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Central Valley Kayaking

Central Valley Kayaking Overview

Central Valley

Central Valley kayak rentals, canoe rentals and (SUP) stand-up paddleboard rentals are available at several local lakes. Many kayak rental shops also offer kayak tours and kayak lessons to learn how to kayak. We've found the perfect places to kayak in the Central Valley. These water sports are easy, fun and require little experience, making them the perfect summertime activity. Rent a canoe and cruise the shores of Lake Natoma. Kayak the marshes of Bethel Island in Frank's Tract on the California Delta.

See our Whitewater Rafting pages for information on whitewater kayaking.

Sacramento

Lake Natoma is located east of Sacramento off Highway 50. Situated below the Folsom Lake spillway is Lake Natoma and the Sacramento State Aquatic Center. Natoma is a recreation and learning facility operated by Cal State University Sacramento. The lake is open to public use and to CSUS students, staff and alumni for a discount. Natoma features a beach area, picnic tables, barbecues, several docks and classrooms. The Sacramento Aquatic Center offers classes in boating that includes sailing, windsurfing, rowing, water-ski, wake board and jet ski. Boat rentals include sailboat, windsurf board, water bike, paddle boat, stand-up-paddleboard (SUP), canoe and kayak including double kayak rentals.

Lake Natoma
Sacramento State Aquatic Center
1901 Hazel Avenue
Gold River, California 95670
(916) 278-2842

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Folsom Lake is located east of Sacramento between Interstate 80 and Highway 50. Folsom offers a 12-mile long lake with activities like boating, fishing, swimming, skiing, camping, picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and wildlife viewing. Amenities include campgrounds, picnic areas and a marina. Boat rentals are available at several concessions and include fishing boat, jet ski, pontoon boats, sailboats, canoe, kayak and more. Fish species include trout, catfish, large and smallmouth bass, blue gill, salmon, kokanee and sturgeon. Boat-in campsites are available.

Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
7755 Folsom-Auburn Road
Folsom, CA 95630
(916) 988-0205
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Jamestown

Lake Tulloch is located east of Oakdale off Highways 120 & 108. Tulluch offers an 8-mile long and narrow lake with activities like boating, fishing, swimming, water-skiing, camping, picnicking, hiking, hunting and wildlife viewing. Amenities include cabins, campgrounds, picnic areas, general store, restaurant, laundry room and a marina. Boat rentals include fishing boat, pontoon boats, ski boats, kayak, paddle boat, Sea-Doo, Jet Ski and more. Fish species include rainbow trout, red-ear sunfish, large mouth bass, channel catfish, and blue gill.

Lake Tulloch
14448 Tulloch Road
Jamestown, CA 95327
(209) 881-0107
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Stockton

Sugar Barge RV Resort & Marina is located east of Antioch off Highway 4. Situated on Bethel Island in Franks Tract State Recreation Area, the Sugar Barge Marina offers boat rentals pontoon boats, jet ski, fishing boat, kayak, paddle boats and more for exploring the California Delta. The Franks Tract region is popular with fly fishermen.

Sugar Barge RV Resort & Marina
1440 Sugar Barge Road
Bethel Island, CA 94511
(925) 684-9075

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