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A bike ride across the Sundial Bridge in Redding, Ca
Marcel Siegle
A bike ride across the Sundial Bridge in Redding, Ca
Marcel Siegle

Paddling Around Redding

Redding, CA, Named the Unofficial Kayaking Capital by TIME Magazine, Invites Visitors to Take a Moonlight Paddling Tour at Whiskeytown, Relish a Guided Kayak Fishing Adventure, and Enjoy Stand-Up Paddle Yoga this Spring and Summer 

Amazing Paddling and Challenging Races Are Waiting: Compete in the State’s Only Stand-Up Paddle Race, the California 100 - a one-day, 100-mile paddling race on the Sacramento River

Redding, CA – January 25, 2016 –TIME magazine called Redding the Unofficial Capital of Kayaking for its "weird obsession" with all things paddling. With all the nearby lakes and the Sacramento River flowing through the middle of town, it would be "weird" to not get out and enjoy it all! “Redding is centrally located in the heart of the great outdoors, and the opportunity for recreation is vast and varied,” says Kallie Markle, Communications Coordinator for the Redding Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Redding has so many water resources – from  lakes to rivers – there’s no limit to what you can do with the right paddle, including fishing and yoga.”

Redding is located in the center of the majestic region of northeastern California called Shasta Cascade, which is abundantly scattered with pristine lakes, breathtaking waterfalls, and roaring rivers. Covering an area roughly the size of Ireland, the Shasta Cascade region is the perfect place to get back to nature, relax, and enjoy the great outdoors on the water. Situated at the northern end of the Sacramento River Valley, two hours north of Sacramento and three hours northeast of San Francisco, Redding is Shasta Cascade’s bustling hub city, offering great dining, events, lodging, and entertainment - the perfect starting point for expeditions into one of America’s most spectacular regional destinations. 

The Sacramento River
California’s longest and largest, the Sacramento River is one of the top reasons this area is ideal for water sports and aquatic fun, especially in the way of paddle sports. The mild climate, sweeping vistas, and easy access points combine to make this a wonderful venue for paddling, accommodating all levels of enthusiasts. The Sacramento is considered a ‘well-mannered giant’ and is famously pretty.

There’s something about being close to the water that brings on the calm, letting you take in the fresh air and mountain lakes, with nothing but the sound of the birds as you paddle. It’s no wonder why Redding locals are so ‘weirdly obsessed’ with kayaking! Bring your own or rent from a local outfitter, but don’t miss your opportunity to experience the waters for yourself. Rangers at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area lead fun and informative kayak tours, and Shasta Lake has more inlets to paddle around than most people can get to in an entire summer. Catch some trout right from your kayak along the Sacramento River, or grab some friends to cruise around with the ducks on Kutras Pond. No matter how you like to kayak, Redding offers many opportunities to keep you coming back for more!

Whiskeytown Paddling Tours 
Summer 2016
Moonlight kayak tours are one of the highlights of the summer’s ranger-led activities at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. The dark of night is a unique time to be on the lake, changing your perceptions of the natural world. Whiskeytown Lake also offers daily kayak tours where visitors can hop on a kayak built for two and explore some of the quiet coves around Whiskeytown Lake while you learn more about the park. All are welcome and accommodated: the rangers have a special kayak program for individuals with special needs, including limited mobility, disabilities, developmental issues. Visitors with special needs are paired with an experienced volunteer. Kids can bring an adult with them and join the Junior Ranger tours on Sundays, a great way to discover and learn about the natural wonders of the lake. 

Kayak Fishing 
The kayak has long been a stealth way to approach easily spooked fish, and has gained popularity in recent years due to its appeal as an environmentally friendly and healthy method of transportation. In Redding, Headwaters Adventure Company offers guided fishing trips, but if you already know what you’re doing, stock up at Redding’s The Fly Shop, America’s premiere fly fishing outfitter. The region’s specialties include solid Bass, Kokanee, and Trout populations, inviting a variety of tactics and techniques, and with a year-round fishery available, there’s always an opportunity to hook up. Forbes Magazine ranks Redding as the only West Coast city among the Top 10 fishing destinations in North America.

Stand Up Paddleboards, aka SUP
SUP lately? Redding can’t get enough of it! Drive through town on a sunny day and you’ll see vehicles with paddleboards strapped on top or sticking out the back window. Calm waters, like those found at Whiskeytown Lake or Kutras Pond, are perfect places for novices and for centering yourself with SUP yoga.  More experienced SUPers can cruise along the currents of the Sacramento River, which runs through the center of town, passing under the beautiful Sundial Bridge. Visitors can explore coves and inlets as they SUP Shasta Lake, or take in the unforgettable scenery around Manzanita or Summit lakes in beautiful Lassen Volcanic National Park. Bring your own gear or rent from one of our local enthusiasts - sup to you!

SUP Yoga
On Water Yoga combines the ancient science of yoga with the therapeutic aspects of water and nature to create an experience unlike any other. Group and private classes are held year-round in Redding, where you can bask in the beauty of Whiskeytown Lake, free from the distractions of crowds. Watch the eagles soar, hear the quiet calm, feel the fresh breeze, and connect with your inner, true nature as you let go of worries with a fun, active, yoga practice on the water. Classes start with a short SUP lesson. All levels are welcome, with modifications given to stay dry! Yoga devotees say SUP Yoga is a totally different experience than in the studio. 

California 100
June 10-12, 2016
The California 100 is a one-day, 100-mile paddling race on the Sacramento River produced by Rivers for Change. Beginning under the world famous Sundial Bridge in Redding and finishing near Chico, this round-the-clock event is open to all paddle sport enthusiasts in kayaks, open canoes, surf skis, standup paddleboards, outrigger canoes and prone paddleboards. The race offers Adventure, Team, Relay and Competitor categories. There’s a Mandatory Evening Safety Briefing June 10th, June 11th is Race Day, and the Awards Ceremony, Brunch, and River Cleanup close out June 12th.

Paddle California 
September 29-October 2, 2016
Spend four breathtaking Fall days of paddling and three nights of camping along the Sacramento River with Paddle California. You will be shuttled daily between the riverside and campsites and be joined on the adventure of a lifetime by expert river guides and naturalists. The course passes by the Sundial Bridge, oak woodlands, dramatic lava flows, riparian gallery forests, the valley floor and farmland – all teeming with wildlife and plants showing off their fall colors. Paddle California is an accessible adventure package for all types of paddlers including canoe, kayak, and SUP, plus birders, photographers and teams looking for a group adventure. Bring your own gear or high‐quality rentals are available. This event is brought to you by the Sacramento River Preservation Trust

Other Adventures
Redding is also home to 200+ miles of hiking and biking trails for all abilities. Head out on a day-trip to see the bubbling mud pots and boiling lakes in Lassen Volcanic National Park, or get refreshed by the waterfall at McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park; This 129-foot gusher is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. Also, be sure to find out what fun events are happening— like the Redding Marathon, Kool April Nites, Shasta Lemurian Classic, Shasta Wheelmen Jamboree Rides & Super Century (one of the most challenging in CA!) and the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour & Street Fair. Redding is a perfect vacation destination for "Any Adventure, Any Day!"

Redding is easy to get to by car, train, or air, thanks to daily flights through SFO and its proximity to Interstate 5 and the downtown Amtrak station. Find more information regarding Redding’s exciting adventure all year long for paddling enthusiasts, trail seekers, art lovers, and fans of everything outdoors as well as places to stay and dine in town at 


About Shasta Cascade
Covering an area roughly the size of Ireland, the Shasta Cascade region is the perfect place to get back to nature, relax and enjoy the great outdoors. Comprised of eight rural counties historically known for being part of the pioneer gold rush in the mid-1800s, this majestic region of northern California is abundantly scattered with lakes, rivers, mountains and historic mining towns, and includes Lassen Volcanic National Park, two national monuments, six national forests and seven California state parks offering unforgettable fun and adventure. This area offers boundless outdoor recreation with magnificent landscapes and breathtaking vistas: from towering volcanoes, alpine ranges, and glaciers, to waterfalls, lush forests, pristine lakes, and roaring rivers; this travel destination is one of a kind. Shasta Cascade is easy to get to by auto, air, or Amtrak, and offers an off-the-beaten-path experience where people discover the abundance of nature in one of the few unspoiled areas remaining in California. For more information or to request a visitor’s guide, visit, like our Facebook page, or find us on twitter 

About Redding, CA
Situated at the northern end of the Sacramento River Valley, Redding is the hub city in Shasta Cascade and is located just two hours north of Sacramento and three hours northeast of San Francisco. Boasting 300+ days of beautiful weather a year, Redding offers outdoor adventure and attractions all year long, along with great wine, food, sporting and cultural events, dining, lodging and entertainment. The great Sacramento River runs through the center of town, helping earn Redding the fame of being America’s “Unofficial Capital of Kayaking” according to Time Magazine. Nearby scenic lakes, rivers, state and national parks, including Shasta Lake, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area and Lassen Volcanic National Park, make Redding a fantastic base-camp for exploration in Shasta Cascade, offering Any Adventure, Any Day. Redding is conveniently located at the crossroads of I-5 and California state routes 299 and 44, and is accessible by daily flights from San Francisco. For more information or to order a visitor’s guide, visit, like our Facebook page or find us on twitter at

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