Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Kayak the Delta this Weekend!

Record temperatures are predicted for this upcoming weekend. Join Delta Kayak Adventures as we paddle Dutch Slough in Bethel Island Saturday and Sherman Lake Sunday! Book your tour by Thursday January 22 and save $14 on Saturday's tour by using promo code BETHEL12415 or save $15 on Sunday's tour using promo code SHERMAN12515.

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Elkhorn Slough

If you haven't paddled Elkhorn Slough, this is a paddle you must add to your bucket list. This past Friday my daughter and I headed down to Moss Landing for a great paddle on a gorgeous day.

 High tide was predicted at 4.5 ft. at 12:08 at Moss Landing and we were on the water by 11:00 to ride the tide to Kirby Park. There are a couple of launch options if you want to paddle Elkhorn Slough. We launched at the public boat ramp located in front of Monterey Bay Kayaks where there is a $6 parking fee and a $5 launch fee and there are restrooms available. If you don't have your own boat and gear, Monterey Bay Kayaks and Kayak Connection have rentals available and also offer guided tours along with many other outfitters. Make sure to check tide charts and plan your paddle accordingly. You can also launch from Kirby Park and paddle with the outgoing tide to Moss Landing and return with the incoming tide.

High clouds hung above us and barely a breeze could be felt as we paddled past a jetty occupied by hundreds of Pelicans. As we glided past the Pelicans on our right we soon came upon a dock on our left stacked 3 or 4 seals and sea lions high. They were fun to watch because if one seal moved the entire group would become boisterous as if they were being bothered. As we passed under the bridge we spotted the first sea otter, then another and another and so on. I was amazed at the number of sea otters and they were definitely the highlight of the trip. We kept our distance as we watched them float on their backs and eat. Every once in a while one would notice us and stretch its' head high above the water and stare at us.

We continued paddling at a leisurely pace observing harbor seals and sea lions hauled out on the mud flats, otters floating about, and grebes, gulls and loons soaring, diving and darting all around us. The scenery was spectacular and the paddle refreshing.

We returned to the put-in after paddling a little over 8 miles and spending nearly 4 hours on the water. If you would like to explore this area with Delta Kayak Adventures, we'll be adding this special adventure to our calendar once or twice a year.

Kayaking the Delta Under a Full Moon

Delta Kayak Adventures' first tour of 2015 was amazing. On a windless evening we launched as the sun set behind us. We had to work our way through the hyacinth that continues to plague the Delta but once we reached open water it was well worth the effort!

Thousands of birds including Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese, could be heard conversing in the distance. We made our way around Beaver Island and paddled quietly south on Old River. We watched a spectacular sunset and waited patiently for the moon to rise over the Delta. We didn't have to wait long before the huge glowing ball of light made its' appearance. As the moon rose, coyotes joined the chorus of sounds surrounding us.

The peace and tranquility of a Delta moonlight paddle is something everyone should experience!

We have some exciting events planned for 2015 and we hope you'll join us! To see what we are planning be sure and sign up for our newsletter!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Mandeville Tip

It was a beautiful day on the Delta today although the hyacinth is taking over. We launched from Korths Pirates Lair at 12:20 and paddled with the incoming tide to Mandeville Tip.

It was a busy day on the San Joaquin River for ships. It's the first time I encountered more than one ship during an outing. We stayed clear of the shipping channel and paddled just outside the markers. After 4 miles we rafted up and ate lunch as we watched the Queen Asia pass in front of us.

We picked up our pace so we wouldn't have to paddle against the changing tide and we arrived at our destination at 2:00. We weren't able to explore the island like I would have liked but that gives me another reason to return. After a brief rest we began our return to the put - in.

We had a nice south easterly breeze at our backs and the tide was going out so we practically flew back to the marina. When we reached the channel to the ramp we were met with a thick mat of hyacinth about 100 yards long. Our passage was blocked and I worried we would be unable to make our way to the marina because it had been blocked earlier. Thankfully we were able to squeeze through and make it to the dock.

If you encounter hyacinth when paddling make sure and report it to the department of boating and waterways and try to include a picture. I was heartbroken to see miles of hyacinth blocking Brannan Island Time marina and Owl harbor. Please contact your representatives and let them know how the hyacinth is impacting the Delta.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Georgiana Slough

It was great to get on the water today! Because of dense fog and the recent storms it has been nearly a week since I've paddled. It looks like we're between storms so I wanted to get out there while I could. My friends and I launched from Georgiana Fishing Access located on Andrus Island road. This is a nice little spot to put in and has a small launch for human powered craft. There is a porta potty but no other services nearby. High tide was predicted at 12:00 for New Hope bridge. We launched at 11:20 and headed north towards Walnut Grove.

The water level was the highest I've seen in awhile and the incoming tide had little effect on the moving water. Normally you can ride the incoming tide to Walnut Grove but today we paddled against the current to get to our destination. The current wasn't too strong when we started but progressively became faster as we paddled north. Usually we can paddle 3 miles in under an hour at a leisurely pace but today it took us nearly 2 hours to reach the Sacramento River but it was worth every stroke. We encountered one powerboat today as we were putting our boats in and met a fellow kayaker on our return. It was just us and the birds for the majority of our time on the water.

 The water was stained a muddy brown from the recent storms and the sheer volume of water was impressive. It's awesome we're getting much needed rain! We spotted several hawks, egrets and even some Sandhill cranes filled our ears with their noisy chatter. Blackbirds filled the sky and ducks startled us as they crashed through the brush to escape our intrusion. We passed under the Georgiana Slough bridge and continued a couple hundred yards to where the slough meets the Sacramento River. We didn't feel like battling the increasing current to get to the public dock in Walnut Grove so we turned around and found shelter from the current at a nearby private dock. We stayed in our boats as we ate a snack then had a speedy return with the current back to the put in. It only took us 50 minutes to paddle the 3 miles back to the put in and I can't say we paddled very much. We mostly floated with the current taking in the scenery and enjoying the ride.

A magnificent day on the Delta!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Sale on Gift Certificates!

Gift certificates are currently on sale for 25% off! Looking for unique gifts for the special people in your life? Gift certificates do not expire and can be used anytime of year and will provide lasting memories. The certificates are valued at $54 based on our local tour price but can be used towards any tour we offer.

Happy paddling!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Shout Out

We have lots of great paddles and events coming up. Sign up for our free newsletter to keep up to date with future tours and events!

This year has flown by unbelievably fast! The first of November marked our 2nd year in business and we want to thank you all for your support!

Fall paddling has been incredible! Above average temperatures and virtually no wind has made paddling the Delta even better. The past month we’ve explored the Cosumnes River Preserve, Steamboat Slough and Old River in the southern reaches of the Delta. The warmer weather has exasperated the water hyacinth problem and unfortunately has shut down many marinas making it impossible to launch any type of boat. On the San Joaquin River it has forced ships to travel only in daylight because their sonar reads the hyacinth as dry land. Fortunately the majority of areas we paddle haven’t been significantly impacted. 

We have some great tours planned for the holiday season! We hope you can join us November 29th at Lake Camanche as our family will be picnicking and paddling from 10:00-4:00. Bring your own boat and gear for free or we’ll have limited rentals, including fishing kayaks available for $45 for the entire day.  You are welcome to join us as we explore this great spot not far from home. Lake Camanche has recently planted Mt. Lassen trout and will be doing so every week so fishing should be great. You can sign up and reserve a boat directly form our website by clicking on the date or contact us if you plan on joining us with your own boat and gear.

We’ll be back at the Cosumnes River Preserve December 13th to check out the Sandhill Cranes and other waterfowl visiting for the winter. We've had great feedback regarding our Moonlight paddles so mark your calendars for December 6th and dress warm for a paddle under the moonlight!

We’re hoping to put together a lighted kayak parade and a Christmas celebration at Holland Riverside Marina if there is enough interest. If you’re interested in decorating your kayak or one of ours and participating in what will hopefully become an annual tradition, let us know by sending an email to deltakayakadventures@gmail.com. Stay tuned for more info via deltakayakadventures.com, our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DeltaKayakAdventures or Twitter: https://twitter.com/DeltaKayakADVs

Please support small businesses this Christmas season! Starting November 28th, gift certificates will be on sale for 25% off through December 20th! Grab one for yourself or a few for friends and family! Kayaking the Delta is an experience they won’t forget!