Kayaking in California

Kayaking 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 kayaking trips in California for every level of kayaker. Whether you're looking for a guided trip, kayak rentals, self-guided, day trip, multi-day trip, or anything in between, there's a kayaking trip in California for you. If you've paddled California before, be sure to share your trip with the rest of us!

Guide to Kayaking in California

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

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Planning a paddling trip? Practice Safer Paddling and remember to ALWAYS WEAR A LIFE JACKET!

Kayaking 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 Kayaking 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 kayaking in California? Check out the Paddling.com Message Boards for resources to help you get started.

Kayak Outfitters in California

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

Kayaking in California