Catch A Canoe & Bicycles Too Rentals at Stanford Inn by the Sea

Catch A Canoe & Bicycles Too

44850 Comptche Ukiah Rd.
Mendocino, California 95460
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Local Phone: (707) 937-5615

Established in 1972, Catch A Canoe & Bicycles Too  provides a wide selection of kayaks, canoes, outrigger, and bicycles for exploring beautiful Big River estuary and beyond. This is the Mendocino coast's only full-service outdoor shop, serving locals and visitors alike.

Located on the grounds of The Stanford Inn by the Sea, a dog-friendly eco-hotel, the business occupies the only privately owned land on the eight-mile Big River estuary. A 7,000 acre tract, now Big River State Park,  was purchased in 2002 through the efforts of numerous state, federal, and nonprofit organizations, as well as thousands of private donors.

Today, the Mendocino Land Trust works in partnership with the California Department of Parks and Recreation to manage and protect this valuable and beautiful area.

Dogs are welcome to ride with their paddling people. For stability, an outrigger canoe is recommended; dogs can sit on the platform atop the canoe or on the floor. A new "canine cruiser" canoe can accommodate up to four dogs on a large, padded platform.

The Big  River flows into the ocean and is brackish, so bring fresh drinking water for you and your dog. Water bowls are provided on request. In general this is a calm river; no whitewater rafting here., dog friendly, mendocino, canoe, paddle, big river, canine cruiser, kayak

Mendocino Headlands State Park - Photo Credit: @meganevaughan
Mendocino Headlands State Park - Photo Credit: @meganevaughan
A mere five minutes from Little River, much-photographed Mendocino Village, with its wealth of lacy Victorians and colorful saltbox cottages, is loaded with places to enjoy with your four-legged friend. Our top pick is Stanford Inn by the Sea, just south of the village across Big River. Once you’ve explored the compact downtown, get your tails over to Mendocino Headlands State Park, which surrounds the town on three sides. more »
Catch a canoe! - Photo Credit: @wilson_in_the_city
Catch a canoe! - Photo Credit: @wilson_in_the_city
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 decade or so ago, it introduced Canine Cruisers to its fleet of handmade redwood outrigger canoes. The dog-friendly craft feature a raised, padded deck centered in the middle of the canoe between paddler positions in bow and stern. more »
Cooper - Photo Credit: @littlecooperbear
Cooper - Photo Credit: @littlecooperbear
The Mendocino Coast is rich in natural attractions, from beaches and redwood forests to vast networks of trails where you and your pup can hike to your hearts' content. And then there are the manmade attractions, from the dog-friendly Skunk Train to specially rigged outrigger canoes at Catch A Canoe in which dogs can ride with their paddling people, to the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardensmore »
Woody's Catch A Canoe Adventure - Photo Credit: @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. Catch A Canoe & Bicycles Too, which has been outfitting paddlers on an 8.3-mile section of the river since 1972, added the cruiser to its fleet of handmade redwood watercraft several years ago. more »
Captain of the canoe! <br/>Photo Credit: @siroliversworld
Captain of the canoe!
Photo Credit: @siroliversworld
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. Among our favorite DogTrekker activities is paddling a languidly flowing, 8.5-mile stretch of the Russian River around the dog-friendly, wine-centric town of Healdsburg in Sonoma Countymore »

Photo: Ben Salter (CC) 
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. more »
River Running With Rover
Photo: AllieKF (CC)
Lakes are great and beaches are peachy, but there’s something special about splashing in a river. has explored quite a few with our furry best friends and want to share our favorites as part of our sand bucket list. more »
Fetch! Photo: Colleen Proppe
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.  more »

River Dog: Photo by Jeff (CC)
Among few of our favorite go-to spots to float with Fido are the gently flowing stretch of the Russian River around Healdsburg. Russian River Adventures rents dog-friendly inflatable canoes for full-day trips where you can enjoy clear, clean swimming holes and a picnic lunch before catching the shuttle back to town; and a bit farther north, in Mendocino County, Catch A Canoe & Bicycles Too offers a different kind of paddling experience—this one in outrigger canoes outfitted with a stable platform where your pups can sit as you explore the Big River estuary. Headed up to Tahoe? A float trip down the Truckee River from Tahoe City to River Ranch Resort is a summer rite of passage. more »
Russian River Adventures
Russian River Adventures
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 you’re your pup at your side. Two of the best: Catch A Canoe & Bicycles Too in Mendocino County has specially designed outrigger canoes that can accommodate pups as well as people. Its new “canine cruiser” features a padded platform where up to four dogs can comfortably reside while exploring the eight-mile Big River estuary. In Healdsburg, Sonoma County, Russian River Adventures takes a blue ribbon for its super-stable SOAR inflatable canoes that let all of you travel comfortably on a dog-friendly section of the Russian River where Buddy is free to join you in a clear and clean swimming hole or romp along the shore.      more »
Kayla the lab and Chuck the conductor prepare to board the Skunk TrainMendocino County is “so close and yet so far away” when it comes to scenery, attitude and ambiance. Whether you play it sophisticated or sniff out the rustic, you’ll have no trouble carving out an itinerary to fit your budget and style. more »
Catch a Canoe
Photo: Catch a Canoe
You won’t find a more eclectic collection of canoes and kayaks than at Catch-A-Canoe, which has been outfitting paddlers on the eight-mile-long Big River estuary near Mendocino since 1972. Well behaved dogs of all makes and models are welcome to ride along and enjoy the scenery in surrounding Big River State Park. more »
Mendocino County
There are many places to chase waves with your pooch along the gorgeous Mendocino coastline. Most enforce a six-foot leash policy, but at Noyo Beach near Fort Bragg, it’s legal to unclip Fido from his noose and watch him romp free. more »
If there's one destination in Northern California that really rolls out the red carpet for your pooch, it's Mendocino County. You'll find dozens of hotels, motels, inns, B&B's and cottages that will welcome you and your pup with open arms, treats and amenities. For more on accommodations, check out the Visit Mendocino lodging page and search "Pet Friendly." In addition to great places to stay, many winery tasting rooms welcome canine companions with water, treats and a place to curl up by the bar.  more »
Lap Up The Scenery
Dana and KaylaMendocino County’s sculpted coastline is so intoxicating you can yappily spend a week without venturing beyond sight or sound of the sea. Settle in at a pet-friendly property such as the Stanford Inn by the Sea or Little River Inn, both of which provide amenities including bowls, towels and sheets for keeping sandy paws off the furniture. Fan out from there to get a feel for what gives this storied slice of the North Coast its almost mythical reputation. more »
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