Noyo Bay to Caspar Beach

Fort Bragg, California

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With its generally well-protected semicircle of cliffs sheltering the entrance to the marina, Noyo Bay is a good place for adventurous beginners and aspiring intermediates to gain some exposure to ocean conditions with safe harbor nearby. Beyond the shelter of the bay, experienced paddlers will find lots of chutes and channels, and fun, technical rock gardens to play around on. Although the caving possibilities here are not on par with what’s found further south around Mendocino, there are a couple of challenging tunnel complexes to explore in the cliffs before Soldier Point that make a trip here worth the effort. On calm days the exposed, 5-mile maze of rocks and stacks down to Caspar is a fun challenge for experienced rock-garden paddlers.
Sea Kayaking in Central & Northern California

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Sea Kayaking in Central & Northern California

by Roger Schumann (Falcon Guides)

With its generally well-protected semicircle of cliffs sheltering the entrance to the marina, Noyo Bay is a good place for adventurous beginners and aspiring intermediates to gain some exposure to ocean conditions with safe harbor nearby. Beyond the shelter of the bay, experienced paddlers will find lots of chutes and channels, and fun, technical rock gardens to play around on.

Although the caving possibilities here are not on par with what’s found further south around Mendocino, there are a couple of challenging tunnel complexes to explore in the cliffs before Soldier Point that make a trip here worth the effort. On calm days the exposed, 5-mile maze of rocks and stacks down to Caspar is a fun challenge for experienced rock-garden paddlers.

© 2013 Roger Schumann /Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Fort Bragg
Distance: 1-5 miles
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Tidal Information: Lower tides give better protection from outer reefs and more beach access.
Hazards/Cautions: Boat traffic around the harbor mouth, waves, submerged rocks, wind, and fog.
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: USGS: Fort Bragg (7.5 minute) and NOAA chart 18626 charts.noaa.gov/OnLineViewer/18626.shtml
Driving Directions: Directions to Noyo Bay to Caspar Beach

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