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, our trips do not allow folding boats, inflatable boats or SUP's. Our trips are three to five hours long and between six 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. A life jacket must be worn while on the water.

Our goals:
·        Share paddling as a safe, enjoyable, and congenial experience
·        Introduce members to new places to paddle
·        Create opportunities for members to increase their paddling proficiency
·        Offer a central communication hub through our website
·        Provide social, informational, and recreational gatherings associated with the sport of paddling

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Silver Lake Hiking and Paddle

Needs a location

THIS PADDLE IS FULL, THANK YOU !

Your 2022 Waiver is required to attend all our events.
Email [masked] for waiver information.

No inflatable boats or SUP's. Folding boats okay.

Find us: Campsite: site 13, July 15 to 17: site 26 July 17 to 21

GPS Address at the Resort NEAR the Campground:
32161 Kit Carson Rd., Kit Carson, CA 95644

Boat Ramp/Parking address: Kays Rd., Kit Carson, CA 95644

THIS IS A HIKING AND PADDLING TRIP, SEE SCHEDULE BELOW

Linda and I hope you can join us for another High Sierra get-away week at beautiful Silver Lake EAST campground. The campground with 41 sites is situated at the base of Thunder Mountain at an elevation of 7,200 feet, on the north-EAST end of beautiful Silver Lake. Silver Lake covers 200 acres in a large granite basin surrounded by a forest of mixed conifers. The lake's mirror-like waters are known to reflect the colors of the sky above, attracting paddlers, hikers, and photographers to its scenic shores.

Website: Information and campground map: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/eldorado/recarea/?recid=78522

Facilities: Vault toilets, drinking water, campfire rings and picnic tables are provided. Single units are limited to a maximum of 2 vehicles and 6 people. A pay phone, restaurant, boat rentals and boat ramp are located at a nearby lodge.

Each family is responsible for their own reservations, equipment, and meals. We will gather each evening after dinner to share stories. Bring your own chair and beverage. I plan to hike and/or paddle every day. Lunch will often be on the trail or beach.

Reservations:
https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/232263
Or by phone:[masked]. The campground fills up in the summer. Reserve your site NOW, to ensure getting a site at Silver Lake EAST campground, which accepts Senior passes for 50% discount.
Paddling: We will be paddling Silver Lake (free), nearby Caples lake (free) throughout the week. Distance about 7 miles around the lakes.

Recreation: Hiking is very popular, allowing access to high alpine lakes and other destinations through short but spectacular hikes. Anglers will be happy to know that Silver Lake boasts stocked populations of Rainbow, German Brown, and Mackinaw trout. Kit Carson Lodge has a wonderful restaurant, café, and small store.

Location, Directions: Silver Lake East is located via highway 88, 50 miles east of Jackson, California. From the town of Pioneer, continue State Route 88 east 36.6 miles to campground on right (East side).

Nearby Campgrounds: Silver Lake WEST Campground, Ferguson Campground, and Caples Lake Campground. Silver Lake WEST campground, on the West side of Hwy 88, is managed by the local irrigation district, (does not accept Senior Passes) does not take reservations and many of the sites are short and less than level.

Tentative Hiking/Paddling Schedule
Boat ramp/Parking on Kays Rd., Kit Carson, CA

July 15 arrive, set up campsite, no paddle scheduled
July 16 paddle Silver Lake
July 17 hike to Granite Lake
July 18 hike to Thunder Peak
July 19 paddle Caples Lake
July 20 Hike or paddle your choice
July 21 departure day, no paddle scheduled

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Staying Upright in Waves Practice

Needs a location

THIS PADDLE IS FULL. THANK YOU

Your 2022 Liability Waiver must be on file for you to be moved to "going" list. Email [masked] for waiver information.

Meetup 9:30 am, on the water at 10 am

Address: Corner of Coronado St and Cabrillo Highway 1, El Granada 94018

Limited number of paddlers: 7

No inflatables, Oru’s, or SUP’s

Waves are common in SF Bay, so let’s practice bracing into a wave to stay upright. The best place to practice is “where there are waves.” After you learn how to “moon the beach” you can practice going in and out of the surf line. This is not a paddle going anywhere; just practice at the beach. We normally practice about 2 hours, then are exhausted and it is time to quit. Too soon to predict wave height, but 2 ft to 3 ft is normal.

A 3 or 5 mil wetsuit is suitable or drysuit if you prefer. Depending on where you park, wheels are handy. Sit in kayaks must have a spray skirt.
A helmet is recommended!

Directions: Best address is the intersection of Coronado St. and Cabrillo Highway 1. Check this out on Google Earth. At the intersection is a stair leading down to the beach.

Best parking is right along the highway close to the stair. If you do not find parking along the highway, there is a surfer’s parking lot about 200 feet north of the intersection.

Best access to the parking lot is turn on Coronado St, then turn on Obispo and drive to the parking lot. Call[masked] if you get lost.

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 intense winds will cancel. Be sure to check your email for updates and information regarding this trip.

Elkhorn Slough to Kirby Park- Saturday Aug. 27. Rated EASY if no wind.

Meetup: 9:45 AM OTW by 10:30 AM sharp to catch the tide

Address: 2390 CA-1, Moss Landing, CA

Note: This trip limited to 20 paddlers

NO inflatables, folding boats or SUP’s. Minimum boats length 12 ft.

NOTE: You must have sent in the 2022 Waiver to get on the "GOING" list. Email [masked] for waiver information.

Elkhorn Slough is a magical place, harboring the largest tract of tidal salt marsh in California outside of San Francisco Bay. This biologically rich estuary, at the mouth of the underwater Monterey Canyon, provides habitat for a diversity of resident and migratory birds, plants, marine mammals and fish, and is identified as a Globally Important Bird Area by the American Birding Conservancy.

More than 125 Southern sea otters reside here, along with hundreds of harbor seals and a number of California sea lions. As part of the Pacific flyway, tens of thousands of birds migrate through every year. All told, over 340 species of birds are identified in and around the slough. There will be great photo opportunities.

We will paddle from the beach behind Monterey Bay Kayaks, in the Moss Landing North Harbor to Kirby Park, where we will eat lunch. On the return, we will include a side trip to wind through the pickle weed of Rubis Creek. Overall, it’s about a ten-mile trip.

Afternoon winds can be strong and, in that case, will trump any favorable tide. Consider your stamina to paddle into the wind.

The county parking lot fee is $15 (bring small bills as you cannot get change where you pay to park. Water and toilets available at the Moss Landing. Port-o-poddy at Kirby Park.

NOTE: The organizers of this trip are not professional paddlers. Each paddler must have the training, experience and equipment required to complete this paddle safely, including for self-rescue, and must assume all personal risks. A Coast Guard-approved life jacket or Personal Flotation Device (PFD) must be worn.

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Elkhorn Slough to Kirby Park. Sunday Sept 25. Rated EASY if no wind

Needs a location

Meetup: 9:45 AM OTW by 10:30 AM sharp to catch the tide

Address: 2390 CA-1, Moss Landing, CA

Note: This trip limited to 20 paddlers

NO inflatables, folding boats or SUP’s. Minimum boats length 12 ft.

NOTE: You must have sent in the 2022 Waiver to get on the "GOING" list. Email [masked] for waiver information.

Elkhorn Slough is a magical place, harboring the largest tract of tidal salt marsh in California outside of San Francisco Bay. This biologically rich estuary, at the mouth of the underwater Monterey Canyon, provides habitat for a diversity of resident and migratory birds, plants, marine mammals and fish, and is identified as a Globally Important Bird Area by the American Birding Conservancy.

More than 125 Southern sea otters reside here, along with hundreds of harbor seals and a number of California sea lions. As part of the Pacific flyway, tens of thousands of birds migrate through every year. All told, over 340 species of birds are identified in and around the slough. There will be great photo opportunities.

We will paddle from the beach behind Monterey Bay Kayaks, in the Moss Landing North Harbor to Kirby Park, where we will eat lunch. On the return, we will include a side trip to wind through the pickle weed of Rubis Creek. Overall, it’s about a ten-mile trip.

Afternoon winds can be strong and, in that case, will trump any favorable tide. Consider your stamina to paddle into the wind.
The county parking lot fee is $15 (bring small bills as you cannot get change where you pay to park. Water and toilets available at the Moss Landing. Port-o-poddy at Kirby Park.

NOTE: The organizers of this trip are not professional paddlers. Each paddler must have the training, experience and equipment required to complete this paddle safely, including for self-rescue, and must assume all personal risks. A Coast Guard-approved life jacket or Personal Flotation Device (PFD) must be worn.

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