Saturday, July 21, 2012

Oxbow Marina

I had a wonderful paddle today with a small group of kayakers from the Lodi Paddle Club. We met at Oxbow Marina for an early morning paddle to beat the heat. The marina is located in Isleton just north of Highway 12 on Georgiana Slough. The marina itself is very nice and offers many amenities. There's a small store and Joe's BBQ on weekends that offers burgers, hot dogs and polish sausage from 12:00-2:30. There is a small launch ramp but I would call the marina itself as to whether it's open to the public as this was an organized paddle so there was no fee today. It's my understanding that there will be another organized paddle on August 25.  Check Lodi Paddle Club for more info to see if this paddle is posted.

We set off at about 9:30 a.m. and headed north toward Tyler Island bridge.  Along the way we admired the the gorgeous yachts and pretty homes nestled along the shore. We paddled against a gentle current for about three miles before turning around.  On the way back we stopped just south of the bridge to watch a beautiful sailboat pass by and witness the bridge turn to make the sailboats passage possible. This part of Georgiana slough is great for paddlers because there is a 5 mph no wake zone so there is no need to worry about speedboats.

We arrived back at the marina by noon and after loading our boats on our vehicles we enjoyed lunch at Joe's BBQ. Great day!

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