Big River

Mendocino, California

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Character: This easy paddle close to Mendocino, follows a tidal estuary into a placid, intimate stream bordered by North Coast forests. Marine Mammal Protection Act applies. The Big River can be paddled year-round. However, during much of the summer, strong afternoon winds blow upstream from the ocean. The winds make the return paddle difficult. So, spring and autumn are favored paddling seasons. Then the Big River is a delight to paddle upstream during slack water or an incoming tide.

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"Character: This easy paddle close to Mendocino, follows a tidal estuary into a placid, intimate stream bordered by North Coast forests. Marine Mammal Protection Act applies. The Big River can be paddled year-round. However, during much of the summer, strong afternoon winds blow upstream from the ocean. The winds make the return paddle difficult. So, spring and autumn are favored paddling seasons. Then the Big River is a delight to paddle upstream during slack water or an incoming tide."

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Mendocino
Distance: 8
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 4 to 6 hours
Class: Class I
Season: Best spring and autumn
Local Maps: USGS Mendocino, Mathison Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Big River

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May 2018