Rise with the sun to see a vast expanse of sky and the sparkle of autumn leaves reflected on the water. Glide past forested banks bursting with vibrant shades of fall foliage, laced with leaves changing to brilliant golden hues.
Now that autumn is approaching, it’s time to consider taking a kayak excursion to enjoy some of the best fall foliage viewing destinations in California.
Kayaking in California is a very pleasurable experience in the fall. The changing colors contrast dramatically against the dense evergreens, creating a breathtaking sight to behold. From the Sierras to the Lake Tahoe region exploding with color from its golden aspens, peaking in early October, kayaking in the fall in California is a feast for the senses for people who love four seasons.
Like a sparkling sapphire jewel, Bass Lake decorates the countryside and complements the brilliant fall colors. This is one of the best places to watch nature’s fall fireworks. While paddling around Bass Lake, feast your eyes on all the amazing trees ablaze with color.
Set against the backdrop of the Plumas National Forest, Bucks Lake in the Shasta Cascade region of Northern California is a favorite destination for fall kayaking. Explore the lake by kayak to see the bald eagles, osprey and Canada geese that make their home at Bucks Lake.
Late October is an ideal time to enjoy kayaking in the crisp weather, tranquil setting, and vibrant patchwork of California’s fall colors. Vivid leaves of burnt sienna, and golden yellow that herald the changing of the seasons become a blaze of colorful contrast against a backdrop of towering pines.
The views are spectacular any time of year, but fall provides one of the best visual displays of all. As the leaves change their appearance with the seasons the result is a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors for those willing to kayak during the fall. As early as September, the red maples and yellow cottonwoods begin to paint the landscape. Paddling in the fall, you’ll also see the Cottonwoods and Aspen changing color as temperatures begin to plummet.
Kayaking in California is not limited to summer months, and many areas offer paddling opportunities that provide the beauty of fall colors. Unfortunately, those colors aren’t around for very long in California.
Northern California is a wonderland of lakes and natural beauty, inviting those who are looking for a place to embark on some truly remarkable autumn kayaking adventures. Check out the changing of the leaves at Lake Tahoe, with breathtaking mountain views and deep blue skies dotted with fluffy white clouds. Lake Tahoe may easily offer some of t
he most breathtaking fall views in the entire state of California. Kayak here late in October to take in the fall colors in the cool autumn sunshine.
For fall foliage vistas that almost rival the New England states, head east from Sacramento up to California’s Gold Country. This region boasts some of the most spectacular fall foliage on the West Coast, where the brilliant red and yellow leaves of black oaks offer one of a kind panoramas while kayaking.
Just west of San Rafael, you will find Tomales Bay, where nature blends beautiful golds with the greens of firs and redwoods. It’s a perfect autumn paddling trip near the San Francisco Bay area, and is rarely crowded.
Mammoth Lakes cottonwoods, aspens, and alders are a sight to behold in October. Kayaking here in the fall, you will be rewarded with some of the best in fall foliage that California has to offer.