Learn about threats facing rivers by canoe or learn how to navigate rivers from a canoe.

Experience Rivers in a Canoe

Want to explore the magic of rivers from a boat? Learn about threats facing rivers by canoe or learn how to navigate rivers from a canoe! Canoes have connected people to rivers for thousands of years — and still do! Join us for adventures that range from exploring a little piece of California by boat to learning the techniques necessary to take you to the next level.

Advocacy Outings

Experience an opportunity to explore issues facing California’s rivers by visiting significant sites by canoe. No experience needed! A short skills class will be taught at the beginning of the trip by trained instructors. Equipment will be provided.

  • $10/person (FOR members)
  • $35/person (non-members or expired members)

Click on the date to sign up for the class. 

Salmon Viewing Paddle

November 18

Speaker Rob Titus, California Department of Fish and Wildlife 

Cosumnes River Preserve

Join us to learn more about issues facing the Delta and the rivers that flow into it.

October 15 – Dan

Lower American River

Learn about restoration and conservation work happening on the river along with how it is being managed today.


  • June 11 – Peter Buck, Director of Natural Resources, SAFCA
  • July 8 – Mary MaretNatural Resource Specialist, Sacramento County Parks 
Canoe Skills Classes

Want to take your knowledge to the next level? Experienced trainers teach you the skills you need to efficiently and safely maneuver canoe in flatwater and whitewater. The classes follow the American Red Cross curriculum.

  • Flatwater Fundamentals
    Flatwater beginner class good for someone new to canoeing or wanting to add finesse to their basic skills. The class is held at Arden Pool on Friday night and Lake Natomas (near Folsom, CA) on Saturday and Sunday.
  • $75/person May 19-21 | July 21-23
  • Sample schedule: Fri @ 6-9 pm and Sat & Sun @ 9:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Basic River Canoeing
    Already have solid flatwater fundamentals? This class teaches you how to apply those skills—along with new ones—to moving water up to Class II. Must be 14 years or older to participate. Offered when 4+ students show interest!