Join Us for a Moonlit Flotilla on the Gualala River!

Moonlit Flotilla

Experience the magic of a moonlit adventure on the Gualala River! Join us for the first of many moonlit flotillas to come.

Our Line of Boats

Tandem Kayak

Tandem Kayak

All of our tandems accommodate 2 adults while some models are able to take an additional small child on a snap-in kiddie seat between the two...

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Single Kayak

Single Kayak

All of our Wilderness Systems kayaks are comfortable and stable, with open cockpits to fit all sizes of paddlers from kids to large or tall...

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Embark on aquatic adventures with our 16′ Mad River Canoe! 2 paddling seats, room for 2+ passengers, comfy cushions – ideal for...

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About us

River Bend Kayaks

At River Bend Kayaks, we’re passionate about bringing the natural beauty and excitement of the Gualala River to life for you. Join us for unforgettable kayaking adventures amidst serene waters and lush landscapes.

  • Scenic Views
  • Family Friendly
  • Affordable Rates
  • Beginner Friendly
  • Dog Friendly
  • Wildlife Encounters
  • Moonlight Tours
``Where The Waters Meet``

The Gualala River

Gualala River
The 2 Micro-climates
The Redwood Forest
The Sand Dunes
Discover the Gualala River: a serene sanctuary of redwoods and wildlife, where history and nature blend for unforgettable adventures.
Explore the Gualala River’s unique microclimates: from ocean mists to redwood shade, each turn offers a distinct nature experience.
Witness the history and recovery of the redwood forests along the Gualala River. A testament to nature’s resilience and our conservation efforts.
Embark on a vibrant journey along the Gualala River, where wildflowers bloom in dazzling arrays. From azaleas to violas, discover nature’s palette.
Discover the serene dunes where the Gualala River meets the Pacific. Wildflowers adorn these sandy landscapes, blending silence with vibrant color.

The River
Sand Dunes
Location: Mill Bend Rd, Gualala, CA 95445
  • From North of Gualala:
    • Drive through Gualala on Highway 1.
    • Continue ~1/4 mile past town end.
    • Before the highway bridge, turn right onto a dirt road.
    • If you cross the river, you’ve gone too far.
  • From South of Gualala or Sea Ranch:
    • Head north on Highway 1 towards Gualala.
    • After crossing the river bridge, take the first left onto a dirt road.
  • Parking:
    • Follow the road to the parking area.
    • Park and walk around the corner to the kayak stand.

Customer Reviews

Had an amazing time kayaking. The water is clean and steady. The service is amazing. We were given detailed instructions and treated very nicely. The guide is super knowledgeable and a true nature person. They provide detailed guidance to those who may be new to this. Highly recommended.

Robert K.

Very friendly & helpful staff. The location is great too – just a couple minutes from the town. They even have dog friendly kayaks! The river & scenery are stunning- highly recommend

Jefferey B.

Nice gentle river to learn kayaking. Very enjoyable and unforgettable. The hosts were willing to share their knowledge of the area. The hosts were also personable, and we felt like we made new friends.

Heather G.

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