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.

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

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

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. Catch A Canoe & Bicycles Too, which shares ground with the extremely dog-friendly Stanford Inn by the Sea, has been putting paddlers on the 8.3-mile estuary since 1972. A  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.

Stay in Surf City – Explore the OC

Huntington Beach is a “pawesome” place to visit with your pooch, but it’s also the gateway to hundreds of other adventures throughout Orange County. Of course, if you choose to get a dog sitter for the day, Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm and Angels Stadium are nearby. Want to stay on the coast? We get it: you love the beach. So if you want to hit the road but still play alo  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.

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