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Explore the Smith River by kayak or raft.

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Adult Raft, Kayak, or Tandem Kayak
Child Raft or Kayak
Adult + Child Tandem Kayak
Adult Raft, Kayak, or Tandem Kayak
Child Raft or Kayak
Adult + Child Tandem Kayak


This incredibly scenic, easy float is perfect for everyone! Families, couples, friends, first-time kayakers, school groups and old-timers will all love floating through the redwoods and marveling at their full 300+-foot grandeur, while gliding across the sparkling water of the Smith, one of the world’s cleanest rivers.

Choose a half-day float and leave at the morning or afternoon departure times, or spend the whole day on the river for the full-day float leaving at the morning departure time! River rafting the Wild and Scenic Smith River of northern California is a great way to spend a day on the water and in the redwoods!



#1 – The upper section float (9 a.m. 10 a.m) shows paddlers the high-walled gorge of the Middle Fork Smith before its confluence with the South Fork Smith, where the mainstem Smith starts and later transitions to old-growth redwood forest and a half-mile side hike to Stout Grove, the world’s most scenic redwood grove. Put-in is Forks River Access and Boat Ramp and take-out is Society Hole, making 3.5 river miles. This is a class I to II river section with some small rapids.

#2 – The lower section float (1:30 PM) includes sections that feel more remote and a few class I to II rapids while still passing by ancient redwoods. For those up for a small challenge we will visit some beautiful and less-frequented redwood groves. Put-in Society Hole, take-out Ruby Van Deventer County Park for roughly 5 river miles.

To see both sections and enjoy a catered riverside picnic lunch, book a full-day trip!



9:30 a.m. departure: Spend an entire day paddling through old-growth redwoods in Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park, which includes some of the largest trees in the world and some of the most scenic parts of Redwood National Park.

The full-day tour starts on the Middle Fork Smith and quickly enters a high-walled gorge before meeting the confluence with the South Fork Smith, doubling the river in size. Meandering down the first mile of the river, you pass a covered bridge and watch the forest slowly transition from rocky serpentine soils to old-growth redwoods. Breaking from paddling, we take a fantastic half-mile side-hike to Stout Grove, dubbed “the world’s most scenic stand of redwoods.”

Below the grove, more scenic redwood paddling takes kayakers past Jed Smith campground, the halfway point of our trip. We’ll relax on a sunny beach and enjoy our organic picnic lunch. Then we’ll paddle into forested seclusion to finish off the day with some whitewater on a fun stretch of beautiful pools and small rapids.
Put-in Forks River Access and Boat Ramp, take-out Ruby Van Deventer County Park for roughly 8.5 river miles.