Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Bay Point

Launch site possibility
I love finding new places to paddle! Today we went and checked out Bay Point Regional Shoreline. East Bay Parks has a water access trail here that you can use to fish from the shore, launch a kayak or just take a hike around the 1 mile loop trail. This small park has restrooms and free parking available. We arrived at the park just after 12:00 and low tide was predicted at 2:45 at .88 ft.. I'm guessing when we arrived the tide was just under 2 ft. and it would have made for a muddy launch.  There was about a 3 foot drop from the edge of the shore to the water. It was definitely doable but I didn't feel like getting muddy so we ended up launching next door at McAvoys Yacht Harbor. It costs $10 to park and use their launch ramp. The ramp is open 24 hours but the bait shop, which is where you pay the fee is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on weekends they are open until 8 p.m.. If they are closed there is a self pay box next to the ramp.

Tide too low to launch

McAvoys launch
This area is  a great place to explore! There are many sloughs to check out and it looks like a lot of people fish here.  After launching we headed north and then turned east at the first channel. We saw about ten Cormorants resting on a barge and the surroundings were surprisingly peaceful. We continued heading east until we came upon another slough which took us north toward Suisun and Honker Bays. Once in the bay we headed west and stuck close to the shoreline. The weather was actually very nice despite the threat of rain. We paddled for about an hour before deciding to head back. This is a great spot to go for protected waters just be sure to check the tides before venturing out. I'll definitely be leading tours from this location so be sure and check out my website if you would like to join a scheduled tour or design your own paddle and would like a guide. There are lots of possibilities!

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