Sunday, September 25, 2016

San Joaquin River, Antioch




We had an amazing paddle on the San Joaquin River this morning with the Antioch Council of Teens. We started a little late, so paddled against a fairly strong tide to get to the Dow Wetlands Preserve. Started the paddle by seeing an otter and then a few minutes later a seal made an appearance. Made it to the Dow Wetlands and then returned to the Antioch Marina with the flooding tide. It was very busy, lots of boat traffic today, including a ship which made for a lively paddle.

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Delta Kayak Adventures will be at the Antioch Marina October 1st and 2nd offering kayak rentals from 10am-4pm and FREE standup paddleboard demos within the marina. We also will have guided sunset paddles at 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday. There will be lots of other activities for families to enjoy too! Delta Thunder Boat Show and Exhibition and Rivertown Jamboree will be going on at the same time. The tall ship Hawaiian Chieftain will also be docked at the marina offering tours.

Save $5 per person on the sunset paddle if you book online! Enter save5 for promo.

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Paddling and More Paddling

I apologize for the lack of recent posts but it has been an amazing summer with lots of paddling!
Some highlights include:

Lots of paddling at Big Break, San leandro Bay & Brooks Island, guiding for East Bay Regional Park District.




Teaching Introduction to Kayaking classes:



Trips throughout the Delta including Delta Meadows, Mildred Island, Eucalyptus Island, the San Joaquin River, Sacramento River, Mokelumne River, Georgiana slough, Cosumnes River and much more.







Sunset and Moonlight paddles:



Trips to the coast:





With my favorite time of year for kayaking upon us, I have a lot more paddling yet to do. Contact us if you'd like to join us for one of our tours or would like a trip based on a specific location you want to explore.

I'll be posting more adventures soon. Until then, hope to see you on the water!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Coastal Cleanup 2016




CALLING ALL KAYAKERS AND CANOEISTS!

Last year we collected over 2,000 lbs of trash from the Delta over 2 days in both Antioch and Rio Vista!

Join us for Coastal Cleanup on September 16th in Antioch and September 17th in Rio Vista! We'll be doing water based cleanup at both sites and will provide kayaks for those who need them for $10 to assist in costs relating to transport and cleaning of equipment after events. Number of boats are limited and are available on first come basis. Sign up ASAP for this fun event and help us spruce up the Delta!

To sign up for Rio Vista cleanup you must register here: http://tinyurl.com/jtsx3tv 
For Antioch click here: https://www.facebook.com/EcoAntioch/posts/1069246419797917

If you pick up trash whenever you paddle be sure and download the Clean Swell app to track the trash and upload data to the Ocean Conservancy's global ocean trash database.


Sunday, May 22, 2016

Memorial Weekend Paddling Opportunities!



We have a great weekend planned for the upcoming holiday at Holland Riverside Marina in Brentwood!

Kick the weekend off with a Sunset Paddle Friday May 27th
6:30 – 8:30 pm

Kayak & Paddleboard Rentals available Saturday, Sunday, Monday 10:00am-5:00 pm; all rentals must be returned by 5:30pm
Single Kayak rental $18 per hour or $40 for 4 hours
Tandem kayak rental $28 per hour
Paddleboards $23 per hour or $40 for 2 hours

Saturday, May28th
Introduction to Kayaking 8:30am-10:30am
Begin the summer paddling season by learning proper stroke technique, safety, boat control, tides and currents in the Delta

Sunday, May 29th
Kayak Fishing 6:30am-12:30pm
Grab your fishing pole, tackle and license and experience fishing from a kayak. We’ll give tips and techniques for targeting Delta bass. First 3 hours includes guide, additional 3 hours on your own.

Monday, May 30th
Old River 7:00am-9:30am
We’ll launch shortly after dawn and paddle Old River towards Rhode Island and Little Mandeville exploring sloughs and channels in search of critters that call the Delta home.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED FOR ALL TOURS & CLASSES
Reservations suggested but not required for rentals
Book online at Delta Kayak Adventures or
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Saturday, April 30, 2016

3rd Annual Bay Parade



In support of a healthy San Francisco Bay I want to inform you of a fun and exciting event coming up May 22nd!

The Bay Area's Premier On-the-Water, Multi-Sport Event
Celebrating a Clean and Healthy San Francisco Bay

Swim  |  SUP  |  Kayak  |  Boat

The Bay Parade is an annual celebration of Baykeeper's successes in making San Francisco Bay safe and enjoyable to recreate in. Join hundreds of other participants on Sunday, May 22, 2016 for a fun and active day in San Francisco Bay. You'll make it to the big screen when the parade's finale is broadcast on the Jumbotron at the start of the Giants home game.
New! The Golden Rivet Award recognizes the fastest solo swimmer, fastest swim team, and biggest parade fundraiser from each year's Bay Parade. Winners' names will be engraved below a Golden Gate Bridge rivet cast in solid gold. Winners will be invited to join the home plate ceremony opening the Giants evening home game on May 22. See the Golden Rivet.
COURSES
SWIM
The Bay Parade swim is 6.5 miles from the Golden Gate Bridge to McCovey Cove. Participate as a timed solo swimmer, timed four-person relay team, or open relay team. $100 registration fee, plus $200 fundraising minimum.
STAND UP PADDLEBOARD
The Bay Parade stand up paddleboard course is an easy paddle from Pier 40 to McCovey Cove and back, ½ mile each way. $75 registration fee, plus $75 fundraising minimum. Includes board rental.
KAYAK
The Bay Parade kayak course is an easy run from Pier 40 to McCovey Cove and back, ½ mile each way. $75 registration fee, plus $75 fundraising minimum. Includes kayak rental.
BOAT
Sailboats and powerboats are needed as escorts for solo and relay team swimmers along the swim route. No registration fee or fundraising requirement.
VIP SAIL
Join us aboard the Bay Lady schooner to sail the Bay in style as we cheer on swimmers, kayakers, and paddlers in the Bay Parade. Tickets start at $275. Find out more about the VIP Sail.
AFTER PARTY
Join the Bay Parade party on shore after the finale, hosted by Anchor Brewing. Registration includes one free ticket per participant. Additional tickets will be available for $50 purchase or with $50 donation to a participant's fundraising page, until sold out. Registration opens soon.
SPONSORSHIP
For information on becoming a Bay Parade sponsor, click here.
For information on sending a company team, click here20% discount for 5+ registrations.
To explore either of these options, contact Eliet Henderson, Baykeeper Development Director, ateliet@baykeeper.org or (510) 735-9700 x101.
All proceeds benefit San Francisco Baykeeper. For over 25 years, Baykeeper has worked tirelessly to stop pollution in San Francisco Bay using science, litigation, and advocacy.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Middle River to Mildred Island


I've been paddling quite a bit and haven't had a chance to do any write ups. I suppose that's a good problem to have. I'll start with one of my most recent new trips - paddling Middle River to Mildred Island.


This paddle was 9 miles round trip but could have been much longer with so many smaller islands and sloughs to explore. We launched from Cruiser Haven Marina and headed north with the outgoing tide and chose to turn right before going under the Orwood bridge owned by BNSF railroad. We made our way along the south side of the 7,000 plus foot bridge which protected us from the strong winds blowing from the north.




Once we reached Middle River we turned north and did our best to use the tule and marsh covered islands to keep us from paddling into the wind. We reached the Bacon Island bridge and we encountered hundreds if not thousands of swallows building their nests under the bridge. They were very busy as they darted back and forth with mud for their homes.













Mildred Island flooded and was abandoned in 1983 and is now home to many fish species. It's also a very popular anchorage for pleasure boaters throughout the summer months. There appears to be many beaches available for landing, at least at low tide. We only explored a sliver of this special island and were very pleased with what we found. There's definitely more to see here and I look forward to returning soon!







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Monday, February 22, 2016

South Fork Mokelumne






We had great weather for today's paddle on the South Mokelumne River. Low tide was predicted for 12:59 at New Hope Bridge and wind was supposed to be 5-7 knots. We launched from Wimpy's Marina at 1:00 and cruised with the downstream current. Wimpy's charges $5 to launch or $10 if you have a trailer.




The Mokelumne is such a beautiful river to paddle and this stretch of the river doesn't disappoint. There was less than a 3 foot swing in tides but this part of the river is fairly narrow and the current can really get moving. We didn't work very hard as we made our way a little over 3 miles to Beaver Slough. There were many different species of hawks who accompanied us along with a number of coots. We spotted a mink and several turtles on our journey.







After a little over an hour of floating, we reached Beaver Slough and found a small island with a sliver of beach to get out and stretch. The tide was changing so we took advantage of the incoming tide to help us home. We ended up paddling against a stiff headwind with a bit of chop in a few places. This area is definitely worth exploring and I look forward to returning soon!



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