Elkhorn Slough & Rubis Creek

Rich marine and avian life (sea otters, sea lions and harbor seals galore); open slough + pickleweed maze will make for two different experiences. Good gear and convenient rental, change facility and opportunity to rinse off boats and gear @ MBK (kudos to them).

We'll target being on the water at 10 a.m. Good tides (high of 4.77 ft. at Hwy 1 at 13:17) and hefty flows, in and out (the paddle in will be a "limo ride"). If the winds are up, the return paddle can challenge weak paddlers, though the tide will help.

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  • Barry M.

    What a great paddle! I swear those pelican's were messing with us by intentionally flying directly over our heads but thankfully none of us took a direct "hit".

    Overall a great day (and first Meetup for me with the group) with excellent company. Thanks for the conversations John, Jenny, Liz Craig, Martin and Pat! Looking forward to seeing more folks on the water on another paddle.

    Cheers!

    June 16, 2013

  • John M.

    An unusual day for wildlife (aren't they all, in the slough?). It was pelican time for us: many hundreds around the slough, and at several points the sky was full of them (including once when we were right under them as a crowd flocked into the air). They're the epitome of grace in the air. It was overcast and cool all day, but nice. We "took the limo" up to Kirby Park (hefty tide and a mild wind behind us) and got out for lunch, then paddled back to Rubis Creek, where our timing got us to the shallow point just at the right time to get through the entire creek. We met an otter mom and her pup in the creek, and she didn't take them off anywhere...a little disturbing, given how protective they are. Still, mother nature *very* close up (maybe twenty feet), as we eased on by, single file, trying to be as inconspicuous as possible. It was a long paddle--probably 9-10 miles--but a delightful one with thoroughly enjoyable fellow travelers.

    June 16, 2013

  • Martin F.

    Excellent...great group of kayak enthusiasts. Thank you John and Jenny for the welcome mat. Don't know how you pulled it off John, but nice touch to have otters show up in the creek for Pat's viewing pleasure :)

    June 16, 2013

  • Jerry O.

    My family has just left and I am way behind in so many things.

    June 14, 2013

  • Martin F.

    Driving from Walnut Creek in the East Bay. Anyone need a ride...or conversely have space and I can carpool with?..besides sparing the air and the road of yet another car I'll will help with gas money!

    June 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to cancel last minute. Just found out an old friend is in town tomorrow. I hope to make it next time!

    June 14, 2013

  • Barry M.

    My Saturday opened up and so I'm looking forward to joining you all on this great paddle! See you Saturday morning!

    June 13, 2013

  • Liz

    Will we be taking a stop somewhere to eat lunch in our kayaks?

    June 12, 2013

    • John M.

      The short answer is yes. Where is more complicated. There isn't a spot to get out of your boat, except at Kirby Park, which is a ways up the slough. Given the hefty tide into the slough in the morning, we might just go up to Kirby and eat lunch there. That would get us back down to Rubis Creek at a good time to get through it. On shorter trips (e.g., only up to and through the creek), we just eat in our kayaks.

      June 12, 2013

    • Liz

      No problem, I don't really care where we eat, I'm happy to eat in my kayak on the water, we usually do that. I just wanted to make sure there would be a break to eat, I don't think I could go til 3 w/o eating :-)

      June 12, 2013

  • Dana A

    I was going to add to the kayak boat types discussion...The shorter open deck boats will go slower than a longer, closed deck touring boat. So, if you rent a small, open deck, don't think it's your paddling that makes you slower. MBK used to require a class to rent out the closed deck boats, but I'm sure they'll tell you that when you rent.

    June 12, 2013

  • Patricia

    Hi John, I really appreciate your words of encouragement and more details about the trip.. I hope I wont have to be towed! Friday is my last day of school/work, what a way to celebrate! Perhaps I should make reservations for a kayak and wet clothes? Is there only one kind of kayak to rent? Sorry for all the questions... Look forward to meeting all of you......!!!!

    June 11, 2013

    • John M.

      Hi Patricia,
      There are a bunch of kayak types. The two that are probably most useful to you now are the closed deck (sit inside) and open deck (sit-on-top) kayaks. The former are a little tippier but are more streamlined (ergo, less effort to propel). The open decks are more stable but are generally wetter for your body, and you're a little more prominent in the wind (which is the wild card in how much effort it will be to paddle home). The folks at Monterey Bay Kayaks are knowledgeable and very helpful and will work with you to figure out the best solution for you. You'll get gear from them with a kayak rental (Farmer John wet suit, personal flotation device, paddling jacket, etc., as needed). Check their web site for more detailed information.

      June 12, 2013

  • Patricia

    Liz, Thank you also for your words of encourgement! I look forward to meeting you!

    June 11, 2013

  • Patricia

    I would really like to go on this trip, but I have only kyaked about a dozen times, and do not own a kayak, is it possible to rent a kayak in Monterey and join this group? How difficult is this for people who have limited experience , like myself.? I have been wanting to get into kayaking more.

    June 10, 2013

    • John M.

      Hi Patricia. You can rent a kayak right there at the put in, in Moss Landing (Monterey Bay Kayaks, address above). This is not open ocean, so swells and surf and big wind waves won't be an issue. The issue will be winds and tide on the way back. If we time it right, the tide won't be a big factor, so it comes down to the wind. If it's high, you'll be working hard. On the plus side, there will be several of us who can give you a tow, if you're pooped.

      June 11, 2013

    • Liz

      Hi Patricia, I have limited experience too, just got my kayak this spring. I've been on one outing with this meetup group and they had all different levels of paddlers, and it worked out fine with some people zooming off ahead and some lagging behind, with a group leader at the back to make sure no one was left behind. I was the one at the back of the pack and no one gave me a hard time about it.

      June 11, 2013

  • John M.

    High tide at the bridge is 4:46 (don't know where I got 1:17). This might affect our transit of the creek (looks like the levels we'll need happen in the twos). We might go to the far end and start back, to see what it's like at the tricky spot. The "limo ride" will be on the way in, so I'd vote for a leisurely paddle in, with lots of pauses to watch the wildlife, and time our return for mid-to-late afternoon, depending on people's schedules.

    June 10, 2013

  • Dana A

    Just wondering if anyone has paddled through Rubis Creek when the tides were lower. Isn't high tide at 5:00 PM on that day? I seem to remember something about sticking to the right and inland route once you're in there, but I'm not sure if that's true. The slough keeps changing too.

    June 9, 2013

    • Jenny S.

      Safe rule of thumb is not to go in the creek unless you've got a +3 ft tide when you enter the creek. Lower than that gets tricky and often leads to kayaks getting stuck in the mud. Water levels drop in the creek surprisingly fast due to tide.

      June 9, 2013

  • Dana A

    Looking forward to it.

    June 8, 2013

  • Brett & G.

    My favorite place also! So much wildlife! If what I have going on the 15th cancels, Brett & I may be able to attend. Has anyone paddled the Mammoth Lakes? We're going there this weekend and will attempt to fish from our kayaks.

    June 2, 2013

  • Liz

    Craig and I will be there!

    June 2, 2013

  • John M.

    People aren't breaking down the doors for June 15th. Would June 9th be a better date, gang?

    May 23, 2013

    • John M.

      Need a couple of guys from New Jersey to "talk" with Craig? ;^)

      1 · May 30, 2013

    • John M.

      Hi All,
      I'm sticking with the 15th, in case there's any lack of clarity. We were out on the slough at sunup this morning. There were pelicans and herons and cranes galore. There are also bunches of harbor seal and sea lion pups and the regular sea otters, seals and sea lions. Come on down!

      June 1, 2013

  • Eric N.

    Out of town. Bummer. FYI there is an ESF paddle June 8

    May 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone,

    I'm new to the group and have been wanting to visit the slough for a long time. I don't have a kayak of my own. Can anyone tell me if there are rentals? If someone in the group has an extra one to share I'm happy to pay you in smiles and by sharing a lovely lunch I bring. Thanks,

    Jossie

    May 30, 2013

    • John M.

      Hi Jossilyn, We'll be gathering at the beach used by Monterey Bay Kayaks, which rents kayaks and good gear (in case no one has an extra kayak and gear).

      May 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for the tip, John. I will rent one if I need to. If anyone is inclined to share, I will not refuse. :)

      May 30, 2013

  • Jerry O.

    Hi John, I believe my friend Dave and his son will be joining us. I have changed my RSVP to add two guests.

    May 30, 2013

  • Michelle C

    I'm bummed I have to miss this.

    May 28, 2013

  • MAG

    If anyone would like to paddle Elkhorn, MLK Park, or similar location before June 15 (I'll be out of town), please let me know. Thank you! : )

    May 23, 2013

  • MAG

    My favorite location! Unfortunately won't be able to attend because we'll be driving back taking son home from college that day. Have a great time!

    May 22, 2013

  • Jerry O.

    I think I can make this paddle John. (Just coming off vacation with the Grand kids so I may have some residual things to do, but I will let you know(.

    May 21, 2013

    • John M.

      If we can get someone else to sweep, you, Jenny and I might lead, and we can show you how to get through the Creek. That's a fun part of the trip, but it's also easy to get lost in there.

      May 21, 2013

    • Jerry O.

      Sounds great.

      May 21, 2013

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    May 20, 2013

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