Kayak and Clean-Up of Alviso Slough (rescheduled from September 21)

We'll paddle up Alviso Slough on a 10 ft+ tide possibly as as far as 3-4 miles, depending on conditions, for Coastal Cleanup Day (makeup) 2013. We'll paddle by the South Bay Yacht Club, the flood control gates, and watch the environment turn from saltwater slough to fresh water river. There are often lots of birds to see--one year we were visited by a golden eagle. We may even get a glimpse of the slough's elusive beavers. Once we've gone far enough we'll stop for a snack and wait for the tide to turn. We'll be riding the tide both ways.

www.sloughkeepers.org will provide garbage bags, and kayak barges for hauling out trash.

This is a chance to paddle an interesting environment, and is good for all levels of kayakers, even beginners. There are no rentals nearby, so you'll have to bring your own kayak or arrange for a drive-away rental.

The new Alviso Marina is a great place to launch from with both high and low docks, a boat ramp, and bathroom facilities in the lower parking lot. The launching facilities are in the upper parking lot.

Please arrive early and be on the water by 11:00am. The current on these Fall tides is substantial, so the launch time depends on being able to ride the tide both ways.

This is a chance for all kayakers to give a little something back to the waterways we all enjoy so much.

There are often clumps of reeds that jam up in parts of the slough. In the past we have nearly always been able to bust through these clumps, but sometimes it is a little work, and there is the slight chance we will not get as far as we would like. But it is very slight. I am offering this in the interest of full disclosure.

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  • John M.

    Great day and cleanup crew, though our heads were down working for most of the time. I like the idea of rafting up (or getting out) for lunch or a snack during the course of the day, so we can spend some time together, so I'd be in favor of formalizing that as part of the day.

    3 · November 2, 2013

    • WW

      yes, that's a great idea. otherwise we don't get to talk to everybody.

      November 3, 2013

    • Liz

      I agree!

      November 4, 2013

  • Dana A

    Could someone explain the "Good to see you!" thing? I'm not up to speed!
    Dana

    November 3, 2013

    • WW

      Meetup?

      November 3, 2013

    • Liz

      Same here, I clicked the buttons because it seemed to want me to, and, it *was* good to see everyone.

      November 4, 2013

  • I. Craig N.

    I saw the scale in operation. :-) What was the weight of trash we pulled out?

    November 4, 2013

    • Liz

      160 pounds!

      November 4, 2013

  • Dana A

    Eric,
    a press release to San Jose Mercury News with photo of group and trash could work, in addition to any other web sites you wish to send that photo!

    November 4, 2013

  • Pat

    Thank you all for allowing me to join your group event. I cam home tired and inspired. Didn't realize the impact of "Styrofoam" on the environment till I saw it floating...everywhere.

    November 4, 2013

  • Eric N.

    1 · November 3, 2013

  • Bart C.

    Great weather. Always a great spot in right tides. Unfortunately, I had to bail out at the beginning, but I know the rest of you had a good time.

    2 · November 2, 2013

    • Eric N.

      I hope you are feeling better!

      November 2, 2013

    • WW

      awww, sorry you couldn't join us. but please do let us know when you want to do a Foster City paddle.

      November 3, 2013

  • Dana A

    Normally I have felt that I shouldn't have to clean up after other people since I don't make a habit of littering. This paddle gave me direct experience with just how much stuff is in the water that shouldn't be there. As a result, I plan to bring a bag with me every time I'm on the water and pick up trash when I see it. It was good seeing people "giving back," and some paddlers were exceptionally talented at collecting trash! :>)

    1 · November 3, 2013

  • Liz

    It was a great day, warm and sunny and current in our favor in both directions! Thanks for arranging this, Eric!

    2 · November 2, 2013

  • John M.

    @Pat: I looked briefly for water temps for that area, and I couldn't find anything current (govt. shutdown fallout?). The closest I could get are typical temps. at Redwood City at the end of SEP; 69 degrees. I dress for extended immersion, so I'll bring my farmer johns to the put-in, but my guess is that I'll end up wearing my spray skirt, shorts, water shoes, a polyester shirt and my PFD, and I'll carry a nylon paddling jacket in my day hatch, in case it's cool or breezy. Hope that helps.

    November 1, 2013

  • Eric N.

    I rarely wear a wetsuit on alviso slough, but always in Monterey. Avoid anything cotton. Bring layers. Wear a polyester shirt, bring a fleece top, and paddling jacket in case. Sunscreen and hat always. Thats just my opinion.

    November 1, 2013

  • Dana A

    Is this paddle limited to shorter boats, or can an ocean touring boat maneuver OK through Alviso Slough (@14-15ft length)?

    October 12, 2013

    • Pat

      John, as a "newbee" I'm not sure how I should dress for the Slough. Any advice?

      November 1, 2013

    • Bart C.

      Pat, others who live closer (or Eric himself, who knows this slough well) can tell you. This is not terribly cold water and the air temp will warm up considerably. I'm taking a FJ in my car, but doubt that I'll want something that hot when launch rolls around. It is predicted to be about 57 degrees but feel more like 60+ to start, then get up to about 66+. Check accuweather.com before you leave home to be sure. Layer.

      November 1, 2013

  • WW

    Looking forward to this! the weather is cooperating this time. just confirming that we should get there by 10am to be ready to launch by 11am?

    November 1, 2013

    • Eric N.

      Arrive by 10am, everybody on the water and paddling at 11am. See you there!

      November 1, 2013

  • Eric N.

    Weather looking good. Fingers crossed!

    October 27, 2013

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