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Catch A Canoe & Bicycles Too

The Stanford Inn, Mendocino, CA
+1 707-937-0273
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Awesome experience.

We rented the Outrigger Canoe. We paddled over 9 miles and we had a blast. Highly recommend this... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Fullerton, California
Great family fun

Very helpful staff who gave us great advice as to renting an outrigger canoe to explore the river... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Nancy M
Kingsville, United States
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The Stanford Inn's Catch a Canoe & Bicycles Too is open year round to both Inn guests and the general public. Established in 1972, Catch a Canoe offers kayak, outrigger and canoe rentals on Big River Estuary. Locally made redwood outriggers are extra stable, efficient and easy to control with a foot operated rudder. Perfect for couples, families and pets. Mountain bikes are also available for rentals or for sale. Open daily from 9 to 5.
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“harbor seals” (6 reviews)
“big river” (24 reviews)
“three hours” (3 reviews)
The Stanford Inn, Mendocino, CA
+1 707-937-0273
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We rented the Outrigger Canoe. We paddled over 9 miles and we had a blast. Highly recommend this place. The staff was friendly and well received. Loved the scenery and the sea otters. Very quiet and lots of birds. GREAT PLACE!!!!

Thank safde8
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very helpful staff who gave us great advice as to renting an outrigger canoe to explore the river which was gorgeous. We saw a seal!

Thank Nancy M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Around 9 in the morning we rented two outrigger canoes to paddle up Big River. When we set out we still had some sea fog, but as soon as we rounded the first bend in the river the fog lifted and we had sun throughout....More

Thank Karin H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

These outrigger canoes can't be beat for safety and good relations between the paddlers. The staff were helpful, friendly and relaxed. Be prepared to fight the wind on the way back to the dock.

Thank contradancer
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We took two outrigger boats three to a boat. They were fantastically stable and at no point did anyone feel they were going to get wet. The staff explained things well and were amazingly helpful After that you were off at your own pace. We...More

Thank Kevin C
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Great canoe trip up the river and out. Boats are well maintained and the guys that work there are well versed with getting you a boat that fits your group; big, small and 4 legged. We saw a seal and her pup sunning themselves and...More

Thank shelby w
Reviewed 10 July 2017

They are located on a nice, big, flat, easy to navigate river. Not a lot of parking, but I was able to get a spot. Porta potty in the lot is the only option for a bathroom. They are very helpful and friendly! Pricing system...More

Thank Sarah W
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Paddle up the river and see ospreys and otters and seals (go with the tides) or bicycle the old logging road that parallels the river through the redwood forest. You'll love it!

Thank DianeCasparCottage
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Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

Took the family and paddled up the river. Saw harbor seals, and lots of birds. Boats were super stable and well maintained. The crew was friendly, helpful and super fun. Loved them. Great time!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

A little bit pricy since we realized they charge per person instead of per 🛶 but it was very well worth it. We saw +10 seals and some exotic looking 🐦. A quick tip, be careful of the wind and the current cause we had...More

Thank Aram A
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