enjoy lunch or relaxing in the sun.
Written 20 January 2019
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TravelPlenty5
Los Angeles, CA98 contributions
NO DECENT BOAT RAMP BUT LOVELY RIVER
Sep 2018 • Business
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.
Written 12 November 2018
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Tricia2980
Sonora, CA48 contributions
Bring your paddleboard!
Aug 2017 • Family
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.
Written 8 December 2017
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Scott M
Sonoma, CA151 contributions
Great fall paddle
Oct 2017 • Couples
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 mouth of the river is blocked in summer and fall creating a flat, no current "lake" we were able to paddle up into the redwoods for about 45 minutes.
Written 27 October 2017
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Daniel A
Beijing, China32,963 contributions
Tranquil
Jul 2017 • Couples
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 nice river walk was perfect. We only walked a few miles and of course would have been better to kayak and get a true sense of the river but we were just on a schedule free road trip and just did what looked interesting to us.
Written 31 July 2017
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Lyn H
San Diego, CA45 contributions
Beautiful Place!
Jul 2017 • Family
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 dog.
I was a bit worried about staying in an RV park, but all of the State campgrounds were booked, so we bit the bullet and chose Gualala.
All I can say is WOW! What a beautiful and well run place. The campground (resort) is spacious with private sites surrounded by redwoods, firewood is delivered at night for purchase so no need to drive or walk and haul it, staff is beyond courteous, the river is breathtaking, blue jays and squirrels abound, the showers are impeccable and huge, the "play" area is small but nicely situated so that it is not a disruption the nature around you...... all in all, this is one of the finest campgrounds I have ever set foot in. Our family was amazed and so sorry we had not booked more than two nights. We moved on from here up to Redwoods River Resort in Leggett, CA and were so disappointed there, after experiencing Gualala, that we headed home after only one night.
Additionally, the town of Gualala is cute and friendly. Don't be surprised if your cell service does not work in the camp area or town. No wifi either. But, this is the outdoors! If you really need wifi or service (as we did for business), you can make the short drive or bike into town and sit in the local "mall" with free access. Do not miss this place! I am anxious to return!
Written 24 July 2017
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Chip J
7 contributions
Kayak!
May 2017 • Couples
Kayaking down the Gualala River is a wonderful, peaceful, easy experience. Highly recommended whether water levels are high or low.
Written 11 May 2017
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Prince Kuyper
Vacaville, CA75 contributions
Leisurely walk, but beware of ticks
Nov 2016 • Friends
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.
Written 6 April 2017
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Dionysia K
Santa Rosa, CA18 contributions
My favorite home away from home!
Sep 2016
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, noise, hustle & bustle, this is a great place to escape to!) 3 or 4 hotels, great beaches, great people in close-knit community. There are a few nice boutique shops, camping, house rentals, Gualala River is great for swimming, fishing, kayaking. If you like peace & solitude this is a great getaway
Written 6 April 2017
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