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Salmon, Steelhead, Trout! Very close to River. Wood Stove, Hot Tub, Fire Pit

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,400 sq ft
Property type cabin


About the property

Cabin, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (priced for 6)

We have special rates for 3 or more nights and stays close to the current date. Contact us, Heidi & Steph, by either clicking on the right for our phone number or sending us an email (that link's on the right as well). We also offer a dandy extended stay rate for traveling medical professionals and others who need a home away from home, and we have a couple's rate when only one bedroom is used. Please note the "Average nightly rate" you see is set by VRBO and it is not accurate. Our posted rates are.

Just some of the reasons you'll love Sow's Ear: Great fishing access, hot tub overlooking the Trinity River, end of the road quiet. Fantastic covered porch with nice seating, a bit of river view, room to dry waders and gear and maybe enjoy a glass of wine. Dog-friendly and no minimum stay. Also, this place has a great vibe.

Some cabins are advertised as being on the river, but when you get here, you'll be hard pressed to find it. We're very clear in stating Sow's Ear is one cabin up from the river. You have a better view of it, access to it and sounds from it than some of those cabins advertised as being on it. Our own cabin is one of the closest ones to the river on the entire Trinity and since our guests have full use of our cabin's riverfront patio, hot tub and more, as well as someone to borrow stuff like tape, or a wrench, or a compressor, or flour (not to mention a dead battery jump!), they win all the way around.

Sow's Ear is a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom cabin that is priced for up to 6 guests, but it's quite popular for couples, so we have special rates for a party of two using one bed (call 530.778.3444 for those rates). We will consider a few guests over 6, but try to keep numbers down to keep our septic system happy. If approved, additional guests over a total of six are $15.75 each per night.

You can watch Netflix and Amazon Prime on the SMART TV, and a really good selection of books awaits you. Sow's Ear has Wi-Fi. Guests get free introductory lessons on SUPs (stand-up paddle boards). We're on a wide and calm stretch of the river that's perfect for learning this sport. There is excellent hiking right outside your door, and who doesn't enjoy watching the deer that wander through the yard daily?

Sow's Ear has a wood stove (wood provided), central heating and air-conditioning, a full laundry (supplies provided) and a well-stocked kitchen. It is just 5 minutes or so off 299, but end-of-the-road quiet, and very easy to reach on fully paved roads. It's our only cabin of five that is not directly on the Trinity River, but it's less than a minute's walk down the drive and you have full use of our 600+ feet of riverfront, complete with hammock, chairs, fire pit, more BBQs, a shaded dining set AND that hot tub overlooking the river.

Each bedroom is unique and tastefully furnished. The master bedroom, Honeysuckle, has a custom queen log bed and a sliding door to the large covered porch. The Rustic has a double size log bed and a slider to the river porch. You can see and hear the river from the living room, porch and the Rustic and Honeysuckle bedrooms. The Cedar Sanctuary room that looks out on the rosemary garden is completely paneled in cedar tongue & groove.

Bringing your own boat(s)? Bucktail put-in is across the river and up a few hundred yards. Sow's Ear has proven to be a very popular cabin for fishers, who can tie their boats off to the trees overnight. Their catarafts are safe on the river bank, or on our lawn. Remember: Our shoreline is your shoreline. You can dine overlooking the river, lounge in the hammocks, or fish from the shore.

KAYAK~SUP~RAFT! Bring tubes or smaller rafts for playing in front of our cabin.

Spring-Fall: We offer top notch sit-on-top kayak lessons, guided trips and rentals; guided raft trips and rentals; and stand-up paddleboard (SUP) demos, lessons and rentals. Our kayak lessons and guided river trips are exceptional. Check out our bio to see why. We are very good at teaching and guiding, never pushing you beyond your comfort zone, yet showing you how to expand it with our help.

Fly fishers love our cabins. Michael Caranci of The Fly Shop in Redding says of thems:

'For sheer seclusion, access, and cozy, comfortable accommodations, the cabins at the Trinity River Adventure Inn are certainly among the best.'

If you're looking for comfort, peace and very reasonable rates, you're going to love Sow's Ear.

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Heidi & Steph
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 16, 2018

About Heidi & Steph

Steph Dutton is a world-renowned kayaker who paddled from Canada to Mexico, then paddled the Oregon coast again, in the winter. He also circumnavigated California's Channel Islands, often enduring thirty foot seas.

Heidi Tiura owned and ran several businesses before running away to sea and working on tug boats in Alaska, Washington and Oregon.

Steph and Heidi are both Coast Guard licensed masters, and creators of Sanctuary Cruises on the Monterey Bay. They have been featured in numerous books and documentaries for their work with whales (including National Geographic's 'Whale Attack,' which was based on their Mother's Day 2004 whale watching cruise).

Now, they live on the upper Trinity River and their kayak adventures are of a tamer sort. When not rafting or kayaking with their guests, they can usually be found on their motorcycles, because Trinity County has the best roads for riding bikes, or skiing Mt. Shasta (they also have a really cool ski haus in Dunsmuir that's minutes from Shasta's Ski Park)..

Heidi & Steph purchased this cabin in 2005

Why Heidi & Steph chose Lewiston

Trinity County has the unbeatable combination of great natural beauty, incredible recreation opportunities, and it hasn't been overrun by tourists. People who have come here for twenty years remark at how little has changed. It is a spectacular place to explore.

What makes this cabin unique

Being on the river has to be one of the most relaxing things there is up here. Whether you fish, paddle, want to try the rope swing into the swimming hole, or just sit and watch the fish swim by, it is a wonderful escape to have a cabin right on the water (Alpen Glow, Miner's, Carriage House) or darn close to it with full use of our riverfront (Sow's Ear).

Guestbook comments from the owner

We sure enjoyed our time on the river. Thank you for your hospitality!
Aug 2012
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Lewiston Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Honeysuckle (Master) Bath - toilet , shower , Remodeled 2013; nice oak vanity
    Main Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , In central hall; next to laundry area
  • The Honeysuckle bath has a shower and the central bathroom has a tub with shower. Both have tile floors.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Honeysuckle-master bedroom - 1 queen , Log bed; private porch
    Rustic - 1 double , Log bed, barnwood paneling, slider to river porch
    Cedar Sanctuary - 1 queen , 2 bunk bed
  • Queen size Beds (2): Hand-made custom log bed and a mahogany sleigh bed; Double Beds: (1) Hand-made custom log bed; Sleep Sofa: (1) Queen-sized, also very comfortable for one person to sleep on couch without folding out. Stacked bunk Beds (2). These are adult-sized, sturdy and with plenty of headroom on the bottom bunk.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Very quiet and peaceful. If you love deer, you'll enjoy the daily visits by the does and their fawns. Osprey, kingfishers, owls, gray foxes, squirrels and a couple of very large jackrabbits all live in the 'hood


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Salmon, Steelhead, Trout! Very close to River. Wood Stove, Hot Tub, Fire Pit
average rating of 4.6153846 based on 37 reviews

Very cozy and rustic , perfect for our needs. The setting was very peaceful.

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time close enough to trails for mountain biking, hot tub setting was very relaxing on the river in quiet rural neighborhood. Sitting on the front porch with a beer after riding was just what the doctor ordered. The owners were very helpful/informative about the area.

Dave S. Novato, CA

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Beautiful spot. Secluded. You can see and hear the river. Heidi and steph were great!

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay it was a first for our family to do something like that. We would have used the river front more except for the mosquitos. I felt bad about knocking on the door when we had a question instead of being able to call because the phones are connected and our cell phones didn't call out. However they were very gracious about it. Thank you Heidi and steph for a memorable vacation!!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 2 of 5

There is a rule book with staying at this property! Not to mention the thermostat is locked! Locked! Use the wood fireplace instead, don't worry if your kids get cold at night. The hot tub and river access is actually on their property, not the one you are staying on, and not private if you want to be alone on your vacation. The beds and furniture needs to be replaced unless you enjoy sitting on the support structure and collapsed springs. Let's not start on the numerous spider webs all over the house...or the dust and dirt if you bump furniture or look in the corners. Word of caution, bring towels unless you are OK with material you typically use to dry your car. I felt like the "towel" was a squeegee.

I would recommend to look elsewhere if you really want to stay in the area.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is too bad Ed was not happy with Sow's Ear, but we live next door and tell every guest to let us know if they need anything. In fact, on their guest check-in sheet it says at the top: "Please check your cabin upon arrival. If anything is amiss, we will fix it." They said nothing. Our property description clearly states where the hot tub is and the river; it would not serve anyone well to mislead guests on this. Yes, we do have a welcome book with a lot of info about the cabin and area, and it does have rules, just as people have rules for their kids and how their home is treated. We locked the thermostat after one party alone racked up a $300+ propane bill for less than a one week stay. We actually lost money on 3 separate guests this year who did things such as turn the gas heat on high in the winter (ignoring the wood stove that is great and has free wood and the Monitor heater that is far more efficient than the forced air heat) and then they opened windows and left them open with temps outside in the 30s. Get hit with several astronomically high propane bills and you have to find a solution; this was ours. These guests arrived just after 100 degree + temperatures, We would have gladly turned up the thermostat which is set at 73 degrees, but nobody said a word, even when I walked up to say good-bye as they were packing up. Had they asked us to turn up the heat and we refused, then I feel they would have a valid complaint. I had a several minute conversation with this reviewer's wife, who didn't complain about anything and was quite pleasant, but when I introduced myself to Ed, I don't even think he responded. I checked Sow's Ear out before these guests came and even though it had been cleaned the day before, there were cobwebs where they couldn't possibly have been the day before. It happens. Spiders are a constant in the country especially and although I am sorry they had some webs, it wasn't from not cobwebbing, which we do frequently. The spiders just come back and go to work again. Even so, we'd have cobwebbed while they were out exploring had anyone said anything to us. Sow's Ear is booked every year by the same guests, who stay anywhere from 2 nights to 31 nights each time, and they love it, the furnishings and the vibe. Most guests love the microfiber bath towels, too. Fluffy, soft, super absorbent & great colors. This guest could have met us halfway by communicating his displeasure while here so we could have addressed it.
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Best Weekend Ever!

  • 5 of 5

From the moment my friends and I arrived for our fishing weekend, the Sow's Ear was paradise. We showed up early and was met with a welcome smile. We were toured through the place and given some history of the area. There were 7 of us and we all slept comfortably. The owners were so nice and even had some ketchup for us when we forgot to bring it for our hot dogs. Deer came right up to the house even when we were outside. The sound of the river flowing by at night was so calming. I just hope we were not too loud at night for anyone in the area. We had so much fun and are already planning on making this a yearly thing for ourselves. Thank You so much!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cute and Cozy!

  • 5 of 5

What a cute and cozy riverside cabin! Sow's Ear was the perfect place to hang out and enjoy the river. It gave us a safe place to teach the kids how to fish during the day and night, and was a great place to just hang out and roast some marshmallows. The wifi is only good in one spot, and the cell service is spotty at best, so it was really the perfect place to disconnect from our mobile distractions, and really relax and enjoy the surroundings. During the day, there is a large family of deer roaming the neighborhood and there is great river frontage where you can just chill out and watch the water rush by. At night, the stars are bright and the sounds of the river fauna fill the air. We really loved it, and we can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This was a very nice family and we enjoyed hosting them! We loved their appreciation of the river, all the deer (we're at around 16 or so does and fawns this winter in "our" herd), the starry nights and the fire pit for the all-important ritual of making s'mores. We'd love to have them back. Although they were OK with spotty cell service, we are going to put in a dedicated, separate line this spring (rather than bounced up from our place) because more and more people hope to unplug on vacation, but just can't pull it off.
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Great time in the Trinity Alps

  • 5 of 5

We met family from the Bay Area in the Trinity Alps for a long weekend in July. We stayed in the Sow's Ear. It was very comfortable and had plenty of room for all of us. The cabin had all the amenities we could have wanted. We enjoyed the riverfront and had a great time sitting on the porch and watching the wildlife wander by.

The cabin is conveniently located near lots of hiking trails and places to see. We could have spent much longer exploring everything in the area.

One thing to be aware of - the internet only has a decent signal at the kitchen table. I had hoped to do some work while relaxing on the porch. Instead, I just had to be on vacation - so it wasn't a big loss.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review, Jack! We are always very happy when guests' stay at Sow's Ear measure up to expectations, and really appreciate hearing their feedback. Sow's Ear is currently getting a brand new gas stove and updated kitchen cabinets, which will sure be nice for future stays. The internet signal is good at the dining table (no kitchen table), which works for most, but I can understand how nice it would be to have been able to use it on the front porch. Guests CAN use their wireless devices on our shady river patio, which they are enthusiastically encouraged to take advantage of, though. Great signal and they are about 30' from the river, with many seating options.
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Weaverville, Trinity Center or Redding
Nearest Train
45 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Limited catering available at Sow's Ear
Car: recommended

Incredible fishing for salmon, steelhead, trout & more; fantastic winter steelhead runs. Year-round Ocean Kayak sit-on-top kayak lessons, demos, sales, rentals and guided river or lake trips; raft rentals, or guided river or lake trips. Great for fishing, birding and parties with smaller kids and big dogs. We cater to chickens.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $15
Cleaning Fee $85
Refundable damage deposit $150
Tax Rate 5.0%

Please contact us for discounts on stays over 2 nights.
We offer exceptionally generous discounts on longer stays, especially for medical travelers coming to work in the area.
If approved, additional guests might be increased with additional fees.
Pet Fees are per dog ($15 each). Friendly dogs ONLY. We will consider more than 1 dog and may even waive the fee for a 2nd dog, but we absolutely need an accurate count.
Guests who book directly with us do not pay until they arrive.
Guided Kayak Trips include full lesson, all gear, shuttles.
Guided raft trips include all gear necessary and shuttles.
Free paddleboard mini-lessons are available.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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