KAYAKING

KAYAKING~Guided River Trips & Lake Rentals
"Getting out on the river, facing the unknown, was a break-through for me. Thank you for helping to open a whole new world to me." Linda McGinnis/Palo Cedro, CA

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    Near the end of a great trip!

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    Some dogs love kayaking so much, they don't take no for an answer

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    Taking a picture while a picture is taken of him!

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    Our youngest kayak student (4). She rode along with Heidi as she instructed the older kids,
    then not only put what she'd learned to use, she did it well!

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    We call this spot V Notch (see the two mountains seeming to touch?)

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    Fresh from the rapids and everyone loved them

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    Some parties split their group into kayaks and the raft and even trade off underway

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    Addressing a lifelong fear of water, Taylor ships out with Jaxson

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    Biscuit has been kayaking since she was a puppy

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    One of our berry picking spots along the way

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    Team leader Jaxson!

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Kayak with a Legend

Steph is the only person in the world to have paddled the Pacific Ocean from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada to Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. He paddled an average of 30 nautical miles a day. There were times he had to land in 20' surf. This 1600 nautical mile odyssey was called "BC to BC/'93 and it took nearly two months to complete.

Now, he's kicking back with his wife and partner, Heidi, and their dogs. They love paddling on the Trinity River and lakes near the cabins, although they'll head out for a kayak surf day for another saltwater adventure now and then (once in the blood, saltwater is impossible to remove).

You can learn basic and advanced kayak skills from them in a fun and supportive way right in front of their cabin, or on the lake, then set out on an adventure. There's no age limit, nor fitness requirements other than general good health; we work with you at any level and are experienced in introducing people with disabilities to the water. We use Ocean Kayak sit-on-tops because they're stable, easy to get into and out of, and they're a lot of fun to paddle.

We have a fleet of single kayaks as well as doubles, which work great for parents with kids, as well as anyone who wants an especially stable boat. Two of our models are designed for fishing and you can troll hands-free with them. We only rent kayaks for river use (non-guided) to paddlers who know this river stretch and have demonstrated basic skills, but anyone can rent kayaks for lake use (we'll give a basic lesson for lake paddlers along with the rental; life jackets and paddles are included). 

For novices, or people who don't know this river at the particular flow (release rate from the dam), we HIGHLY RECOMMEND at least one lesson and guided trip so we can teach you well and make sure you know what you're doing. After that, you can rent boats and do more trips on your own. Depending on the size of your dog, it might be able to join you! Big dogs do better on raft trips, though. 

Rates for Guided River Kayak Trips, Guided Lake Trips & Kayak Rentals

We live in Bucktail (a few miles from Lewiston) and most of our river trips originate there, since the run to the end of Steel Bridge Road is so pretty and varied.  Rentals are picked up at our place. 

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED! Please call or email to make them (links below). 

BEAUTIFUL RIVER TRIPS all trips include time for blackberry picking in season (July-Fall) and can run over an hour longer at no extra charge
#1: Old Lewiston Bridge to Bucktail~several miles long;
#2: Bucktail to Steel Bridge~a bit longer than Trip 1
#3: Old Lewiston Bridge to Steel Bridge~our longest trip
#4: Paddle Lewiston Lake~Guided or Self-Guided

GUIDED KAYAK TRIP RATES: lesson, boat, paddle with leash, life jacket & guided trip all included; we handle the shuttle.
7.5% sales tax applies to rental portion.
TRIP 1 or 2 (above) in a Single Kayak: $85
TRIP 1 or 2 in a Double Kayak (2 person): $145
TRIP 3 in a Single Kayak: $105
TRIP 3 in a Double Kayak: $165
TRIP 4 in a Single Kayak: $85 up to 4 hours
Trip 4 in a Double Kayak: $150 up to 4 hours

KAYAK RENTAL FOR SELF-GUIDED TRIPS: Lakes for all; Trinity River only for experienced paddlers who know the river & demonstrate basic skills; shuttles are not included, but are available for an additional charge (see below)
Single kayak with all gear $40 half day/$60 full day
Fishing Kayaks are also available. They're singles, accommodate extra large and/or tall paddlers, have two rod holders each for trolling while paddling. Same price as above.
Double Kayak Rental with all gear $60 half day/$80 full day

SHUTTLES: Drop off or pick up of rented kayaks for non-guided rentals
Lewiston-Douglas City area $25 per drop-off or pick-up (can be for several kayaks)
Junction City/Pigeon Point/Big Flat $45
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