There is a hidden gem in plain sight in the Napa Valley: the Napa River. This beautiful body of water encompases over 400 square miles of watershed, and it’s all rich and alive with flora and fauna. From nesting birds to reptiles, mammals and amphibians, it’s a beautiful place to explore the great outdoors. If you love spending time on – or even aside – the water, we think these experiences are made for you.
If you want a more laid-back Napa River experience, check out the Winemaker Cruise on the Wine Yacht. This 50-foot catamaran cruises down the Napa River in style. An onboard restaurant offers a four-course meal prepared by Chef Kadiye of Tarla Grill. As you dine, you’ll enjoy a unique blend of wines hand-picked from local vintagers at AUM Cellars.
The Wine Yacht is a beautiful experience to behold. A glance out the window reveals gorgeous views of the many pastures, hills, and vineyards that scatter the lowlands of the Mayacamas and Vaca Mountain ranges. This special three-hour tour has limited availability and is only available for booking if you have at least six people, but it’s so worth it.
Worried about the weather? Don’t be. The Wine Yacht travels rain or shine. It’s a must for anyone wanting a laid back adventure down Napa River.
Kayaking and Paddleboarding
Maybe you’re the adventurous type and don’t mind getting a little wet. Rent a Kayak or paddleboard from one of the many local boating companies along the Napa River. Take a friend or just enjoy the serenity alone; it’s sublime either way.
Kayaking is a great way to experience the Napa River’s beautiful flora and fauna close up. Explore the wetlands and catch a glimpse of over 400 different bird species of birds. If you’re lucky, you might even get to see the rarer Giant Pacific Salamander or even some of our fantastic native wildlife relaxing along the shore. THIS is the best way to explore the Napa River in all its full glory.
Striped Bass Fishing
Combine relaxation and excitement by trying your hand at Striped Bass fishing in our local water systems. This introduced sport fish is highly-sought-after and just as fisable from shore as it is from a charter boat. It’s also a source of local pride for some of our best competitive fishers (and yes, we have competitions, too).
There’s nothing quite like fishing for large bass. These fish can grow upwards of 80 pounds, putting up hour-long fights. Even the most advanced fishers should come prepared for a battle!
Don’t have much experience? Bringing in one of these monsters is a delight, but it can be difficult for a new angler. If you are not up for the monster bass, you can try your luck at one of the 30 other native fish species.
A Day in Kennedy Park
Not everyone comes to Napa for wine. Maybe you just want a relaxing day with the family! If so, Kennedy Park offers the perfect environment for lazy summer days by and on the water. With two softball fields, two sand volleyball courts, picnic sites, a BMX area and a formal garden, this park is a wonderful place to take the family for a fun day.
Kennedy Park also has a boat launch, making it a great place to push off if you have a canoe or kayak in tow. You can access nearly all of the locally-accessible portions of the Napa River from this one spot.
When you go, be sure to hike the The River Trail. This well-kept 3-mile path runs alongside the Napa River at some of its most beautiful points, giving you a spectacular view of the wetlands. It’s also a great spot for bird-watchers thanks to a small duck pond filled with ducks, geese and other birds.
Ready to book your trip to the Napa Valley? Reach out to Napa Valley Hotel & Suites and find locally-accessible accomodations in a snap. We think you’ll keep coming back for more every single year.