Canoeing in California

Canoeing Trips in California

It is rare to find the combination of mountains and beaches that California has to offer, and the variety of paddling adventures is just as enticing! Find canoeing trips in California for every level of canoeist. Whether you're looking for a guided trip, canoe rentals, self-guided, day trip, multi-day trip, or anything in between, there's a canoeing trip in California for you. If you've paddled California before, be sure to share your trip with the rest of us!

Planning the trip of a lifetime? Check out these safe paddling tips and always wear your life jacket

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Guide to Canoeing in California

Paddle through a national park or get into some beautiful mountain lakes! You're sure to find something to match your interest in California! Here are a few popular paddling destinations to investigate:

  • Lake Sonoma
  • Medicine Lake
  • Lundy Lake

Canoeing Locations In California

If you want to plot your own route, check out all paddling locations in California! Search thousands of put-in and take-out locations on our Paddling Locations Map and be sure to download the Go Paddling app where you can save favorites or create and share a float plan!

Plan a Canoeing Trip in California

Over the years, many of our paddlers have paddled throughout California and were so generous to share their paddling experiences with us in a community trip report. Read a few examples of California community trip reports below:

Connect with Paddlers in California

Are you looking to connect with other paddlers about going canoeing in California? Check out the Message Boards for resources to help you get started.

Canoe Outfitters in California

Looking to rent a canoe or go on a guided trip? Check out these outfitters in California: