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Catch A Canoe & Bicycles Too

The Stanford Inn, Mendocino, CA
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Magical Harbor Seal Viewing

My son's 5th grade class went canoeing with a guide up Big River. The canoes were very sturdy and... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Jennifer R
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Woodland, California
beautiful! beautiful! beautiful!

We were lucky to drop by the catch a canoe on New Years Eve day and chat with Rick. Rick and Blake... read more

Reviewed 7 January 2018
ShomiS69
,
Los Angeles, California
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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 extra stable, efficient and easy to control with a foot operated rudder. Perfect for couples, families and pets. Mountain bikes are also available for rentals or for sale. Open daily from 9 to 5.
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The Stanford Inn, Mendocino, CA
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Reviewed 3 days ago

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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Reviewed 7 January 2018

We were lucky to drop by the catch a canoe on New Years Eve day and chat with Rick. Rick and Blake are super cool guys and set our family of 4 onto a beautiful outrigger canoe. The big river was so beautiful it took...More

Thank ShomiS69
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Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

This was the highlight of our trip to Mendocino! My partner, two dogs, and I had an amazing day on Little River in an outrigger from Catch a Canoe. The people who work there were super friendly and answered our questions beforehand. The boat itself...More

Thank hereishome
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Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

Catch a Canoe & Bikes Too is a delightful little business right below the Stanford Inn on the south side of Big River and the town of Mendocino. While there are many options for bikes and watercraft here, there is nothing like a paddle deep...More

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Reviewed 25 October 2017

We were staying at the Stanford Inn and were so looking forward to canoeing on the Big River with our little dog Willow. I emailed Rick a few weeks before and he responded right away, and reserved a dog-friendly canoe. He was there to greet...More

Thank Nathan B
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Reviewed 13 October 2017

I brought my 17 year old yellow labrador retriever here after I read that they have canoes that will seat dogs. The article I read raved about this place so I had high exceptions. Not only did they meet them, they exceeded them. The canoes...More

Thank nyctravis
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Reviewed 12 September 2017

We went on the Eco river tour in the special outrigger canoe for small groups. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and guided us along the river explaining about the flora and fauna we saw. There was abundant bird life and also a swimming garter snake....More

Thank Penny L
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Reviewed 11 August 2017

We rented the Outrigger Canoe. We paddled over 9 miles and we had a blast. Highly recommend this place. The staff was friendly and well received. Loved the scenery and the sea otters. Very quiet and lots of birds. GREAT PLACE!!!!

Thank safde8
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Reviewed 8 August 2017

Very helpful staff who gave us great advice as to renting an outrigger canoe to explore the river which was gorgeous. We saw a seal!

Thank Nancy M
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Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

Around 9 in the morning we rented two outrigger canoes to paddle up Big River. When we set out we still had some sea fog, but as soon as we rounded the first bend in the river the fog lifted and we had sun throughout....More

Thank Karin H
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