Kayak Down the Rapids of the Eel River 🛶


When the first sight of Spring hits and the sun is out over Humboldt County people can’t wait to have an outdoor adventure. Two of our Gyppo Ale Mill employees set forth to kayak down the Eel river.

The Eel River is Californias third largest watershed! It is protected from dams by State (1971) and Federal (1982) agencies because of it’s Wild and Scenic River designation. With three forks in the Eel, it contains several river types - high mountain pine forests, flowing through steep canyons and coastal redwood forests that empt into the Pacific. 

The two adventurous women started their journey at Toobey Park and let out in Phillipsville near the entrance to the Avenue of the Giants. This time of year, the water is high and swift so it’s not a trip for the inexperienced paddler but the perfect time to capitalize on an early Spring day. With water rushing and moving at a good pace the girls steered the kayak around the trees and bushes in the middle of the river all while looking at the beauty of the Redwood Forest. They passed fly fishermen and other boat cruisers seizing this beautiful day in Humboldt County. They made sure their packs were stocked with water, snacks and our favorite Gyppo Ale Mill beer.  The girls took a break at Redway Beach and cracked open a Blood Orange Wheat growler of craft beer.

Continuing their journey they hit two set of rapids that threw them for a thrill and adrenaline rush. It was a moment they will never forget. Pulling up to Phillipsville the girls were stoked on their 3 hour kayak trip down the Eel River. This is a highly recommended adventure to see the Redwoods as you kayak down the river in Humboldt County.