Water dog? Here are some great stories with dog-friendly ideas for canoeing, rafting and boating fun for you and your dog. Whether you are looking for a quiet paddle down a river or an adrenaline-pumping white water adventure, there is something out there to fit everyone’s tastes. Take your time researching and selecting the right activity based on safety considerations and your comfort level. It’s important to choose activities that will be enjoyable for both you and your canine companion.

An unforgettable ride in Mendocino County

Kayla ready to board the Skunk Train. Photo by Dave Kendrick.
Mendocino County is known for its breathtaking beaches, wineries and even some redwood forests. Hop aboard a historic train with your pup. This adventure takes “Wanna go for a ride?” to epic excitement levels. The century-and-a-half-old Skunk Train starts in Fort Bragg and winds through redwood groves, panoramic trestles and along a stunning river canyon. Pups are welcome on both open and clos  Read more.

Wags and wine in Lake County

Lake County is known for its crystal clear lakes and explorable wineries. In fact, they have the most dog-friendly wine country in the U.S. with over 30 wineries that welcome your dog. Discover 3,000 acres of private trails at Six Sigma Ranch & Winery. There is plenty to sniff out, from grapevines and moss-covered oak trees to wild turkeys (and of course, wine for their people).  Read more.

Dog-approved adventures in California’s North Coast region

Frenchie hiking the redwood forests of the North Coast.
Our pups have discerning tastes: good sleeps, good eats and plenty of play. Just north of San Francisco, the ‘North of Ordinary’ counties of California – Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte – offer plenty of fun for both you and and your dog on the North Coast in Northern California.  Read more.

Your dog deserves a vacation too!

Rosie at Little River Inn. Photo by Little River Inn.
The Little River Inn rolls out the red carpet for dog-lovers and their four-legged friends. They offer two fabulous packages: the Water Dog Sea Cave Package and the River Dog Package. Choose one or choose both! The Water Dog Sea Cave Package offers dog-friendly kayaking on the ocean off Van Damme state beach with sea cave tours. The River Dog Package offers a 3-hour dog-friendly, ultra-stable outr  Read more.

Family fun with a pup-friendly pedigree

Kids and dogs love the Stanford Inn. Photo by the Stanford Inn.
The Stanford Inn is a family-friendly jewel with plenty of four-paw delights – think hiking trails, a heated saltwater pool, scavenger hunts, canoes that accommodate dogs,  Read more.

Paddle, pedal and play with your pup

Check-in time at the Stanford Inn is a joyous moment. Pups and their people linger in the lobby, sharing stories about their favorite outdoor adventures. Dogs are welcome across the resort’s guestrooms, grounds, bookstore and lobby, of course, but leave some time to explore the region’s pup-friendly beaches, parks, waterways and trails, too.  Read more.

Wellness meets tail-waggin’ fun at the Stanford Inn

Few places match Mendocino’s natural beauty. The Stanford Inn stretches along 10 coastal acres here, framed by USDA-certified organic gardens, towering trees and Pacific Ocean views. Dog-friendly for 43 years and counting, this charming getaway by innkeepers Jeff and Joan Stanford offers an earth-minded experience with wellness programs, spa services, outdoor adventures and plant-based dining.   Read more.

Dog-gone good lake adventures

Maya loves Lake Tahoe. Photo by Dave Kendrick.
Generations of families and four-legged friends have passed unforgettable afternoons atop Lake Tahoe. Maya, DogTrekker’s director of barketing, prefers cruising on open-bow powerboats from Tahoe City Marina, a very dog-friendly place for rentals. In Carnelian Bay, Waterman’s Landing is a top spot for standup paddleboarding and outrigger canoe excursions. Tahoe City Kayak offers guided kayak to  Read more.

Wild Blue Dogs Summer Camp early bird ends March 15

As the country’s only nonprofit dog camp, Wild Blue Dogs at South Lake Tahoe offers grants for pet cancer treatments and supports cancer research. Your participation not only guarantees an exceptional camp experience with your dog but also aids an important cause. Be sure to secure a spot for the Summer Camp by March 15, 2024 for an early bird discount.  Read more.

Ruff-ing it in Shasta County

Hiking dog-friendly Whiskeytown Falls trails. Photo by Choose Redding.
The community of Redding anchors Shasta County, and it's the gateway to recreational opportunities across the Shasta Cascade region. Set  Read more.

Plan a spring reset in the Shasta Cascade region

Middle McCloud Falls, Siskiyou County, Upstate California.
Turn travel dreams into real itineraries with the all-new DogTrekker.com. Your ultimate go-to guide for dog-friendly California adventure sparks inspiration while spotlighting destinations like the Shasta Cascade region (aka Upstate CA). This eight-county playground has more than a dozen national and state parks, plus countless trails, lakes, fishing streams, restaurants and hotels that welcome pu  Read more.

Make a big splash

Photo by Visit Big Bear.
It’s not hard to get lured in by the lake lifestyle, especially when your canine companions are welcome on the  Read more.

Spring safety tips for dog owners

Understanding and managing risks for a safe outdoor experience When venturing out with your dog during spring, it’s important to be proactive about various risks to ensure a safe and … Continued  Read more.

First time paws-ing in Redding?

Sundial Bridge. Photo by Choose Redding.
If you’re new to Redding and the eight-county UpState CA region, start at the Shasta Cascade Welcome Center that’s just down the road in Anderson. Open daily and packed with free maps, brochures, exhibits, geocaching guidance, gifts and even a waterfall pond with wild trout, it's your gateway to the area’s experiences. The DogTrekker team has also outlined a few of our favorite dog-frien  Read more.

Choose Redding for new dog-friendly scenery, experiences

Want to make tracks somewhere new with your pup? Upstate California holds many tail-wagging surprises. The city of Redding is the gateway to this big, diverse and largely dog-friendly region. A river runs through it —the Sacramento River, to be exact— and the Sacramento River National Recreation Trail is the place to start exploring.  Read more.

Become a water dog in Mendo County

Ah, Mendocino! This Northern California county’s beautiful stretch of coastline is a perfect place to retreat to in summertime, especially when the Central Valley is a bit warmer (don’t forget a sweatshirt—you may need it). And you can’t choose a more beguiling place to stay than super dog-friendly Little River Resort & Spa, perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific. A  Read more.

Fall for these dog-friendly waterfalls

Yes, we had a dry January, but the big storms in late December filled lakes and streams and created a hefty Sierra snowpack. The payoff: Waterfall season! Here are some late winter/early spring hikes with watery rewards at the end. Yosemite Gushers Moving Water in Marin Don’t Pass on Pasadena With Your Dog Santa Barbara’s Waterfall Surprise   Read more.

Santa Barbara’s waterfall surprise

How good are you and your dog at rock-hopping and scrambling? You’ll need to put those skills to work on the popular 7 Falls Trail in the Los Padres National Forest outside Santa Barbara. It’s best just after a rain, when the falls are gushing. The 3.2-mile out-and-back is accessible and dog-friendly year-round. Parking at the trailhead is limited and strict, so stay behind the white l  Read more.

Moving water in Marin

It’s not the easiest waterfall hike in Marin County, but Cataract Falls, on the north flank of Mount Tamalpais, is easily the Bay Area’s most popular waterfall destination. It roars and gets really big after a spring rain, spouting nine silvery cascades, some 50 and more feet high, plunging down the Cataract Creek streambed. The surrounding forest, with its moss-covered rocks, ferns, t  Read more.

Big River beckons at Catch A Canoe

Photo by Catch A Canoe & Bicycles, Too.
There’s something magical about the Big River estuary near Mendocino—and something ingenious about the “canine cruiser” that transports two- and four-legged visitors down the calm and inky river to the sea.  Read more.

Water Dog Package at the Little River Inn

Rosie at Little River Inn. Photo by Little River Inn.
The Little River Inn brings back its very popular Water Dog package at the Little River Inn Resort & Spa, perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific. You’ll enjoy a two-night stay in a pet-friendly guest room, a Kayak Albion River Nature Tour, a goodie bag with dog treats and info on where to hike and boat with dogs—plus a $120 dinner voucher good for takeout dining and in-per  Read more.

Cooper loved to Travel

In his ten years, this Lab/border collie/cattle dog mix traveled to seven states, but most of all he loved going anywhere DogTrekker recommended.  Read more.

Dog daze of summer!

Photo by Gabriella Clare Marino.
Use DogTrekker.com or the DogTrekker mobile app to finds beach websites, park phone numbers and directions.  Read more.

Open air dog-friendly activities perfect for social distancing

By now, we all know the drill: wash your hands, cover your face in public, maintain six feet of “social distancing” between yourself and anyone else who is not a member of your household “bubble.” So where does your dog fit in? Right by your side, as always! In Mendocino County, you’ll have access to many activities that let you have fun while still adhering to the gu  Read more.

Harley the waterdog

I just lost Harley my yellow lab on January 5 at nine years young. She loved Dillon Beach, going to the snow and swimming anywhere she could find a body of water.  Read more.

Go North, DogTrekkers, Go North!

A month from now, the epic waterfalls of the Shasta-Cascade region in Northern California will be gushing in spectacular fashion. That said, the cascades on the McCloud River —Lower, Middle and Upper—are mind-blowing at any time of year. They’re connected by a 1.5-mile-long trail that deserves leisure exploration. To give yourself time to wander (and take a selfie or three!), hol  Read more.

Pant, paddle, pedal with your pup

Photo by Catch A Canoe & Bicycles, Too.
There’s something magical about the Big River estuary alongside the Stanford Inn, and something ingenious about the “canine cruiser” that transports two-and four-legged visitors downstream on an ultra-stable platform.  Read more.

Clear your head at Clear Lake

North checks out Clear Lake at sunrise. Photo by Jennifer Waicukauski.
Clear Lake in Lake County is a big puddle of blue on the map about 75 miles north of Santa Rosa. For DogTrekkers, it and nearby Blue Lakes offer a diverse range of getaway options, from luxury resorts to funky cabins and many campgrounds. A natural freshwater body of water tucked into a hilly, forested landscape, Clear Lake is known to anglers as one of the best bass fisheries in the state.  Read more.

River cruisin’ with your canine

Photo by Catch A Canoe & Bicycles, Too.
Many say that coastal Mendocino County is not so much a place as a state of mind. And for DogTrekkers, full immersion wouldn’t be complete without a dog-friendly paddle excursion along the serene Big River estuary.    Read more.

Lake County hideaway

“Agritourism”—an agriculturally based operation or activity that brings visitors to a farm or ranch—is as old as winemaking in California, yet there aren’t many places where visitors with dogs can spend the night on the premises. Bed & Barrel at Stonehouse Cellars, a winery/tasting room/B&B in Clearlake Oaks, Lake County, is an exception.  Read more.

Summer’s last splash: Gotta lake it!

Fallen Leaf Lake. Photo by Jennifer Barnes.
When Northern Californians mention “The Lake,” you know they’re talking Tahoe. September is “tweener” season at Big Blue, a time when locals breathe deep, tourism drops off and visitors in the know snag mega-deals on lodging.  Read more.

Water Safety Guidelines

By Dr. Angela Gaeto, DVM, of the Helen Woodward Animal Center community in San Diego County. When the whole family is out enjoying water activities, be sure to consider the safety and well-being of your pets as well!  Read more.

Hop On A Houseboat With Your Pup

Water, sun, stars, memories. A houseboating vacation provides them all, plus a lot of novelty for first-timers. While Shasta Lake is justly known as the house-boating capital of California, it’s not the only body of water where you can herd your friends and family (including your pup, of course) aboard and say “anchors aweigh” on a slow-moving, waterborne vacation.  Read more.

Surf City USA, Gateway to the OC

If you’re lucky enough to be visiting Huntington Beach with your pooch, you might be inclined to get comfortable and not leave the city. After all, when it comes to pup-friendly restaurants, services and a dazzling Dog Beach, Surf City has you spoiled. But try not to get lulled into the local beach vibe too much. Orange County has plenty more for you and your four-legged friend to explore. H  Read more.

If Everybody Had a Surf Dog…

You’re sure to have a Beach Boys sound track playing in your head as you and your pup cavort on aptly named Dog Beach, the leash-free segment of 3.5-mile-long Huntington Beach, centerpiece of the city of the same name (also known as Surf City USA). Surf culture rules in this SoCal mecca for more than 8 million annual visitors—and sometimes, especially during the annual Surf City Surf D  Read more.

Surf City USA with your dog

Photo by Kojirou Sasaki.
Voted one of California's dog-friendliest cities, Huntington Beach welcomes four-legged children with open arms at restaurants, parks, and hotels; along its paved beach path; and even dedicates a stretch of beach to salty pups.  Read more.

Moseying on Mendocino waterways

Photo by @haystackbird.
There’s something magical about the Big River estuary near Mendocino—and something ingenious about the “canine cruiser” that transports two- and four-legged visitors down the calm and inky river to the sea.  Read more.

Say Anchors Aweigh on Shasta Lake

If ever there were a summer to go house-boating, this is it! Shasta Lake—house-boating capital of California and maybe the world—is as full of water as regulators will permit it to be, allowing boaters to pull right up to shore and walk off onto land. The lake’s 360 miles of jagged shoreline are indented with cove after cove where you can anchor out in solitude or bob in the comp  Read more.

Water Safety

By Dr. Shannon Leggieri, DVM, MS of Claremont Veterinary Hospital, Oakland. There is no better exercise for your dog’s health than swimming. But before you and your furry friend dive in this summer, there are certain precautions you should take to maximize health benefits and minimize hazards.  Read more.

Every walk in Surf City is special

Photo by Visit Huntington Beach.
The Dog Beach here in Surf City has become famous throughout Southern California. More than a mile of undeveloped beach along one of the prettiest stretches of the coast  Read more.

Paradise for water dogs

DogTrekker.com reader Jan N. alerted us to a secluded public dog-friendly beach that she and her dog Angel discovered on the way home from a camping trip to Lake Tahoe.  Read more.

Where to Float Away

Northern California has more houseboating opportunities than any other state in the Union, but a little homework is always in order. For comprehensive information and comparisons, check in with Forever Resorts, biggest player in the state, and with web-based booking agencies houseboating.org and houseboats.com, each of which represents multiple operators. Meanwhile, from north to south, here are s  Read more.

Water Safety and Your Dog

Some dogs love swimming and splashing. Labs, poodles, Brittanys and other hunting breeds seem born with an instinct to seek out places to get wet. But other dogs don't like water at all, may not have learned to swim and may not be comfortable on boats.  Read more.

Houseboating Nuts and Bolts

Think of a houseboat as a slow-moving RV that takes a long time to turn, and you get an idea of what piloting one is like. Some rental companies require designated navigators to have previous boating experience, although most will accept novices. At any rate, you'll be put through an extensive orientation before shoving off.  Read more.

Kayla’s Water Walk

One of Kayla's favorite walks as a 'senior' dog was along the San Rafael waterfront adjacent to Loch Lomond Marina. She began walking this trail as a puppy some 14 years ago. Back then, this was a rough rock-strewn path that leads around the spit that ends at the entrance to the marina. Kayla's favorite walk along the water. With the development of the new housing development know  Read more.

Go with the rivers’ flow

Photo by Elizabeth Krupka.
Your dog may not be able to paddle her own canoe, but you’ll have a blast paddling for her with an assist from an outfitter who knows how to help water-loving canines and their people have fun.  Read more.

More Wet Ways to Play

Photo by @thatstokedgolden
Stand-Up Paddleboarding, SUP for short, is an emerging sport with Hawaiian heritage that’s caught on big all up and down California. The newest craze: teaching dogs to hitch a ride. A great way for both of you to learn is with SUP PUPS, operating out of Waterman’s Landing Beach Café at Lake Tahoe.  Read more.

Running the Russian River with Rover

Russian River Adventures has kicked off its 2016 season of dog-friendly float trips out of Healdsburg in Sonoma County. With plenty of water this year to navigate the secluded, 9-mile stretch from town to Wohler Bridge, the entire family can enjoy the Russian River with your pup serving as first mate.  Read more.

Kayla at the Waterfront Hotel

Photo by Waterfront Hotel.
Kayla at the Waterfront Hotel Kayla decided to attend Jack London Square's Boo! Bark, Brews & Bites Halloween party and spent the night at the Joie de Vivre's Waterfront Hotel, which was just steps away from the fun.  Read more.

Chasing Surf With Your Dog in Santa Cruz County

Photo credit: lostintheredwoods (CC) Santa Cruz County’s curvy coastline is studded with some 29 miles of beaches providing lots of options for DogTrekkers. Fifteen strands are dog-friendly, and one, Mitchell’s Cove, is legally leash-free during daylight hours before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m.  Read more.

Catalina adventure

One dog per passenger is permitted on the Catalina Express, provided they are crated or muzzled. Photo by Catalina Express.
Catalina Island off the coast of Southern California is a favorite day-trip and weekend destination, and many travelers are surprised to discover that the Catalina Express, serving the island from Long Beach, Dana Point and San Pedro, does allow dogs.  Read more.

SUP with your pup

Stand-Up Paddle-boarding has caught on big-time with canine passengers as well as the people who do the paddling. Most dogs love to ride along, although it can take some coaxing at first. Whether you own your own board or are a first-timer, you’ll find instant community at 101 Surf Sports in San Rafael, a sponsor of regular outings on which everyone has a dog on board.  Read more.

Paddling Mendocino county rivers

Photo by Catch A Canoe & Bicycles, Too.
Have you ever longed to kayak on a beautiful river but not been able to because you have your dog along? Come to Mendocino County, where it’s easy to go paddling with your pooch.  Read more.

Diggin’ San Diego With Your Dog

In San Diego, it’s a dog’s life when it comes to hiking. Daisy can let loose on the beach or enjoy a quick, natural escape at nearby preserves like Mission Trails Regional Park, where 60 miles of canine-friendly trails spread over 6,800 acres beckon.   Read more.

Meandering the Mendo coast with your dog

While you can drive from one end of Mendocino County to the other in a morning or afternoon (it’s 102 winding miles from Leggett to Gualala on scenic Highway 1) this intoxicating stretch of coastline is best savored at a snail’s pace. Our advice: Hang your hat (and leash) for at least a night in one of the many dog-friendly lodgings situated within sight and sound of the sea.   Read more.

Kayla in Surf City

Photo by Visit Huntington Beach.
DogTrekker.com's Chief Operating Dog, Director of Barketing and Research Lab, Kayla, recently visited Huntington Beach (aka Surf City, USA) and is still barking about it. Surf City is roughly 35 miles south of Los Angeles in beautiful Orange County and is one of the most dog-friendly towns in California.  Read more.

Dog Adventures in Russian River

Russian River Adventures has kicked off its 2015 season of dog-friendly float trips out of Healdsburg in Sonoma County. With plenty of water to navigate the secluded, 8.5-mile stretch from town to Wohler Bridge, the entire family can enjoy the Russian River with Fido serving as first mate. The company’s full-day trip has it all: gentle current, clean swimming holes, a great rope swing   Read more.

Water Fun

When we asked our readers about their favorite places to share with their senior dogs, The Beach was at the top of the list, and luckily we have quite a few in California. A tide table is your friend here — depending on your preferred activity, conditions may be better at high or low tide. Especially if your four-legged geezer is not one for crowd scenes and blazing sunshine, plan your outin  Read more.

Waterfront Dog-friendly Delights in Mission Bay

Hanging out in Mission Bay. (CC) Bhautik Joshi One of the fastest changing parts of the city is Mission Bay, a South-of-Market shoreline neighborhood in the midst of a redevelopment boom. Start this three-mile jaunt at AT&T Park, crossing McCovey Cove on Third Street to reach China Basin Park, a thin strip of green space facing the home of the World Champion San Francisco Giants. On game days  Read more.

Water and More in Lake County

Field of vines in Lake County. (CC) SP8254 The map of Lake County is dominated by Clear Lake, a popular vacation spot with many dog-friendly places to cuddle up for a night or two with your best friend. Water activities are of course a big attraction, but a wine industry has flourished here since the 1850s, and the region that calls itself California’s Undiscovered Wine Country encourages   Read more.

Dog-friendly Lake Tahoe beaches

Photo by Jeremy Perkins.
Summer is in full swing and Lake Tahoe is one of the top DogTrekker destinations. So we want to share some of the places to take your dog for a dip on your next trip to this gem of a lake.  Read more.

Surf Dogs

  Surf’s up in Southern California—and now, during the summer vacation season, you and your pup can get your smiles on watching surf dogs ride the waves all along the coast, including competitions in Huntington Beach, Imperial Beach and Del Mar. If seeing other dogs shred the waves makes you think, “Hey, my dog could do that,” it’s easy to find out, just treat   Read more.

Houseboat Haven

Ruffin' it on lake Shasta. Photo: Houseboats.com If your idea of a truly relaxing vacation is a fresh-air filled week with the family, houseboating could be just the ticket. Whether you choose a bare bones model geared to fisher-folk or a floating palace that can handle a crowd, there are  plenty of dog-friendly houseboat options to choose from.    Read more.

Cozy Canines in Cayucos

Cayucos beach. Photo by Wikimedia.
Strolling the beach at Cayucos If miles of dog-friendly beaches, delicious local cuisine and comfortable accommodations sound like your idea of fun, look no farther than the quaint little town of Cayucos. Located on an often-sunny south-facing beach, Cayucos hosts a variety of events throughout the year, many of which are dog-friendly. For outdoor fun, Cayucos offers up one of the longest stretch  Read more.

Surf’s Up!

Photo by Surf and Sand Lodge.
Win our latest DogCation™ at the Surf & Sand Lodge and you and your pup will get up close and personal with nature in her peak of splendor. The Surf & Sand has front row seats to the all the grandeur of the Mendocino coastline, with its miles of beaches, sweeping dunes and endless trails to tire the most intrepid DogTrekkers.  Read more.

Make a Wake

Hiking isn’t the only way to enjoy autumn in the Redding area. This is a year of extremely low water levels at Shasta Lake (in early September, the lake was at 45 percent capacity), but fishing is nevertheless robust, and it’s great off-season deals are yours for the picking on dog-friendly houseboat vacations. Not up for a big expense? Rent a patio boat or a fishing skiff from Jones   Read more.

Catch a ride on a Canine Cruiser

Photo by Catch A Canoe & Bicycles, Too.
A summertime trip up the Mendocino County coast isn’t complete without a paddle excursion along the beautiful Big River estuary. And now there’s a novel new way for you and your four-legged companions to share the adventure.  Read more.

Just Lake It

The moon is bright, the water calm. An owl hoots, a fish flops. Fido perks his ears. No, you’re not camping: You’re floating through the weekend on a houseboat. Whether you opt for a stripped-down model sleeping six or a floating palace that can handle a crowd, there’s nothing like a waterborne vacation to bring out your inner Huck Finn.  Read more.

Water Safety

Not long ago, we wrote about keeping your dog safe when splashing on the shore or enjoying a swim. We also noted that much as most dogs love the water, many don't; if Katie is telling you loud and clear that she hates getting her feet wet, or Rufus just looks at you strangely when you call him to join you in the water, you might both be happier to find some other activity you can do togethe  Read more.

Rollin’ on a river with your dog

Photo by Elizabeth Krupka.
How many times have you skipped an otherwise great activity because Spot couldn’t come along? Thanks to a handful of savvy Northern California outfitters, you don’t have to invest in your own watercraft to enjoy paddling down a lazy river with your pup at your side.  Read more.

Dip into the blue

Photo by Jeremy Perkins.
Of course you can take your dog swimming in Lake Tahoe! True, dogs aren't welcome everywhere, but that's not to say that canine-friendly splash spots don't exist.  Read more.

Water Hazards and your Dog

Vet Buzz from Bill Barboni, DVM and Chris Pitts, RVT, Marin Pet Hospital, San Rafael, CA Swimming is not for every dog. Some dogs are afraid of water and others, such as greyhounds, have a tendency to sink. That said, there are a ton of water-loving dogs out there who will love to go on hikes that include a swim, or who love to paddle around the family pool.  Read more.

Bark If You Like Houseboating

To look at beautiful, blue Shasta Lake is to want to be on it, and there’s no better way to soak up the scenery than on a houseboat. Seven marinas on California’s largest reservoir maintain fleets of houseboats for rent, and Shasta is considered the houseboating capital of the world.  Read more.

All American River

Zapata at River Bend Park. Photo: Trevino (CC) A paddle trip down the six-mile stretch of the Lower American River between the Sunrise Bridge off Highway 50 and River Bend Park (called by its former name, Goethe Park, on many maps) is a signature summertime experience for residents of and visitors to Sacramento.  Read more.

Bridge Over Rushing Water

When it comes to Northern California hikes that combine scenery, history and wildflowers, not much can trump South Yuba River State Park  near the town of Penn Valley in Nevada County.  Read more.

Surf and Woof

Maya at Nick’s Cove. Photo by Dave Kendrick.
Our suggestion for a February outing with your Valentine and canine sidekick is Point Reyes National Seashore.   Read more.

Dog-friendly Stanford Inn, Mendocino

Photo by Stanford Inn.
One of Mendocino's favorite dog-friendly inns is the Stanford Inn by the Sea. Featured in Oprah Magazine and more than 139 other publications, as well as on TV, this hillside resort overlooking the rugged Mendocino coast was one of the first inns in North America to adopt sustainable practices. On top of that, the “pets welcome” sign has been out for decades!    Read more.

Houseboating Basics

Houseboats at Jones Valley Marina. Photo: Janet Fullwood Houseboat rentals are available on many Northern California lakes and waterways, but—just as with hotels—not all rental companies welcome dogs, and some that do limit canines to just one or two of their oldest, least desirable boats. Before you get your heart set on that deluxe model with a rooftop hot tub, faux fireplace and bi  Read more.

Dawdling in the Delta

The San Joaquin-Sacramento Delta is a boater's paradise that in places feels like another world. Its 1,000 miles of navigable waterways wind through one of the richest agricultural regions in the nation and are easy to get lost in, so navigation skills are a must. Other challenges—like knowledge of tides and currents and being on the alert for low bridges, snags and shallow channels—make house  Read more.

Lake Del Valle: Paradise for water dogs

One of the few places you and your dog can go for a sail. And fish!  You'll want to spend the day, the night, or the weekend at  Del Valle Regional Park, with 5,000 acres, a five-mile-long lake, a full range of activities, and a big welcome mat for canine family members.  Read more.

Russian with Rover

Photo by Russian River Adventures.
With the crowds gone and only a few weeks left before the rainy season sets in, the romantic Russian River region beckons.  Read more.

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