2018 Lower Big River Estuary Tour with a Naturalist

From USD $85.00
  • Duration: 2 Hours (approx.)
  • Product code: WILDLIFE

Big River Estuary lies nestled in the Mendocino Headlands State Park. Tidal for up to 8 miles, beautiful Big River is home to river otters, harbor seals, great blue herons, double crested cormorants, and a wide variety of birds. This informative tour takes place on stable, human powered redwood outrigger canoes which are excellent platforms for binoculars. You will travel upriver about 2 miles. Please note that paddling is required, especially on the return.


Children must be 12 years old and up and pet friendly outriggers can be used. Dogs however can become exited during wildlife encounters, which will scare them away. (not the dog)


This tour is based on Sarah's availability, please inquire with a date or dates, how many people and we will contact you soon.



Custom tour dates available during fall, winter and spring only—specifically from September 6th, 2018 through June 21st, 2017. During the summer you can book the Mendoléa River Tour and often find Sara at the helm. Sara's Lower Estuary Tour is reservable for parties of 1-4. We encourage you to book a tour date ahead of time, although it is possible to reserve a tour with a minimum of 48 hours notice, depending on Sara's schedule.

Stable outrigger canoes of different sizes can be used, depending on the size of your group. The departure time will depend on the tidal conditions and wind velocity, and will be set accordingly.

Wildlife Tours are $85 per person for parties of 2-4. For one individual the cost is $170. Your credit card will be charged after completion of the tour.

Cancellation is allowed up to 1 week prior to departure, after that time the full tour amount will be charged to your card.