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“Peaceful, quiet -- rent a canoe”
Review of Big River

Big River
Ranked #8 of 25 things to do in Mendocino
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Owner description: A beautiful estuary in which to observe nature.
Foster City
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Peaceful, quiet -- rent a canoe”
Reviewed 22 September 2013

Peaceful and quiet -- very gentle river for our first-time canoe rental with our dog. Not too exciting, but did have some nice views of birds and a coupe of seals.

Visited September 2013
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Vienna, Virginia
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“A Great Escape from civilization!”
Reviewed 1 September 2013

We rented from Catch-a-Canoe which is locate at the river's mouth to the ocean about a mile from downtown Mendocino. They have kayaks and outrigger canoes which are very stable. What was amazing to us is that 100 yards from were we started we were totally away from roads and houses. Very few other people on the river. It's lovely and an easy paddle when you time with the tides. We saw a Harbor Seal, Common Mergansers, King Fishers and fishing Cormorants.
It's rare when you can truly get away from it all and it's so close to darling Mendocino.

Visited August 2013
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Kenwood, California
Level 5 Contributor
90 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Take a kayak paddle!”
Reviewed 8 April 2013

Travel back in time in your rental kayak or outrigger canoe, available near the mouth of the river. Just be sure to check on the tides with the staff so you aren't paddling against the tide on your return trip. A pleasant, peaceful adventure on one of Mendocino County's beloved rivers.

Visited March 2013
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Santa Rosa, California
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A fun place to build a shelter”
Reviewed 4 January 2013

There is the ocean side and the river side. On the river side it is quiet and not windy at all. On the ocean side it is windier, but there is tons of scrap wood and seaweed that people are constantly using to make teepees and other small shelters. Also it seems to be an informal off leash dog area.

Visited January 2013
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Bay Area
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Excellent location to kayak and bike/run”
Reviewed 28 November 2012

Big River was excellent for kayaking. Went out on a freezing & windy early November day, and it was beautiful. Easy kayaking once you head upstream. Only thing, we didn't see any sea mammals, only a few egrets & herons. Went there the following day to ride up the Big River road, no cars, easy bike ride for the first 6+ miles, great for running, and saw no sea mammals. Not sure what was happening, since there was a sign along the road/trail about how there are lots there. Going out to the bay was very tricky with strong currents, narrow shallow opening, and incoming waves. We decided to turn back while heading under the highway.

Visited November 2012
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