Located 50 minutes north of Eureka and 45 minutes south of Crescent City, Orick serves as a gateway to Humboldt Lagoons State Park and the rivers of Redwood National and State Parks. When conditions are right, it is hard to decide which body of water to paddle. With a driving time of five minutes to one hour, you can reach three picturesque lagoons, several great surf beaches, the open ocean, protected harbors, mellow river runs and unbelievable whitewater.
For those interested in kayaking, Kayak Zak’s, based in Orick, offers affordable and exciting rentals, tours and instruction. Kayaking is a wonderful sport because it allows anyone the chance to have fun on water. In a kayak paddlers can use all muscle groups without the threat of high-impact activity. Paddlers can take it easy or make it as aerobic and adrenaline-filled as they want. Kayak Zak’s staff is specially trained and experienced to take anyone kayaking. They also offer Adaptive Paddling, which involves adapting kayaks, paddles, gear and techniques for persons with disabilities, sports injuries, pre-existing conditions, or joint pain.