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Address: The Stanford Inn, Mendocino, CA
Phone Number:
+1 707-937-0273

The Stanford Inn's Catch a Canoe & Bicycles Too is open year round to...

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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Beautiful Bike Tour

Rented a couple of bikes with my husband and took them through the nearby park. The scenery was breathtaking and the bikes were fantastic. I haven't ridden in years and I could... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Rented a couple of bikes with my husband and took them through the nearby park. The scenery was breathtaking and the bikes were fantastic. I haven't ridden in years and I could handle it without issue. Easily one of my favorite parts of the entire trip, and the guy who runs the shop is great to talk to.

Thank Amtf25
Santa Cruz, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I rented a canoe from this spot and it was a lot of fun. The staff was very helpful and the canoes were really interesting, easy to use and had a great story. The views on the river were amazing and it was very peaceful.

1 Thank KandJ44
Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 213 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a great way to relax: paddling along Big River, watching birds and ducks, being watched and followed by a sea lion, and enjoying the calm surrounding; loved the Polynesian style canoe, very stable and easy. Nice folks at the shop. And low rental costs!

Thank JPDallas
San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

My wife and I rented a canoe and spent a few hours enjoying the river, seeing birds, trees, and many other couples out in canoes too! A relaxing activity that involves a good dose of exercise. Definitely recommend.

Thank atwoodexplores
Takoma Park, Maryland
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2016

My husband and I visited the area for our honeymoon and rented an outrigger canoe from Catch-A-Canoe. They were really helpful in getting us set up and we had an amazing time. It was the first time either of us had used an outrigger and while it took some adjusting we got into a good rhythm. We saw a few... More 

1 Thank LJP1009
Centennial, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2016

This is the third time we took an outrigger up the Big River using Catch A Canoe. The trip is very relaxing (you do need to paddle and fight some wind so it is not like a massage). Time it with the ingoing and outgoing tides, which the guys in the store can help you with and it will be... More 

1 Thank B B
Port Charlotte, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

Great way to see nature at its best and the beautiful Big River. The Eco boat is an outrigger canoe made from redwood. It has a solar operated motor that you can barely hear when it is activated (only used when absolutely necessary). You can paddle if you like, which is mostly when the guide needs a little help turning... More 

Thank lbruna
Chardonne, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2016

We stumbled on this place and ended up having a great day of paddling up and down the river. The outrigger canoes are super stable but they have other options as well. Very helpful staff and good for all ages really. Just watch the tide.

Thank Pratt5
South Pasadena, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2016

The staff here is very good: super friendly and knowledgeable while maintaining that laid back North Coast vibe. My family of four plus our 65# dog lucked into a large canoe with double outriggers--- super stable and easy to turn with its foot-controlled rudder. We did the standard 3-hour tour, with all of us paddling (including my 8-year-old and 12-year-old)... More 

Thank TravelDrone
Richardson, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

We booked the 8 person wood outrigger with Rick for $65/pp and enjoyed the smooth ride powered by a solar powered engine, sail and occasionally our canoe paddles. We saw a group of otters, sea lion and lots of birds. Rick has owned and run Catch a Canoe for 30 years and knowledgable about the history and nature of Big... More 

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