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Paddle into Redding

Time Magazine called Redding the “Unofficial Capital of Kayaking” and once you arrive, you’ll see why. With calm lakes and smooth rivers to paddle along, there are plenty of opportunities to commune with nature as you paddle the waterways. With so much sun drenching Redding, a relaxing paddleboard experience along the river is almost always on the agenda. For a bit more adrenaline, try our rapids while whitewater rafting along our rivers. Go fast, or go slow. Be calm, or be thrilled. No matter what you choose, you’re bound to enjoy the best of Redding’s waterways with a paddle in hand.

  • Kayaking
  • Paddleboarding
  • River Rafting
  • Whitewater Rafting

Redding’s Best Kayaking

Whiskeytown Lake, Kutras, the Sacramento River and many more areas welcome kayakers among other water sports, making the region a favorite for visitors armed with a paddle. Headwaters Adventure Co. organizes tours and fishing excursions for kayak enthusiasts. Or check out Just Kayak More, a group of locals who bring their kayaks out to almost any body of water where their vessels float. Further afield, Trinity River offers more boating adventures.


Stand Up Paddleboarding in Redding

Beginners and experts alike can hop on a stand up paddleboard to skim the water in Redding. Action Sports Rental and Headwaters Adventure Co. in Downtown Redding offer the supplies you need to get started, in case you didn’t bring your own boards. Holiday Harbor on Shasta Lake is great for beginners, or try Oak Bottom Marina at Whiskeytown Lake. Paddle under Sundial Bridge or across our glassy lakes to connect with nature like never before.

River Rafting
River Rafting

River Rafting in Redding

Cutting right through town, the Sacramento River is a favorite for anyone looking to dabble in the art of rafting. The best part? It’s in the heart of Redding, so you’ll be able to get there easily and quickly. It’s mostly calm and peaceful, with Class 2 rapid at best, inviting all experience levels to paddle for miles. Family-friendly fun along the river gives visitors the chance to float beneath the famed Sundial Bridge. Companies like North Country Raft Rental await your arrival to set you up with the gear you’ll need, or hook up with River Dancers Rafting & Kayaking to set up an excursion.

Whitewater Rafting
Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater Rafting Around Redding

For a bit more energy and speed, the region invites you to take on its rapids, up to Class 5. That’s as wild as it gets in the rafting world! Bigfoot Rafting or Living Waters Recreation in Mt. Shasta will introduce you to the region’s best. North Country Raft Rental and Trinity River Rafting are two more companies that will help you plan your foray into the rafting world, alongside other favorites like Old Bridge Rafting in Mt. Shasta. Head further afield to rapid options at Willow Creek and the Upper Klamath, where there’s more to do than just fish!

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