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“stanford inn”(5 reviews)
The Stanford Inn's Catch a Canoe & Bicycles Too is open year round to both Inn guests and the general public. Established in 1972, Catch a Canoe offers kayak, outrigger and canoe rentals on Big River Estuary. Locally made redwood outriggers are...more
The Stanford Inn, Mendocino, CA
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Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

One of my best birthday morns ever! All the other reviewers described it well. If you don't want to work much, or have any sort of disability (incl. age!), take the outrigger trip w/naturalist guide Sarah. You see & learn so much more. Plus you...More

1  Thank callucan
Reviewed August 8, 2018 via mobile

Stable unique handmade Outrigger style canoes. Good for beginners or the experienced. The employees are super friendly and helpful.

1  Thank PETER M
Reviewed July 21, 2018

The outrigger canoes are fantastic and unique. It's also more reasonably priced than some of the kayak rentals in the region, and didn't have a hard time limit, which was nice. Highly recommend!

1  Thank ReadyForThisJelly
Reviewed July 9, 2018

We had a day in Mendocino and this was a bit of a last minute idea. When my friends told me it was canoes I was a bit skeptical as I prefer to go by kayak. But these are unlike any canoes I have ever...More

4  Thank HollyR56
Reviewed July 4, 2018

As first timers to canoe/kayaking, we were nervous about taking our dog out on the river with us. The staff was great at reassuring us, setting expectations and advising us on the best timing and approach so we could ensure we could time our trip...More

Thank Sherrie D
Reviewed June 16, 2018 via mobile

We rented an outrigger canoe during our recent trip to Mendocino. The staff was extremely helpful in terms of planning the timing of our trip to maximize our enjoyment - taking into account the wind and tides. Paddling on the river was peaceful, allowing us...More

Thank glomdr
Reviewed June 9, 2018

Having never been in a canoe before, I thoroughly enjoyed the 3 hours on Big River surrounded by stunning scenery and up close with the seals and otters! Lauren at Catch a Canoe was so helpful in getting us a sturdy outrigger and explaining how...More

Thank ftm194
Reviewed May 31, 2018 via mobile

Spent three hours in a redwood outrigger canoe. Oh god. This is what life is for. Seals, a kingfisher, families of geese and jumping fish. This was serene. The quiet and the beauty. They said give the harbour seals space. They came curiously to us,...More

2  Thank bigmadmickmcmad
Reviewed May 14, 2018 via mobile

Wow! I’ve been coming to Mendocino my whole life and had never tried “Catch a Canoe”. They offer boats which are way more stable than your typical canoe or kayak (I want to own one!). After taking a walk on a beach with a local,...More

1  Thank Jake C
Reviewed April 19, 2018

My son's 5th grade class went canoeing with a guide up Big River. The canoes were very sturdy and comfortable. I was prepared to get wet and although it was chilly, we were dry. Canoeing offered the unforgettable opportunity to see Harbor Seals who swam...More

Thank Jennifer R
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