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.
Let’s get out there and enjoy the fresh air with our furry best friends! Exploring the great outdoors is an amazing experience that both people and pups love, and having … Continued Read more.
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.
Embrace the charm of coastal Mendocino: a pawsitively perfect spring coastal getaway with your dog
Embark on a delightful spring coastal getaway in the enchanting town of Mendocino, where you and your four-legged friend will be swept away by the breathtaking landscapes, rich history, and … Continued Read more.
Best dog-friendly lakes in California
Looking for a great place to take your furry friend for a swim? Look no further! California is home to many beautiful lakes that are perfect for dogs. Read more.
Action packed fun: Play like a local in Bass Lake, CA (video)
"Play Like A Local" all seasons on beautiful Bass Lake. Check out how the locals do it. Boat it, hike it or bike it, there are so many ways to enjoy Bass Lake. Read more.
Dog days of summer (video)
The adventures of our friends Lily and Chloe rafting on the Russian River. Read more.
Paddleboard with your dog at Bass Lake (video)
Bass Lake in Madera County, 35 miles from the front gate of Yosemite, is a great place to paddleboard with your dog. Play like a local at Bass Lake! Read more.
Water Dog Sea Cave & River Dog Packages
Your dog deserves a vacation too! The Little River Inn is rolling out the red carpet for dog-lovers and their four-legged companions with their dog kayaking packages. 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.
Surf & Sand Lodge, a soundtrack of crashing waves
The Beachcomber’s neighbor, Surf & Sand Lodge, promises laid-back luxury set to a soundtrack of crashing waves. The property offers accommodations with fireplaces, private balconies, Pacific views and plenty of room to stretch your legs. Like all Beachcomber Hotel Group properties, Surf & Sand Lodge has earned the California Hotel & Lodging Association’s Clean + Safe certi 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.
Don’t pass on Pasadena with your dog
If you can just get off of those L.A. freeways (and you can!) a great place to gulp some fresh air and take in some flowy eye candy is Eaton Canyon Falls just outside Pasadena. 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.
Paddle with your pup in Mendocino County
Photo by Catch A Canoe & Bicycles, Too.
Coastal Mendocino County is stitched to rivers and ocean, but visitors aren’t restricted to just looking at the water. It’s also possible to get out on it—with your dog. Read more.
If it’s summer, it’s splash time with your dog!
Thousands of splash spots in California await people and pups eager to get wet in the great outdoors. Read more.