Once again I am going to borrow from one of our members to describe one of the great paddles of the Bay Area. This time it is Eric Norris who has hosted a number of events out of Elkhorn.
Elkhorn Slough is one of the best places to kayak on the planet! Marine mammals, birds, and natural beauty abound.
Be on the beach in front of Monterey Bay Kayaks at 10am READY TO LAUNCH. After a 2-minute briefing we will head out for a leisurely paddle up the slough to a point just past Seal Bend. There we will either pause for lunch, or--if the group so desires--enter the funhouse maze of Rubis Creek for lunch and possible Coast Guard rescue (just kidding). (2013 note: his isn't kidding).
We'll ride the tide both directions, but if the afternoon winds kick up the paddle back could become an effort. This is an excellent paddle for beginners or experienced kayakers. If you don't own your own kayak you can rent from Monterey Bay Kayaks. It's best to reserve a kayak in advance as they do sell out on nice days. www.montereybaykayaks.com or[masked]-5357. If you are going to rent, please show up at MBK by 9:15am. If you are an absolute beginner, I recommend a sit-on-top kayak, and polyester underclothes. MBK will provide you with a wetsuit, PFD, paddle, and paddle jacket as part of their rental package. A wetsuit is always a good idea when paddling in cold water.
NOTE: We will not wait for stragglers. Please show the group the courtesy of being there on time ready to go. There will be experienced paddlers in this group, or the always friendly and knowledgeable staff of MBK, to help you out.
If you have a marine VHF transceiver, we will be on channel 72.
There is a fee for parking in the Moss Landing Harbor Parking Lot. Get an envelope from the rusty kiosk on the bathroom building, and deposit your parking fee there as well. Note that you need only pay for parking, not launching, as we will not be using the launch ramp.