Friday, October 16, 2020

What's New?

 It has been way too long since my last post. This year has definitely been crazy. After being shut down for nearly 10 weeks, we were able to reopen on a limited basis. Paddling is probably the safest social distance activity one can do. Thankfully, we have had a very busy but challenging year like so many other small businesses. The excessive heat and smoke from fires throughout the state forced us to close down multiple times, including Labor Day weekend. 

The smoke has cleared but the heat continues which is actually nice because the air and water temperatures are still quite warm. My favorite time of year is upon us. The wind is gone and has left the San Joaquin River looking like glass. The migratory birds are coming in and the wildlife activity has been increasing with lots of sightings of river otters, beavers and sea lions. A couple of weeks ago I had one of the most magnificent experiences during a dinner break on a small island near Sherman Lake. Literally millions of blackbirds flew overhead for a solid 30 minutes. I recorded quite a bit of it but haven't had a chance to upload to YouTube. You can see a snippet of video on our Facebook Page.

We have lots of exciting tours coming up including a couple of new tours that haven't been available to the public. Winter Island, on the San Joaquin River, has been recently restored to wetland habitat. It was a private island owned by a hunting club which the state bought and completed restoration last November. The currents within the sloughs inside the island can be very challenging so I strongly suggest a guided trip to explore it safely. Delta Kayak Adventures has made special arrangements with Oxbow Marina to offer limited tours from their amazing location. Oxbow is a private marina and not open to the public. They are located on Georgiana Slough which is one my favorite sloughs in the Delta. 

Check out our calendar to see what tours are coming up or book a custom tour with friends and or family! Kayak and paddleboard rentals are available year round but reservations are required a minimum of 24 hours in advance. We offer wetsuits and paddle pants during the cooler months at no additional charge.

Happy paddling and hope to see you on the water soon!


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