Fundamentals class, basic river class & free community paddles

Experience Rivers in a Canoe

Want to explore the magic of rivers from a boat? Canoes have connected people to rivers for thousands of years—and still do! Join us for adventures in canoes that range from exploring a little piece of California by boat to learning the techniques necessary to take you to the next level of adventure.


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 usually held at Lake Natomas (near Folsom, CA).  Join us the next day for a Recreational Paddle to practice your new skills.

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  • Recreational Paddles
    Already know how to canoe? Want to meet folks who care about rivers and love canoeing? Join us for a recreational paddle held at different locations listed below. Participants are invited to bring their own boats and invite friends. Participants from other FOR canoe events are welcome to use equipment (fee required).

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  • Basic River Canoeing–Cancelled: Please join us instead for Paddle to the Capital!
    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.

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$60/person  August 13–cancelled | 8:30 am-4:30 pm  

  • Intro to Solo River Canoeing
    This course is great for an experience canoeist who want to challenge themselves in moving water—solo! Previous experience required. Instructors screen participants for readiness. Please contact Toby Briggs to connect with Instructor (

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  • $65/person June 26 8:30 am-4:30 pm

Environmental Outings
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 provided.