Paddle With A Park Ranger At Lake Berryessa - Easter Exploration at Pope Creek

Come enjoy Lake Berryessa from a unique perspective on a ranger-led paddling tour. Each tour offers a different experience as we launch from various areas around the lake.

Our second paddle of the series is along Pope Creek on Easter Sunday.  We will meet in the parking lot and carry the boats down a steep path to the shoreline.  Rangers will be able to help haul boats, but be prepared for a bit of a workout.  All the huffing and puffing will be worth it though, as we paddle up Pope Creek looking for spring wildflowers and wildlife.  As time allows, we will return to the mouth of the creek and continue out to the main body of the lake for sweeping views and possible bald eagle sightings.  Your talented ranger guide will entertain you with fascinating natural and human history stories about the area.

The fine print: Events occur rain or shine, but high winds could cause an event to be cancelled. Heavy spring rains may change certain launch locations. Paddling outings are open to experienced swimmers with a kayak, canoe or other non-motorized boat. Coast Guard-approved life jackets will be available, but boats will not be available for rent. Participants should bring their boat, life jacket, paddle, sunscreen, hat, water, clothing layers depending on the weather and a lunch/snack. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited. For details and directions, please contact Park Ranger Victoria Payan at[masked] ext. 113 or [masked].

Unfortunately, RSVPing on this site isn't enough to secure a spot. Please send me a quick email at [masked] in order to RSVP. Thank you!

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  • cara

    I got the wrong item to inflate my kayak I won't be able to go now

    April 19

  • Carla

    Mornin'. We three will be camping at Putah Canyon so we 'may' take the huff 'n' puff-less option... See you on the lake!

    April 19

  • cara

    Thank you so much Gary !

    April 18

  • cara

    Does anyone have a spare paddle I can borrow for lake Berryessa April 20th?

    April 17

    • Gary W.

      I have a spare paddle; I will bring it for you.

      April 18

  • Michael F

    Turns out we are going kayak camping on Tomales Bay... Have fun and catch you on the next one

    1 · April 16

    • Victoria P.

      Next up is May 17, then June 13 (full moon!). See ya next time!

      April 17

  • Phil B.

    Vic,
    I'll just bet getting back from two weeks on the east coast- with all the rain, there are ponds, lakes and fast moving rivers everywhere you look here; next paddle should be in Maine.

    April 14

  • A former member
    A former member

    I live in Santa Rosa, would like to car pool to Napa and share car costs.

    April 11

    • Sherri A.

      I can take you. I have a rack that can carry two boats. I also live in Santa Rosa. Call me if still interested[masked]

      1 · April 13

  • Victoria P.

    Huff'n'puff-less option: "Around the corner" from our put in spot there is a paid launch ramp, Putah Canyon. It is something like $15 to launch your kayak and you can paddle south, around the spits of land that used to be islands, and join us under the bridge. Let me know if you're contemplating this option so we have an accurate count of boats before we set off.

    March 31

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