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Smith River Kayaks is conveniently located near the mouth of the Smith River. An ideal opportunity to experience the Wild Rivers Coast, their estuaries, and coastal lagoons from the water, we offer 14 different half day and full day self guided...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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12580 US Highway 101 N, Crescent City, CA 95567-9417
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+1 707-328-2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First, we were greeted by Carl who is one of the most down to earth people that we have ever met! He helped us gear up for the cold weather; providing many options. The car ride to the take-off point was very pleasant and educational....More

Date of experience: November 2018
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arsconsulting, Owner at Smith River Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for the review. This is my favorite part of the river. The lower Smith River has many bird and animal species. I hope the river otters were around. Chinook salmon will be around through mid- December. Carl Page

Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

Had a blast. Two tandem kayaks served us well. Boys ages 3, 6, 9 and 12. All had a good time. Mr. Page set us up well with multiple options to choose from. The rapids were light, but fun enough for the boys. My wife...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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arsconsulting, Owner at Smith River Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

With so many tour options available, I hoe you return soon to explore other areas with your family. We are dog friendly with life jackets and seats for large dogs.

Reviewed 3 July 2018

We had a great time kayaking with Smith River kayaks! Our group was 4 adults and two kids (9 and 11). Carl was very knowledgeable on the area and the wildlife. We got to go through some rapids, stop in a lovely place for lunch...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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arsconsulting, Owner at Smith River Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

The Smith River is the cleanest river in the US, and the water clarity is second to none.

Reviewed 30 June 2018

We did the early morning half day guided trip on the Smith River. Carl was a wonderful guide! He knows the river and the surrounding areas inside out and you can tell he is so passionate about what he does and is extremely knowledgable about...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Cassandra M
arsconsulting, Owner at Smith River Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 30 June 2018

I try to provide all the gear needed for comfortable trip with a large selection of surf suits.booties or water shoes, and dry bags and phone boxes for everybody. Hope you can return to explore the South Fork Smith that is rarely visited and quite...More

Reviewed 30 May 2018 via mobile

This kayak trip was a really cool experience. We were able to see seals, river otters, deer, and many different types of birds. The water was crystal clear and the guided tour was very insightful. Smith River Kayaks was very fun!!!

Date of experience: May 2018
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Carl P, Owner at Smith River Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2018

Hope you can return to explore the upper reaches some day.

Reviewed 29 May 2018

I have to say that Carl helped me check something off my bucket list. I was able to Kayak down a pristine river in the Northwest United States. This is probably one of the best experiences I have ever had. Carl made it happen with...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Carl P, Owner at Smith River Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2018

Having lived here for over 12-years, I know all the best locations and must see sights.

Reviewed 14 May 2018

The Smith River is flat out beautiful with it's clear green blue water, deep canyons, and the world's tallest trees along its bank. And as well, with Smith River Kayaks we got a biologist-guide, Carl Page, good equipment, and low rates. Definitely one of the...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Carl P, Owner at Smith River Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2018

It was a pleasure guiding you down the cleanest and best river in California. Hope to see you again.

Reviewed 8 June 2017 via mobile

Carl was such an amazing help for our kayaking experience. He was so helpful in going down the river an knowledgeable about the area. His kayaks were the real deal they were more sturdy for first time riders like myself. He even took pictures for...More

Date of experience: June 2017
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Carl P, Owner at Smith River Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2018

Smith River Kayaks uniquely provides hard-shell sit-on kayaks for responsive handling in the rapids, unlike the inflatables offered by my competition.

Reviewed 5 December 2016

My husband and I had planned to hike from the Oregon/California border along the California Coastal Trail, the issue we ran into was to finding assistance to cross the Smith River to avoid a 17 mile detour. After calling around local places we hit a...More

Date of experience: November 2016
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Carl P, Owner at Smith River Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2018

With so many options for kayaking the Smith, I hope to show you the South Fork wonders next time.

Reviewed 27 September 2016

We rented a tandem kayak from Smith River Kayaks and selected the guided tour. Carl was really accommodating from the beginning - we were able to book the day before and bring our dog along on the kayak. During the tour, Carl was very knowledgable...More

Date of experience: September 2016
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Carl P, Owner at Smith River Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2018

After 4-years I have come to know most details about the Smith River and its ecology.

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