River Kayak Tour Packages

As you know, I have been kayaking and photographing on a stretch of the American River in Sacramento, CA for over eight years. Now I want to share it with you.

Join me in my tandem kayak as I take you on a tour of my favorite stretch of the river. I have been kayaking and photographing on this section of the river for over 8 years and know where to find the wildlife.

This 1 ½- 2 ½  hour tour will get you up close and personal with the wildlife of the American River. I frequently photograph beaver, otters, deer, coyote, egrets, herons, geese, ducks and more. No kayak experience needed. I do all the work!  All you need to do is sit back and take pictures.  I will do all the paddling. You don’t even have to get your feet wet. I will launch you and retrieve you back to shore without you needing to get wet. Life jacket and paddle (if you do want to try paddling) and dry bag will be provided. All you need to do is dress appropriately for the weather. I recommend a telephoto lens in the 100-400 or up to 600mm range. Optional would be a second camera with a wide angle zoom for scenery images. 

There are two packages available. The first is the kayak tour only,  and costs $225: includes kayak, life jacket, dry bag, and my expert guidance on the river and help with your photography.

The second, Iincludes me doing a Zoom session with you following the tour (either the same day or at a future date) we will be able to review your images with tips on how to improve composition, exposure, etc and even go into processing techniques that I use to optimize my images. The package with the River Kayak Tour and the two hour Zoom screen share editing and review session with me, costs $425.

Use the links below to pay for your option.




Physical requirements: The participant must be capable of walking 1 mile of uneven terrain including rocky shoreline. The particapnt must be able to get in and out of an open cockpit kayak and be able to get from a sitting to a standing position.

Participants must also sign the registration, safety rules and liablity forms found here.

We will meet at my house in Sacramento for the tour. I recommend sunrise tours because the light is best then and the animals seem more active, but we can work according to your schedule.

You can either call me 916-799-8565 or email me at lewis@lewiskemper to discuss the possibilities.

For out of town guests I can recommend lodging, etc. to make your experience the best. If you want to make a weekend out of it, just book two consecutive days. If you want more than 2 days, call me and we can discuss scheduling and a reduced fee structure.

Until further notice, proof of vaccination or negative COVID test taken within 48 hours reguired.

Step 1. Book Your Time

I am taking reservations through April 2022. You can use the booking calendar below to see available dates and to book your times as well. Don't worry about specific times, once you book your date we will talk and go over all the details. Clicking on any of the available times on a date will block the day, but the tour will last between 1 1/2 -  2 /12 hours depending on your preference, light and what we are seeing.



Step 2. Choose and pay for your option

Choose your option:

Kayak Photo Tour only

Kayak Tour and the two hour Zoom Session



"Lewis' American River kayak trip is well worth the time and money. He patiently puts you in the best spots for pictures and knows the river so well!  He also seems to know, and in some cases, have a relationship with the animals and birds that are encountered!  
After so many years working the same stretch of river he can time the flight and action of the many birds and animals that you are sure to see.  It is also very informative as you get one on one discussion about the light, camera settings and situational photography.
It is time very well spent!"

Warren T.

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"The kayak trip on the American River with Lewis Kemper is a fabulous experience. Lewis knows just where to find the wildlife. We had a fun day and with his guidance I got some very nice shots, shots I would not have gotten from the river bank."
Lane W.



"I can't say enough good things about Lewis Kemper's kayak tour on the American River.  It was an exciting and unique experience!  Lewis made it easy--from paddling the kayak, pointing out the wildlife, and positioning us perfectly to capture the best shots.  With his patience and guidance, I was able to take some incredible bird photos along with beautiful scenery shots.  I highly recommend this tour! "

Sally C

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"I recently did a kayak photo tour with very knowledgeable Lewis Kemper. What an amazing experience it was! The entire trip was exceptionally well organized. Louis made my first kayak tour very pleasant and more than met my expectations. I am looking forward to another tour with Lewis Kemper soon."

Hiresha S.






LEWIS KEMPER is widely recognized as a photographer, writer, and instructor, lecturing throughout the United States. To learn more, click here.



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