What we're about

This group is for good recreational canoe and kayak paddlers. We feature paddling with friendly people once you know the basics. However, we are not a guide service and do not offer lessons, therefore you must already have basic paddling skills.

Our trips are intended to be friendly and social for people who have paddling experience. Trips vary from easy, appropriate for almost anyone, to trips which require a moderate level of physical fitness and Intermediate boating skill. We seldom do "advanced" level trips. However, all paddlers must expect and be prepared for sudden changes in weather and currents which are common in the SF Bay Area.

Most trips are appropriate for canoes and kayaks. Canoes of 15 to 17 feet are common and touring kayaks not less than 12 feet, most trips do not allow folding or inflatable boats. Our trips are three to five hours long and between five and twelve miles in length, and include a lunch stop along the shore. We paddle reservoirs, lakes, rivers, SF Bay, creeks, sloughs, and estuaries.

To join us you need basic skills including getting in and out of your boat, paddling in a straight line and being able to steer and control your boat in windy conditions. You should be in normal physical condition, able to paddle at an easy pace for an hour or two at a stretch without a real break. You need to be able to climb unassisted in and out of your boat in a variety of places, including steep banks, high docks, etc., and you must be able to keep pace with other paddlers.

Canoe and Kayak Paddlers is totally non-commercial. We are not a guide service. All activities are simply opportunities for boaters with appropriate skills to paddle together. The trip coordinators are not required to have training in boating or outdoor safety or carry emergency equipment. We are not experts.

All water sports are potentially dangerous. Participants must assess the appropriateness of their own physical condition, skills, and equipment for any activity, and make their own decisions about safety. If you are not sure if your skills and equipment are appropriate for a trip discuss it with the trip coordinator before starting on a trip. We recommend that all paddlers take lessons in boat handling, safety, and rescue.

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5 X 5 X 5 FOR HOPE - JUNE 5 – JULY 5, 2021

748 Mercy St

DO 5 Kilometers – Run, bike, walk, hike, skate, paddle, or whatever you enjoy. Unicycle? Get creative!
DONATE $5 (or more if you like) RECRUIT 5 FRIENDS

Please Support Hope‘s Corner‘s free meal and shower/laundry programs for vulnerable folks in need.

Your donation of $5 or more, supports the work of Hope’s Corner in Mountain View. All donations are paid to a site named MightyCause which provides a payment service for non-profits. After July 5, 2021, the money is transferred to the non-profit bank, Hope's Corner in downtown Mountain View.

Donate by pasting this link to your browser: https://www.mightycause.com/story/E7g37f
About Hope’s Corner
Hope's Corner became an independent 501 (c)(3) non-profit in 2015. Hope's Corner began as neighborhood outreach program. Our wonderful volunteers include members of many different faith communities, youth and adults from other service organizations and members of the community.

What Hope’s Corner Does
People are hungry in our community. Even if employed, people earning minimum wage cannot afford both rent and food. People who are unhoused need not only a meal, but a place to feel welcomed. Hope’s Corner is addressing these needs every Saturday between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. by providing a nutritious breakfast and providing a bag lunch for each person to take. In addition, we began offering free showers on Saturday mornings. Our numbers have grown from a few dozen in our beginning in 2011 to now serving over 200 people every Saturday before 2020, and now, with the addition of a Wednesday meal beginning in April 2020, we are now serving over 700 people each week. Besides food, we provide a place for people to feel welcomed and build community. We collaborate with Second Harvest Food Bank, Community Services Agency, Peninsula Food Runners, Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange and others to help the people we serve connect with other available services.
Hope’s Corner is located at 748 Mercy St., Mountain View CA[masked]

Get on the "GOING LIST" now !

Online event

Starting in 2021, all Canoe and Kayak Paddler members shall provide an annual Liability Waiver to participate. When you sign up to attend an event, you will be placed on the “wait list.” After we verify your current liability waiver (this may take some time), Meetup can move you to the “going” list on a space available basis in the order you signed up. Email [masked] for waiver information.

5th Annual High Sierra Trip - June 9 to 21

Fashoda Way & Ice House Road


A 2021 Waiver is required to attend all our events.
Email [masked] for waiver information.

Find us in Campsite # 70 at Sunset-Union Valley Campground at Union Valley Reservoir

Google Map location: intersection Fashoda Way and Ice House Rd. 95726

Our base camp this year is again at Sunset-Union Valley Campground, located just 17 miles off Hwy 50 in the Sierra Nevada, elevation about 4900'. There are 5 lakes within a 15 mile radius with over 40 miles of shoreline to explore.

Website: Information and Campground Maps:

Camping: This campground fills up during the summer. Reservations open at 7AM, 6 months from YOUR ARRIVAL DATE at https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/232083. There are single sites, $28/night ($14 with senior pass) that can hold 2 vehicles and up to 6 people, or call [masked]) to make reservations. You are responsible for your own reservations, meals and camping equipment. Additional camping available at nearby Fashoda Campground, on a first come first serve basis, no reservations.

Here is a website for a company that rents all types of camping vehicles
https://www.jucyusa.com/ some include small kitchens.

Facilities: The Sunset campground has 131 sites, and many can accommodate large RV's, NO electrical hookups. Each site has picnic table, fire grill and drinking water nearby. Vault toilets are the norm. Coin-operated showers are available. Firewood can be purchased from the camp host, about $10 per bundle. Nearby Icehouse Resort (6 miles) offers a few cabins, restaurant, gas, and limited groceries.

Nearby the Fashoda Campground has 30 sites for tents only and is next to Sunset Campground. Nearby Icehouse Campground has 82 camp sites.
Toilets are available at the launch areas. Pack a lunch; we will stop along the shore to eat. Hint: During the lunch break we have a paddling game, and an opportunity for you to practice rescue skills. Wear something suitable to get wet.

Tentative Paddling Schedule: (more information will be sent prior to the trip)
Date Day Location Distance
6/9 Wed travel day arrive in camp no paddle scheduled
6/10 Thur Loon Lake 8 miles, MODERATE
6/11 Fri Union Res. Loop 1-8 miles EASY
6/12 Sat Union Res. Loop 2- 12 miles EASY+
6/13 Sun Icehouse 8 miles EASY
6/14 Mon Wrights Lake 6 miles EASY
6/15 Tue Union Res. Loop 1 or 2- 8 or 12 miles EASY+
6/16 Wed Loon Lake 8 miles MODERATE
6/17 Thur Union Res. Loop 1- 8 miles EASY
6/18 Fri Wrights Lake 6 miles EASY
6/19 Sat Union Res. Loop 2- 12 miles EASY+
6/20 Sun Icehouse Res 8 miles EASY
6/21 Mon travel day drive home no paddle scheduled

Meet at 9:30 AM at the designated launch site. We launch OTW at 10:00 AM, trip length will be between 4 to 5 hours.

Directions: Take highway 50 east from Sacramento, through Placerville, and through Pollock Pines. Continue east on Hwy 50, 8.3 miles to the Crystal Basin Recreation Area sign. Turn left onto Icehouse Road and go 14 miles to Fashoda Way. Turn left drive to the campground/boat ramp.

PLEASE READ THIS: The organizers of this trip are not experts, not professional paddlers and do not necessarily have safety training or carry any safety equipment. Each paddler must have the training, experience and equipment required to complete this paddle safely, and must assume all personal risks. A Coast Guard approved life jacket or Personal Flotation Device must be worn by everyone while on the water, no exceptions. !

Note: If you have NOT signed a Liability Waiver for 2021, please click on the link below, print, sign and email or send me the Waiver. Children and guests must provide a separate waiver.
Email: [masked]
USPS Mail to: Ken N, 357 Bodega St., Foster City, CA[masked]http://www.marincanoeclub.org/Marin_C+K_Waiver_2021.pdf

Foster City Lagoon - Trip Rated: EASY, 7 miles

860 Bounty Dr

A 2021 Liability Waiver is required to get on the "GOING" list. Email [masked] for waiver info.

Nearest GPS address: 860 Bounty Drive, Foster City, 94404

Meetup 10 am, on the water at 10:30 am, finish about 3:30 pm

This is an EASY BEGINNER “urban” paddle. Foster City’s crown jewel is its beautiful Lagoon with its extensive 16 miles of water ways lined with beautiful houses and gardens. The city has their own pumping station to keep the Bay water-level constant, so that tides are not a factor.

We will paddle to the far western end of the lagoon and then back - about 7 miles round trip. Rain or strong winds will cancel this paddle. This trip is rated easy; available for all skill levels and crafts.

Boat Park is a 3.2 acre boat launching facility, including parking, picnic tables, and a lawn area. Parking and launch are free. You can drop your boat at the boat ramp and then find a parking space. There are restrooms near the launch.

Boat Park is at the intersection of Bounty Drive and Foster City Blvd. Access to the parking lot is on Bounty Drive.

PLEASE READ THIS: The organizers of this trip are not experts, not professional paddlers and do not necessarily have safety training or carry any safety equipment. Each paddler must have the training, experience and equipment required to complete this paddle safely, and must assume all personal risks. A Coast Guard approved life jacket or Personal Flotation Device must be worn by everyone while on the water.

Rain or strong winds will cancel, light rain maybe okay. Check your email the night before for information and updates regarding this trip.

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Practice Skills (FREE) for Canoe and Kayak Paddlers

860 Bounty Dr

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