n the far northern reaches of California, the Yurok Tribe has called the wild Klamath River home for centuries. Located near the Redwood National and State Parks, a world heritage site, the region is home to some of the last remaining old-growth redwoods on the planet. The largest federally recognized tribe in California, the Yurok invite the public to step back in time and experience their ancient traditions with Yurok Canoe Tours. Each boat, or ol-we-yoch in the Yurok language, is built with a heart, lungs, and kidneys; the Yurok regard each canoe as a living spirit. Stepping into the redwood canoes, used for hunting, fishing, and ceremonies for centuries, the Yurok guides will take you back in time, where the only sounds are the chatter of wildlife and the wooden paddles breaking the glassy water.
While plans to debut the tours in the summer of 2020 were postponed due to COVID-19, the tribe hopes to offer the unique eco-tourism experience in 2021. Tours will begin at the Yurok Visitor Center, where each guest will be briefed on safety and outfi tted with life jackets.
Tickets for a two-hour guided tour start at $100. / redwoodyurokcanoetours.com
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