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The Navarro River Ocean Run from Paul Dimmick State Park to the Navarro Beach
As you paddle down the tidal currents through the Navarro River Redwoods State park in Mendocino County, you will witness one of California’s most breathtaking landscapes as the river cuts through the majestic redwood forest. The park consists of 660 acres of second-growth redwoods in a narrow stretch 11 miles long on both banks of the Navarro River. In the late winter and spring, the park is popular for kayakers, canoeists and anglers.
Depending on the river levels, the Navarro River may only be navigable during wet seasons. Normally, only the tidal section is navigable for boats after early spring. Kayaker’s should stay abreast of the river’s flow and tidal schedules. Online tide prediction sites are abundant. Ideally, you want to paddle upriver with the incoming tide, and return downriver with the outgoing tide, or else you will need to make arrangements for a shuttle service back to the put-in to retrieve your vehicle.
The 8-mile Class I "Ocean Run" from the Paul M. Dimmick Campground put-in to the Navarro Beach take-out, starts out winding through narrow channels with some downed trees, which may create hazards to maneuver around. After floating gently through redwood forests, the inland woodland scenery changes to a coastal beach setting as you near the Pacific Ocean.
The Paul M. Demmick Campground put-in is on Highway 128, six miles east of the junction with State Highway 1. The Paul M. Dimmick Campground is in a second-growth redwood grove located near the river. The facilities include 25 campsites, picnic tables, fire grills, pit toilets, and drinking water. It is prone to flooding during the winter.
You can take-out downriver of the bridge under Highway 1, or continue to paddle to Navarro Beach. The beach take-out is almost a mile past the bridge at the mouth of the river. When you see the parking area, take-out on the beach and hand carry your kayak across the sand to the parking lot. Navarro Beach is located approximately 20 miles south of Noyo Harbor on Highway 1. Parking is free.
Navarro Beach Campground is located at the mouth of the Navarro River on the Pacific Ocean. The access road is on the south side of the Navarro River Bridge. The Navarro Beach Campground is on the beach to the south of the river mouth. Its facilities consist of ten campsites, picnic tables, fire grills and pit toilets, but no shade or drinking water.