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Saturday Morning Wildlife Tours On The Mokelumne River. (Headwaters Tour)

Every Saturday Morning during the spring and summer months Headwaters wildlife expert Bill Beckett will be guiding nature tours on the Mokelumne River. Bill has a degree in Ornithology and has spent the past several years as a Fisheries Biologist here on valley rivers. His depth of knowledge on both wildlife and kayak make him one of the best suited tour guides you could ask for. Please call the shop or shoot us an email to sign up for a Saturday Tour. 

When: These tours are hosted Every Saturday from April 12th through October 25th. Meet at 8:30am for a 9:00am departure. 

Where: Tours leave the Headwaters Boat House location at Lodi Lake Park. Cost: $25 per person includes kayak paddle pfd rental, Brief instruction, guides/ instructors during the trip. 


******If you need to rent equipment please call the shop so we can take your payment and secure your reservation.


-All paddlers must use a PFD while on the water with the club. -Bring Sunblock, Hat and water

-Avoid wearing cotton while kayaking

If you have a small group of six or more we can set up a private tour any time. Just call [masked] for more info!

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  • Kristine H.

    Thank you Bill for a wonderful morning! We learned so much from you and only wished it was longer.

    April 13, 2014

  • Anthony

    Great way to spend a Saturday morning, thanks Bill.

    April 12, 2014

  • Bill B.

    Thanks to all that attended the wildlife tour this morning. I had a great time sharing the local flora and fauna with you all.
    During our trip we saw:
    Northern Flicker
    Acorn Woodpecker
    Red-winged Blackbird
    Tree Swallow
    Bank Swallow
    Canada Goose
    Great Egret
    Great Blue Heron
    Swainson's Hawk
    Turkey Vulture
    Wild Turkey
    We also saw a western pond turtle and a few red-eared slider turtles. Looking forward to the tour next week.

    2 · April 12, 2014

  • Bill B.

    Launched at Moelumne Beach Resort yesterday for some fishing. Along the way I saw the following birds:
    Belted Kingfisher
    Acorn Woodpecker
    Red-Shouldered Hawk
    Swainson's Hawk
    Black Phoebe
    Northern Mockingbird
    Song Sparrow
    Great Egret
    Western Scrub Jay
    Wood Duck
    Canada Goose
    Looking forward to getting out on the river heading in the other direction this Saturday.

    April 8, 2014

    • Michelle

      I hope to see a Wood Duck for the first time tomorrow morning!

      April 11, 2014

  • Janeen G.

    Looking forward to this paddle. I have my own equipment.

    April 11, 2014

  • Christie

    Have to catch another week. Too many other people and places are demanding my time on this Saturday.

    April 10, 2014

  • Ann C.

    Will have to bail out on the April 12 trip. Do I need to make a reservation for other wildlife Saturdays?

    April 9, 2014

  • Bill B.

    I also saw 2 muskrats and a ton of red-eared slider turtles.

    April 8, 2014

  • Anna W.

    Why don't you wear cotton? And what is the number to rest equipment for Saturday?

    April 6, 2014

    • Bill B.

      Hi Anna. Cotton is not recommended because it does not dry quickly, leaving you wet and uncomfortable. Also cotton loses all of its insulating properties when wet, unlike wool or fleece. Nylon or polyester are also good options. To make a reservation for a rental for Saturday call[masked]

      April 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    how long will the kayaking take?

    April 5, 2014

    • Bill B.

      Hi Jeff,

      April 8, 2014

    • Bill B.

      The paddle will probably take about 2 hours. We should be back by about 11:00am

      April 8, 2014

  • Anthony

    This is my first time ever in a kayak. I will need much help getting started. I'm looking forward to this new adventure .

    April 6, 2014

  • Bill B.

    Saw my first Swainson's Hawk of the year this morning on my way to work. Awesome!

    March 28, 2014

  • Laura V

    I have my own sit on top kayak

    March 27, 2014

  • Kristine H.

    Looking forward to this trip!

    March 21, 2014

  • Daniel A.

    If you need to rent equipment please call the shop so we can take your payment and secure your reservation.

    February 25, 2014

  • Bill B.

    If you're a certified bird nerd like me, feel free to bring along a bird field guide and a pair of binoculars. Also expect the pace of the tour to be slow, as we will be more focused on the sights and sounds of the wildlife rather than a destination.

    2 · February 22, 2014

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