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San Pablo Dam Reservoir offers some of the best flat water kayaking and canoeing in the East Bay. The shoreline is 14 miles long. There are many birds and other creatures to see. San Pablo’s six-lane boat launch facility is open daily for kayaks and canoes. It is on the far end of the reservior AWAY from the dam. All boats must be inspected before launch to prevent Quagga Mussels from entering EBMUD waters. Robert Skapura will lead this paddle. Parking is $7.00 Launch is $4.00 Boat Inspection is $6.00, but is good for 30 days. We will paddle southeast as far as we can, then reverse our direction and return to the launch for lunch. You can leave your food, drinks in your vehicle. There are picnic tables at the launch Meet up at 10:00am. On the water at 10:30am. Total distance is a little more than 5 miles. The put-in is 1.6 miles from the Orinda entrance. Drive until you get to the water.
Meet 9 am, on the water by 9:30 am. Finish by 4 pm This may be the most beautiful paddle in the area winding through wild, open ranch land to a gorgeous beach on the Ocean that is not accessible by car. The paddle is 12 miles round trip - longer than usual. We will move at an easy but steady pace and we need to keep everyone together. There are no places to get out of the boat before the beach. Consider your speed and stamina. Bring a snack! Note: This trip is limited to 20 paddlers. PLEASE only sign up if you definitely plan to attend. There is very limited parking and launching space. Bring wheels if you have them. • What to bring A snack to eat while paddling - drinking water - standard canoe/kayak gear. Lunch, something to share is nice. Something to sit on at the beach. Rain gear -- warm clothes - no cotton please - shoes that can get wet. • Important to know The launch site is totally unimproved - no beach, dock, toilets, etc. - it can be awkward getting in and out of a boat - not recommended for those with mobility issues. Paddle 2 hours each way - there is no place to get out before the beach. No inflatable boats. No boats less than 12'. This trip is not recommended for beginner paddlers or children. The water is mostly protected but strong winds are common and significant waves can kick up. Generally we have a tail wind on the return. We have done this paddle several times with no problems. Directions: From town of Valley Ford, turn left/south, just past Dinucci's Italian Dinners onto Valley Ford Road/Franklin School Road. Drive south for 1 mile to the bridge over the Estero. Immediately past the bridge turn left onto Marsh Road, then immediately turn left onto dirt track parallel to bridge. There is a small area to unload near the water. Please unload quickly and move your car to Marsh Road. GPS coordinates: 38 degrees 18’ 34.19” N 122 degrees 56’ 9.31 W Rain or strong winds will cancel, light rain maybe okay. Check your email the night before for information and updates regarding this trip. 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.
Campsite # 80 in the Icehouse Upper Campground Address (nearest GPS) 9199 Icehouse Rd, Pollock Pines, CA 95726. Our base camp is at Icehouse Reservoir Upper campground, located just 12 miles off Hwy 50 in the Sierra Nevada, elevation about 5400'. Paddling Schedules: (more information will be sent prior to the trip) Wed. 6/26 Icehouse Reservoir, 8 miles Thur. 6/27 Wrights Lake, 5 miles (bring cart/wheels) Fri. 6/28 Icehouse Reservoir, 8 miles Sat. 6/29 Union Valley Reservoir, 9 miles Sun. 6/30 Loon Lake (wind conditions permitting) or Gerle Lake Mon. 7/1 Union Valley Reservoir, 12 miles Tue. 7/2 Icehouse Reservoir, 8 miles Wed. 7/3 depart for home Meet at 9:30 AM at each designated site. We launch at 10:00 AM. For folks wanting a little more help, I will depart from the Icehouse Boat Ramp at 9:00 AM each day. You can follow me in your vehicle. Camping: This campground fills up during the summer. I recommend making reservations right away. Make your own reservations at www.recreation.gov. There are single sites, $25/night ($12.50 with senior pass) that can hold 2 vehicles and up to 6 people. You can call [masked]) to make reservations by phone. Facilities: Firewood is sold on-site and a nearby resort (2 miles) offers a restaurant, gas and limited groceries. The campground has 84 sites and many can accommodate large RV's. There are no electrical hookups but each site has a picnic table, fire grills and drinking water nearby. Vault toilets are the norm. Coin-operated showers are available at Union Valley Reservoir about 15 minutes away. Firewood can be purchased from the camp host, about $10 per bundle. Directions: Take high way 50 east from Sacramento, continue through Placerville, then through Pollock Pines. About 9 miles east of Pollock Pines, you'll see a sign indicating directions to 'Crystal Basin Recreation Area' and Ice House Road. Take that road (left off the highway) for about 10 miles. You'll see a sign for Ice House Resort, then continue about 1 more mile and follow the sign (right turn) to Ice House Lake and the Campground. The nearest address for your GPS is Icehouse Lake Resort, 9199 Ice House Rd, Pollock Pines, CA 95726. . Temperatures: In June the daytime temps will be 68 to 80 degrees; night temp in the mountains can be 45 to 58 degrees this time of year. Come prepared for warm temps during the day and cool temps in the evening. Cabins: cabins available at Ice House Resort (General store and restaurant). Reservations[masked], rooms for about $90 per night. Motels in Pollock Pines, about 25 minutes from Icehouse Lake: Best Western[masked] from $125 Westhaven Inn[masked] from $91 Kayak\Canoe\Swimming: There are 5 High Sierra lakes within a 15 mile radius of our base camp. Over 40 miles of shoreline to paddle and explore. Toilets are available at the launch areas. Pack a lunch; we will stop along the shore for a lunch break. Water temp is about 60 degrees. Fishing: The trout fishing here is usually good. The trout are about 12", some up to 18". Use can fish with eggs, night crawler worms, power bait, lures, whatever you like. Please supply your own fishing gear, tackle, and yes you'll need a fishing license. Many people fish from shore, others use canoes, float tubes, kayaks or power boats. The store at Icehouse Resort is about 1 1/2 miles from the campground and has limited supplies of food, bait and other fishing items. Hiking: There are many trailheads into the Desolation Wilderness within 20 minutes driving from here. There are dozens of hikes ranging from easy to strenuous. Bring map, compass, GPS, and whatever you like to take hiking. More info will be sent 2 days prior to the start date.
Meet at 10:30 AM, on the water by 11:00 AM. Finish by 4 PM This is a later start than usual, in order to catch the tides. This is an easy urban out into Redwood Creek and up through Smith Slough. Total distance will about 6 miles. There are two docks and a ramp, plus a low-freeboard dock. There is no charge for launch. You can drop your boat and then go across the street to park. No wheels are necessary. A picnic area is located adjacent to the marina offices. The area contains four picnic tables, set among a grass lawn and trees. Bring lunch and drinks, and they can be left in your vehicle until our return. Trash cans and recycling bins are provided at the picnic area and outside the restrooms. Bathrooms and free parking is available in a large lot north of the site. California Canoe and Kayak rents kayaks right across the street from the launch area. They open at 10 AM. [masked] Seaport Ct, Redwood City, CA 94063 Rain or bad weather will cancel this trip. Check your email Friday evening for updated information and changes. We must pass the Smith Slough restrictor at high tide (at Wharf 5), or not.