Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Lost Isle, Spud and Hog Island

Today's "Wednesday Wandering" took us to Lost Isle , Spud and Hog Island and it was an amazing adventure! The Delta offers endless possibilities for exploration and today we discovered another jewel. We launched under the warm sunshine from Tiki Lagun at 2:30 with low tide predicted for 3:18 . Tiki Lagun Resort and Marina has a launch ramp with a couple of docks that kayaks can launch from for $3. Be sure and check in at the store to get a guest pass and a code for the restrooms. They also offer camping and will soon have their own kayak rentals available.

After launching we headed northeast on Turner cut toward Acker Island. Acker Island is the location of the infamous Lost Isle and they are actually working on opening it up to the public again. Spud Island and Hog Island are privately owned and Discover the Delta Foundation is also working on plans to open it up for camping and exploration.

Lost Isle
We continued past Lost Isle and turned to the northwest on Twentyone mile cut and Haypress Reach where we soon came up Hog Island Cut which is actually part of the San Joaquin River and is an active shipping channel. This area has a reputation for being a great anchorage for power boaters during the summer months. When paddling this area be aware of the shipping channel and stay close to shore while paddling. If you decide to cross the channel keep aware of boat and ship traffic.

This lovely area is lined with nice sandy beaches where you can stop and stretch under the shade of one of the many tall trees on shore. While paddling through Hog Cut we came upon a seal doing some fishing and it looked like he was having some success. He soon disappeared before us and then reappeared about 50 feet behind us. We decided to take a peek around the east side of Hog Island.

Hog Island is also a private Island and we soon came upon a beautiful spot where there appeared to be a home and multiple boats docked. We spotted a small slough and thought we could pass through to the other side of the island but the tide hadn't risen enough for us to pass. Next time.

Time seems to pass very quickly when I'm on the water. The sun began to creep lower in the sky and we reluctantly decided we should head back to the put in. Another wonderful day on the water with great company!

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