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Jenner Evening Kayak BioPlankton and Meteor Shower Tour

I've talked to some of you about doing a moonless night kayak trip and seeing the bioluminescent plankton during the summer months. WaterTreks in Jenner does one with the Perseids Meteor Shower!

The price is $60 per person, $35 if you use your own kayak.

We will meet in Jenner at 6:30pm and get back to the dock by 11pm.  If you want to carpool from Santa Rosa, meet at "The Locals" restaurant (90 Mark West Springs Rd.) and be ready to leave there at 5:30.  There is ample parking along the back fence.

The tour includes a stop for a hot beverage and snacks.

We will view wildlife in the estuary followed by frolicking in their eerie blue/green glow.

On the most intense nights you can see the trails of fish, harbor seals and other estuary life moving in the water as well as glowing water everywhere you touch. Sometimes we even have glowing ghost seals. 


Participants must call WaterTreks to register at[masked]-2249.

See www.watertreks.com for more information.

PFDs supplied, dress in layers and wear water sandals or boat shoes (NO FLIP-FLOPS).

Some detailed information:

We will be staying in the estuary.  It can get windy and cold and everyone should dress in layers, NOT cotton fabric because it holds onto moisture.  Expect to get wet, your feet will definitely get wet on entering the kayak so secure-fitting sandals (not flip-flops) or water booties are required.

You can rent other attire if needed.  I suggest long pants (not jeans), lined or unlined, a base pair with a pair of hiking pants and a long-sleeve top (fleece is good) with a windbreaker.  Most participants will be paired up to go in a tandem kayak.  Single kayaks are available, but talk to WaterTreks about your paddling ability.  

If you would like to take photos on the trip, I recommend taking a disposable waterproof camera.  I DO NOT recommend taking your smartphone or other electronic devices on the kayak—expect them to get very wet (or lost).  

I recommend having a towel and dry clothes on dry land for after the tour (in the car in Jenner).

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  • Anne

    I did go Monday night, and was actually warmer and less cloudy than Sunday, according to Suki. We saw some pockets of luminescent plankton, some large fish and a couple of harbor seals came to swim with us after dark. We saw some shooting stars and 3 fireballs from the Perseids. No whales, although I was hoping for one. The other people on the tour were nice people but younger and more fit than I - so I think I should plan adventures with an older crowd. I think I might fit in better! :-)

    August 13, 2013

  • deb

    Psychedelic!!!!

    1 · August 12, 2013

    • Anne

      thanks!

      August 12, 2013

    • Joya H

      You never know about the fog on the coast, it is fairly constant and this year is heavier than usual according to WaterTreks.

      1 · August 12, 2013

  • Anne

    So I was not able to go yesterday with you all because the tour group did not have any more single kayaks, and i was unable to get hooked up with a person who wanted to double up at the last minute. I have decided to try for the tour tonight, instead, but am wondering how it went, and if the sky was too cloudy to see the Perseids? Also, How cold was it?

    August 12, 2013

    • Joya H

      Hope you are able to do the tour tonight. My feet and lower legs got wet and cold, closed boat shoes/booties might more suitable than water sandals, and/or a sit inside kayak. Getting out of the boat and in shallow water is a necessity, and doing this in the dark was a bit risky and mucky. Take a good little flashlight, but use it as little as possible because it interferes with seeing the "sparkle".

      1 · August 12, 2013

  • Joya H

    I posted my photos. Enjoy.

    Sorry about the delay in getting on the water. I think WaterTreks is not accustomed to having such a large group at night, seems like they would have done better with a group of about 5 boats. But Suki was great at finding good areas of bioluminescence, it takes experience to do that. And she knows the behavior of the estuary and kept us safe from being swept out to sea with the tide.

    With the fresh water coming in from the Russian River, the bioplankton get diluted, this does not happen in Tomales Bay, so the "sparkles" were awesome and everywhere. I went with a Point Reyes Outdoors tour a few weeks ago for their biolum tour and they were very organized and managed two groups on the water well with knowledgeable and personable guides. It was $90 per person and you had to use their boats--tandem, sit inside, with rudders. They supplied spray skirts and windbreakers.

    1 · August 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I called WaterTreks and let them know I'm coming. I'm bringing my own kayak. See you there. Thanks Patty Ann Foley

    August 11, 2013

    • Joya H

      Thanks for calling and letting me know, sorry you missed being with us, hope to Meetup with you soon.

      August 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My truck is not starting and my mechanic is not nearby. I am sorry, but have no way to get there now. I will miss a great adventure. Have fun guys.

    August 11, 2013

  • Joya H

    This is going to be fun! The meteor shower, the bioplankton, the water and weather conditions are all quite favorable for tonight. You can reach me on my cell if you have questions, concerns, delays, etc. Joya: [masked]-2273.

    The Locals Restaurant: [masked]
    90 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa
    carpool leaves at 5:30pm

    WaterTrek: [masked]
    10438 Hwy 1, Jenner
    be there by 6:30pm

    Dress in layers, wear water sandals or boat shoes, no flip-flops.

    August 11, 2013

  • Anne

    PS. I am not an experienced kayaker - does that matter?

    August 9, 2013

    • Joya H

      You might want to be in a tandem kayak. And yes please make your reservation with WaterTreks. To connect with more folks going on the trip, see the posting on the North Bay Kayakers Meetup site

      1 · August 10, 2013

    • Anne

      Hi! I called them and they said they have no more single kayaks available, but if someone will double with me then I can go. How do I arrange for someone to double with me? Is there anyone out there looking to double up in a kayak?

      August 10, 2013

  • Joya H

    Sounds like most of you have reservations with WaterTreks. I don't know what Anne's plans are. WaterTreks is predicting clear skies for the meteor shower and calm water with lots of interesting plankton activity. Remember to dress in layers and wear appropriate footwear (water sandals or boat shoes).

    I'm expecting about 10 people from the North Bay Kayakers, most with their own kayaks.

    Looking forward to a great evening on the water!

    1 · August 9, 2013

    • deb

      I am the Marin person. I am carpoolimg with someone from the east bay. We can see if there is enough room. Please email your phone

      August 10, 2013

    • Sally

      [masked] thank you

      August 10, 2013

  • Anne

    Oh! I didnt know we needed to make reservations! Sorry! :-) I'll call tomorrow....

    August 9, 2013

  • Kendra

    Sorry I have to back out - as much as I would love to do this my finances are telling me I can't.

    August 5, 2013

    • Joya H

      So sorry you're not coming, I know you really wanted to do this paddle. Maybe next time.

      August 6, 2013

    • Kendra

      Yea sort of bummed about it but I know my creditors would not accept that as an excuse! Not sure why not though...

      August 6, 2013

  • Sally

    This sounds really fun!

    August 5, 2013

  • Carl H. I.

    Rats! This conflicts with the new (and final) season of "Breaking Bad." I think I'm going to have to bail. Gotta get my "Breaking Bad" fix.

    August 4, 2013

    • Carl H. I.

      I have an ancient DVD/VHS machine I've never learned to record on. Besides, it's part of the experience to watch it as scheduled with the millions of other Breaking Bad fanatics.

      1 · August 4, 2013

    • wendy

      yep...i understand completely

      August 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    shoot. i simply can't afford it. enjoy!

    1 · August 2, 2013

    • wendy

      me neither, this time

      August 3, 2013

  • deb

    Anyone coming from Marin?

    August 2, 2013

  • Janet S.

    I have to work Sunday. Grrrr. So I have to cancel.

    August 2, 2013

    • Joya H

      Sorry you will miss this one, hope to see you on another adventure!

      August 2, 2013

  • Joya H

    With the RSVPs so far (10+ with Bay Area Kayakers), we should be able to get the $60-70/person rate and $20 less if bringing your own kayak. WaterTreks has issues with inflatables, so talk to them to make sure they are okay with yours. You might need to be persistent in calling before getting a live person on the phone, they will be busy this weekend, I'm sure.

    August 2, 2013

  • Joya H

    I've posted this on Bay Area Kayakers, the count is up to 14!

    August 2, 2013

  • hollie

    Be sure to call and register and give them all your info re kayak needs. It's a drive out there and I'm sure we'll want to choose a car pool meetup site/s.

    August 2, 2013

  • Patrice D.

    This sounds like a very interesting experience. I have looked through their website and have been unable to find something about recommended "evening attire." I imagine it will be cold and wet. Wondering if I would need to dig out my 7ml wetsuit and booties or if they provide waterproof float coats or ?? Has anyone done this or any night time kayaking?

    July 29, 2013

    • Joya H

      Hi Patrice--see information I just added to the tour description above and let me know if you have more questions or concerns.

      July 31, 2013

  • Anne

    Always wanted to see the Perseids - seems like a great adventure!

    July 27, 2013

  • Kendra

    Joya...thanks so much for putting this together!

    July 27, 2013

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