Big River, Mendocino

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The Big River is a 41.7mi river in Mendocino County, California, draining an area of about. The Big River watershed borders the watersheds of the Noyo River to the north, the Eel River and Russian River to the east, and the Little River, Albion River, and Navarro River to the south.The river's headwaters are thirty miles inland from the Pacific Ocean in the Mendocino Range, part of the California Coast Range. The headwater area of the river is fed by Montgomery Creek as it flows through the upland riparian habitat and virgin redwoods of Montgomery Woods State Reserve. From there, the river flows roughly west through Jackson Demonstration State Forest. The lower portions of the river pass through Mendocino Woodlands State Park and the Big River Unit of Mendocino Headlands State Park before reaching the mouth of the river at the Pacific Ocean just south of the town of Mendocino.
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  • We rented canoes and had a great 9 mile row. We were the first ones on the river due to us going before hi tide but still made the total journey averaging about 3.5 mph. Very peaceful, quiet and conne...  more »
  • Right down from the town of Mendocino, sits Big River Beach. Named for a very big river (!) that feeds into the Pacific Ocean, there's fresh and salt water activity for all. Kayaking, canoeing, surfin...  more »
  • Great hiking trail (old haul road) along the northern edge of this beautiful river. Several miles upriver, the river narrows and there are some swimming holes. Lovely place for a long walk  more »
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