Photo Credit Sam Mills
The Navarro River Ocean Run from Paul Dimmick State Park to the Navarro Beach
Along with the peaceful serenity that paddling affords, its silence creates an unobtrusive approach for viewing wildlife in their natural surroundings. While winding through the towering redwoods, scan the riverbank for elusive mammals like black-tailed deer, gray foxes or bobcats. Careful observers will see wildlife hiding in the shadows within the deep forest. As the setting sun cuts through the trees in a blaze of light, overhead, flocks of river-oriented birds such as the belted kingfisher, set their wings and glide down for a night's rest.
The afternoon breeze has begun to ripple the water and gently stir the leaves. Here in a cathedral of towering redwood trees, the nurturing embrace of the river’s gentle flowing waters can be enjoyed by kayakers of varied levels. Lengthening shadows inform you that light is fading. The warm, waning rays of sunlight soften into muted gold as they fade into the horizon. It's that magic time when the day merges into to the evening.
After a day of paddling, the departed sun casts a warm glow over the sky and river surface, as dusk sets in. In this idyllic scene, on a warm spring day, consider both the wonders of nature and the many caring people who work to maintain its splendor.
Paddling down this peaceful haven not only offers a grand panorama of the surrounding country, but one of those rare paddles when silence is truly golden. Those who have experienced paddling down this magical river count it among their most cherished memories.
USE CAUTION WHEN PADDLING ON A RIVER:
As fun and exciting as it may be to kayak on a river, don’t forget that paddling on a river entails an amount of risk due to the elements of nature. Rivers have different behaviors throughout the year. River flows can be impacted by runoff from storms, snow melt and by the daily ebb and flow of the ocean tides. What once was flat water can quickly become Class I to Class III rapids after a recent storm, which is best left to paddlers who have the skills to maneuver around rocks, and strainers and who know how to read water. The drought in California has also affected the water level on many rivers in California. Paddlers should stay up-to-date on the conditions that affect paddling a river, such as river height and discharge, tidal schedules, river flows and current weather activity. Call before departing for current water level conditions. When paddling on a river, always go with two people who are familiar with the river. Why two? In case something happens to one of them, you won’t be left paddling down a river alone.