Sunday, October 13, 2013

Steamboat Slough

Today was a beautiful day on the water. A couple of friends and I launched about 1:45 just north of Rio Vista off of River Road. High tide for Snug Harbor was predicted for 1:16 today.  There are lots of places to launch off of River Road but there are no facilities. Hogback Island is about 4 miles upstream in Steamboat Slough where you'll find restrooms and picnic areas. You can also launch from Hogback but there are day use fees.

Our goal was to paddle to Hogback Island and do a little fishing along the way. We got a little bit of a late start and headed across Cache Slough past Hidden Harbor into Steamboat Slough. We took our time and tossed our lines in the water and on Tim's first cast he pulled out nice smallmouth bass and quickly released it. That was the only catch of the day but Steamboat Slough is a lovely area to paddle. There are lots of sandy beaches where you can stop for a break and for the most part is pretty well protected from the wind.

Once we reached Snug Harbor we decided to turn back and head for home as it was getting late. There were lots of fisherman out and a wake boarder enjoying the afternoon. I was amazed at the water clarity. This part of the Delta has the best water visibility I have encountered! We reached our put in after paddling about 6 miles and had another awesome day on the water!

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