Bay Area Sloughers Message Board › August/September high tides at Newark Slough, plus general slough info
At our last paddle, some folks asked about the tides at Newark slough, so I've compiled these weekend morning Newark Slough high tides for the next two months.
Please verify tides before paddling. I used the following website. You can also use this link to look for tides on any day of the year!
Newark Slough High Tides:
Sat: Aug 11: 10:23am (following low tide is pretty high, so ebb tide should be weak)
Sun: Aug 12: 11:18am (following low tide is pretty high, so ebb tide should be weak)
Sat: Aug 25th: 9:01am
Sun: Aug 26th:10:14am
Sat: Sept 8th: 8:31am (following low tide is pretty high, so ebb tide should be weak)
Sun: Sept 9th: 9:43am (following low tide is pretty high, so ebb tide should be weak)
Sat: Sept 22nd: 7:31am
Sun: Sept 23rd: 8:47am
I'd recommend putting in up to an hour and a half before the high tide, and turning around no later than high tide. If there is a big drop for the following low tide, I would turn around earlier, as a big change in tide means a stronger current.
The rangers have recommended to me at least 3 feet of tide in the slough for the entire length of the paddling trip. This is pretty easy to verify by looking at a daily tide chart. For example:
Here is a map of the put-in, and the one-way mileage of the slough:
Newark slough is about 8 miles round trip to the drawbridge and back, and almost 10 miles round trip to the bay. The nice thing is that it is not a loop, you can turn around at any point.
As with all bay paddling, earlier is better to beat the wind, although early wind is certainly still possible, so please check the weather and use your judgement.
Newark Slough is an extremely pretty slough, particularly at the start, and then later after you pass the section that parallel's highway 84. I've never made it all the way to the drawbridge, although I plan to some day.
Finally, the put-in at Newark Slough is MUDDY! If you go, plan your footwear accordingly, and bring bags for muddy shoes and gear. Putting in is usually not that bad, as you can dip your feet in the water before stepping in, but getting out can be a mess. I've been thinking of bringing a big rubber sheet to step on, but I need to figure out a way to keep it from floating away.