The captivating photos and photos were photographed by Lyrinda Snyderman.
Lyrinda Snyderman began kayaking in 1954 when her
uncle sat her in his FolBot on Squibnocket Pond in
Chilmark, Massachusetts. In 1971, she bought her
first kayak, a two-seater folding Klepper Aerius.
Since then Lyrinda has paddled rivers, lakes and
ponds, bays and seacoasts, primarily in New England
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Nestled in dense woodlands along the
Mendocino Coast, the Albion River is the essence of
creativity and change as it empties into the Pacific
Ocean near the town of Albion, California.
The river's overall direction is east to west, but
it travels notably in the north-south direction as
well. The Albion River lies about six miles south of
Mendocino. The river's furthest inland point is 15
miles from the coast. The tidal flow of the Pacific
extends five miles upriver and creates a large
estuary at the mouth of the river. You can paddle
about five miles upriver, until the river narrows
and loses itself in a thick growth of vegetation.
The farther you paddle, the more you seem to be
enfolded by the forest’s close embrace, contained
within it as if in some sort of magical haven.
River is home to .Steelhead fishing
during the months when fishing is
allowed. Barbless hooks must be used;
catch-and-release rules apply much of
The spring or fall is the preferred time of year to
paddle, as wind can be a factor in the summer.
While barrier beaches block many of the rivers along
the northern California coast from reaching the
ocean for much of the year, the mouth of the Albion
remains open. As a
result, the river current is
affected by the daily ebb and flow of the ocean
tides. With good timing, the tidal push provides an
upstream-flow that provides an easy paddling
experience if you catch the tide just right. Try and
time your upstream paddle with the rising tide and
your return paddle with the slack or ebbing tide.
a two hour paddle before you cannot paddle any
further and need to turn around. The lower stretch
of the river provides protected ocean access for
small-craft vessels. The mouth of the Albion River
contains submerged rock hazards. Both sides of the
river mouth are lined with sea caves and beaches,
some just wide enough for a few kayaks to pull
FWith the gateway
to the redwoods on one side and the
coast on the other, the Albion River is
an extraordinary paddling destination
with miles of
incredible scenery and
peaceful water to explore.
You can put-in at the Albion River Campground, in
Albion, Mendocino County, located on the ocean side
of Coast Highway 1, six miles south of
the historic village of Mendocino.