There are many great kayaking web sites that provide information about rivers and equipment, chat boards for discussion, and a plethora of pictures. Most of the information on this site, as far as run descriptions and trip logistics are concerned, is also applicable to kayakers. But if you can’t find what you’re looking for here, check out some websites targeted specifically at kayakers.
The best kayaking sites in California are Boof and California CAcreeks‘. The Boof site specializes in the rivers of the Sierra Nevada and has a well-used chat board, tons of pictures, and links for gear. California CAcreeks‘ has mile by mile descriptions of over 150 different whitewater runs in the state. The sheer number and quality of pictures makes this an invaluable resource for boaters.
There are numerous smaller groups of kayakers that keep up-to-date web sites with information about their trips. Kev’s Mom is a wacky site that has some good information about kayaking including pictures, stories, and a discussion board. Another classic site with a similar feel is CA-Chunk.
There are several great web sites with information about the sport of kayaking in general. Among the best is Wetdawg Kayaking which has a great chat board as well as many pictures and stories. The greatest part about Wetdawg is the up to date kayaking news and gear reviews. The other classic site is Boater Talk which has an amazing following of paddlers that discuss the sport of kayaking.
Both beginning and advanced kayakers that need kayak instruction should check out Current Adventures which offers beginning classes on the American River as well as advanced classes around the world. River Dancers also runs great kayak instruction courses on several rivers in California.
In addition, many kayakers have posted great kayaking information on the web. Among the best of these pages are Craig’s Wildwater Pages which includes a variety of information about rivers and geology.
If you are a woman looking to learn how to kayak, check out Anna Levesque’s, Girls at Play, a great program run by women, taught by women, for women. She also makes excellent instructional kayaking videos. Anna’s Kayaking trips are run through Esprit Rafting Worldwide, a company based in Canada that runs trips all over the world.
Since 1993, Sea Kayak Adventures has operated sea kayak tours to the premier whale watching destinations, sea kayaking in Baja, Mexico during the winter and kayaking British Columbia, Canada during the summer months. Their camping and lodge-based sea kayaking trips feature close encounters with wildlife, extraordinary wilderness areas and incredible cuisine. No prior experience is necessary and they provide all the equipment needed.
UCLA Outdoor offers guided trips to the Channel Islands and along the Pacific Coast near Malibu and Newport as well as sea kayaking lessons at the Marina Aquatics Center to UCLA students and the surrounding community.
Disclaimer: River descriptions and classifications may change due to natural events that may create new hazards or flows. C-W-R advises that any paddler that uses this site be additionally informed by seeking out local news and updates for changes on this river.