Elkhorn Slough from Kirby Park

Paddle at high tide in January, putting in at Kirby Park. The paddle will be dependent on decent weather conditions. Bad weather cancels. It'd be great to be on the water by 11:00 AM, so arrive in time to be ready! Kirby has porta potty, and no boat fees. There's plenty of parking. People will need their own boats, and I'm limiting this paddle to 10 boats max, if that many are interested. Bring lunch, and extra clothing to keep warm. We will be on the water for a few hours, and adapt to group energy level.

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  • Michelle C

    I'm a strong paddler, I went all the way up, and didn't realize just how far that was. Other than not really being able to coast, the paddle back long but fine. Had the slough to myself for much of it, that was priceless beauty.

    January 21, 2014

  • Dana A

    Michelle:
    Was it OK paddling back against the tide?

    January 21, 2014

  • Michelle C

    Fantastic weather, friendly people, wonderful wildlife.... Perfect day!

    January 21, 2014

  • Mountain M.

    I was hoping I was going to feel better from the Flu, but still not feeling well enough, I need to cancel.

    January 19, 2014

    • Dana A

      Take care. Thanks for reply.

      January 19, 2014

  • MAG

    I'm afraid I'm going to need another 1-3 months too really recover. Have a great time at my favorite location!

    December 24, 2013

  • Mountain M.

    Gail, if you have a GPS in car or on phone, route to the city of Watsonville at the intersection of Kirby Rd and Elkhorn Rd and places you right at the road to the parking lot. You can also use these coordinates in a GPS to get there:[masked], -121.743720.

    -Mountain Mike

    December 14, 2013

    • MAG

      Gail, I used a TomTom to get there once, and it worked fine! As you get within 2 miles or so, it helped to drive a little slower to make sure I saw the street signs, confirming what TomTom was telling me.

      December 15, 2013

    • Gail G.

      Terrific! Thanks very much, see you there. g

      December 15, 2013

  • Dana A

    Answering several questions at once!
    Regarding start time: I'm fine with starting a little earlier if people want to do that. It's hard to predict wind issues. My sense is that the wind kicks up at noon more during summer time, but as soon as I say that, Mother Nature will mock me! :>)

    Regarding itinerary: We could ride the tide in further toward RR bridge for @1.5 miles or so, and turn back and head toward Rubis Creek area (without going into the creek) and return to Kirby. Eating lunch could be done in our boats. If some people want a break, they can get out at Kirby when we drift back to that area. My experience is that the tides aren't super strong in that part of the slough, so paddling against the tide at times isn't a problem. We will have enough water with high tide.

    The Elkhorn Slough Visitor's center is at 1700 Elkhorn Rd., so you can get a very general idea of the area. Kirby Park is north of the Visitor's Center. Thanks for the GPS info MM.

    Dana

    December 15, 2013

  • Gail G.

    Not sure how to get to Kirby Park. Can someone please add specific directions (aimed at a person who can get lost in her own back yard)? Thanks

    December 14, 2013

  • Eric N.

    Are you planning to go down to Moss or up to the RR bridge?

    December 14, 2013

  • MAG

    Out of hospital a few days ago, so will depend on strength. I'd also suggest earlier launch, because wind picks up later, but 11AM would work. Thank you!

    December 14, 2013

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