Kayaking Del Norte County

Del Norte County‘s beautiful and unspoiled waters afford those who love to kayak an almost endless opportunity to spend time paddling through incredible surroundings. Here are some of our favorite spots to kayak in Del Norte.

The Smith River is considered one of the cleanest rivers in the world. It is a crown jewel of the Wild and Scenic River system, and the only free-flowing river in California, completely undammed from start to finish! The unique rocky terrain of the Smith means the water does not get muddy from run-off. In fact, the jade-blue water is clear to the rocky bottom in pools of up to 30 feet!

Beyond the mesmerizing beauty of the natural scenery, the Smith River offers a wide range of whitewater kayaking trips, suitable for families, beginners, and experienced kayakers alike.

Redwood Rides 707-951-6559 – Crescent City, CA

The Town of Gasquet, Del Norte County, CA

The tiny and quaint little village of Gasquet is perched along the Smith River on U.S. Highway 199. Boasting a warmer climate, the area is known for its outdoor recreational activities. Its dramatic rocky banks and rapids make its section of the river a popular choice for challenging rafting and kayaking, although there are plenty of sandy beaches and smooth water for relaxing, too.

You’ll find dining and lodging, a village store and a small airstrip for private aircraft.
Annual Gasquet Raft Races

One day a year in July, Gasquet and its river waters becomes a mecca for the wackiest of river goers participating in the annual Gasquet Raft Races. Racers take home awards for being the fastest, and one lucky winner will also go home with the award for “Most Unusual Raft”. Spectators are entertained by the decorated rafts and the outfits of the competitors. This community event is for all ages and features a delicious and succulent deep pit barbeque, beer tasting, and craft vendors. See events to find out more.

The Town of Gasquet, Del Norte County, CA

The tiny and quaint little village of Gasquet is perched along the Smith River on U.S. Highway 199. Boasting a warmer climate, the area is known for its outdoor recreational activities. Its dramatic rocky banks and rapids make its section of the river a popular choice for challenging rafting and kayaking, although there are plenty of sandy beaches and smooth water for relaxing, too.

You’ll find dining and lodging, a village store and a small airstrip for private aircraft.
Annual Gasquet Raft Races

One day a year in July, Gasquet and its river waters becomes a mecca for the wackiest of river goers participating in the annual Gasquet Raft Races. Racers take home awards for being the fastest, and one lucky winner will also go home with the award for “Most Unusual Raft”. Spectators are entertained by the decorated rafts and the outfits of the competitors. This community event is for all ages and features a delicious and succulent deep pit barbeque, beer tasting, and craft vendors. See events to find out more.

The Town of Klamath, Del Norte County

Klamath, 32 miles south of Crescent City, sits on the mouth of the mighty Klamath River and is located within the Yurok reservation. For centuries, the Yurok Indian tribe has called the banks of the Klamath home. Early settlements on the south end of the county depended upon the river waters for transportation and commerce.

Today the town is known for its diverse recreational activities. It is located in the center of Redwood National and State Parks and provides services and lodging in cabins, motels, bed and breakfast inns, a hostel (with modern facilities for 30 visitors) and hundreds of campsites in an area seven miles long.

Klamath Salmon Festival

Both river and community are celebrated annually with the Klamath Salmon Festival, which features a traditional salmon barbeque, cultural workshops and demonstrations, vendor booths, parade, smoked salmon taste off, raffle prizes and traditional Indian stick games.

Attractions and Activities

One of the most popular attractions, Trees of Mystery offers a walk through the Redwood forest to the Sky Trail where you can ride a gondola through the canopy of the forest for breathtaking view of the tops of these towering trees. After the ride, you can visit the Native American Museum, one of the largest privately owned collections of Native American artifacts in the world.

At the Tour Thru Tree, visitors can drive, bike or walk through a 700-year-old redwood tree. For the more adventurous, take a Jet Boat Tour up the spectacular Klamath River where you can see bears, deer, elk, osprey, eagles and otters while hearing about the river’s history, local Native American culture and wildlife.

Abundant Recreational Activities

Recreational activities in Klamath are abundant with the mighty Klamath River, hiking, great surfing, salmon and steelhead fishing, white water rafting, kayaking, and some of the most amazing scenery to be found on California’s far northern coast.