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This group is good for Recreational canoe and kayak paddlers. It features easy paddling and is a good way to get started in paddling and learn the basics. However, we are not a guide service and do not offer lessons. You must have basic skills and knowledge.

Canoe and Kayak Paddlers trips are intended to be friendly, social, and easy for most paddlers who have some paddling experience. Trips vary from very easy paddles appropriate for almost anyone, to trips which require a moderate level of physical fitness and boating skill. We never do "advanced" or "expert" level trips. However, all paddlers must expect and be prepared for sudden changes in weather and currents which are common in the Bay Area.

Most trips are appropriate for both canoes and kayaks, including small recreational kayaks. Canoes of 16 to 17 feet are common, and kayaks as short as 10 feet are okay for most trips.. Most paddles are two to five hours long and between five and twelve miles in length. We usually have a lunch stop. We paddle reservoirs, lakes, rivers, bays, creeks, sloughs and estuaries.

We are an easy-going group and all trips would generally be considered "easy" to "moderate" by most experienced Bay Area paddlers. Members are of all ages. We organize trips to a lot of locations, from Sonoma County in the north to the Central Valley in the east and as far south as Monterrey.

To join us you should already have 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 various 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 able to climb in and out of your boat in a variety of places, including steep banks, high docks, etc.

Canoe and Kayak Paddlers is totally non-commercial. It is 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 strongly recommend that all paddlers take lessons in boat handling, safety and rescue.

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Hennessey Lake and Chiles Creek

930 Sage Canyon Rd

Note: If you have NOT signed a Liability Waiver for 2020, please click on the link below, print, sign and send me the Waiver at least 1 week PRIOR to the trip. I will NOT have Waivers to sign at the Meetup. Guests must sign a separate waiver. USPS Mail to: Ken N, 357 Bodega St., Foster City, CA[masked]http://www.marincanoeclub.org/MCKC%20waiver%202020%20-%20electronic%20(002).pdf GPS Users: Please check the location of the boat ramp carefully, street addresses are not very accurate in this area. Make sure you are going to the right place. The marker on the map is correct for the boat ramp. Lake Hennessey offers a peaceful retreat for canoe and kayak enthusiasts. This is an EASY BEGINNER trip. It is surrounded by an abundance of striking scenic views and rolling foothills. It’s the water source for the city of Napa, and a prohibition on large boat motors makes the lake a perfect quiet destination for flat-water kayaking and canoeing. Swimming is not allowed. Boating/parking fee is $4. Bring ones because there is no way to get change. Toilets available. Meet at 10:00 am, on the water by 10:30 am. Bring lunch, drinks, etc. Something to sit on is nice. We will put in about halfway through the paddle for lunch. Total distance 6 to 7 miles. This is calm water and good for most kinds of boats. We have often had head winds on the way back to the cars though. 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.

Redwood Creek to Ravenwood Slough

601 Chesapeake Dr

Address: Redwood City Harbor, 601 Chesapeake Dr., Redwood City Meet at 10:00 AM, on the water by 10:30 AM, finish by 4 pm. On the water time is critical to ride the tides. NOTE: If you have NOT signed a Liability Waiver for 2020, please click on the link below, print, sign and send me the Waiver right away to secure your seat. I will NOT have Waivers to sign at the Meetup. Guests must sign a separate waiver. USPS Mail to: Ken N, 357 Bodega St., Foster City, CA[masked]http://www.marincanoeclub.org/MCKC%20waiver%202020%20-%20electronic%20(002).pdf This is a trip for experienced strong paddlers, NOT for Beginners! We will paddle out Redwood Creek, turn south into Westpoint Slough, through the cut-off to SF Bay then continue south to Ravenwood Slough and possibly Ravenwood Point. After a short stop for lunch we will return to Redwood Harbor, total distance about 11.5 miles. There are two docks and a ramp, plus a low-freeboard dock. There is no charge to launch or park. Wheels are helpful. Minimum boat length 12 feet. This area is a bird sanctuary, so there are few places to stop while on route. Strong winds and SF Bay waves are common in the afternoon, so consider if this trip is appropriate for you. 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 assumes all personal risks. A Coast Guard approved life jacket or Personal Flotation Device must be worn by everyone while on the water. Rain, strong winds, or bad weather will cancel this trip. Check your email Friday evening for updated information and changes.

Tidewater Boating Center to Crown State Beach

4675 Tidewater Ave

Nearest GPS address: 4675 Tidewater Avenue, Oakland CA 94601. No boats less than 12 feet, no canoes, SUP’s, or inflatables allowed. Due to the distance, time spent in SF Bay, normal winds and waves, this is NOT a trip for Beginners. On the water 10:00 AM Note: If you have NOT signed a Liability Waiver for 2020, please click on the link below, print, sign and send me the Waiver at least 1 week PRIOR to the trip. I will NOT have Waivers to sign at the Meetup. Guests must sign a separate waiver. USPS Mail to: Ken N, 357 Bodega St., Foster City, CA[masked]http://www.marincanoeclub.org/MCKC%20waiver%202020%20-%20electronic%20(002).pdf This is a trip for experienced strong paddlers, NOT for Beginners! The trip will be from Tidewater Boating Center in Oakland, into SF Bay around Ballena Island, lunch at Robert Crown State Beach then return to Tidewater Boating Center. The trip offers exceptional views of the San Francisco skyline as well as the SF Bay. Distance is about 10.5 miles round trip with a lunch break at Crown Beach. About 6.5 miles of this trip is in SF Bay, so expect wind and waves. Must be able to self-rescue in deep water. Launching will be from a dock, the lunch stop will be a beach landing. Restrooms are available at both locations. If you have wheels, bring them, as the dock is a short distance from the parking lot. Recreational kayaks are appropriate. Strong wind and waves are frequent in SF Bay. DIRECTIONS: From I-880 or I-580. Exit on High Street and head south. Before the High Street Bridge to Alameda, take the last possible left onto Tidewater Avenue (alongside the restaurant supply store). Just before the first stop sign, turn right into the EBRPD Tidewater Boating Center driveway. 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. If you plan to not wear a PFD, then kindly do NOT participate on this trip. Rain or bad weather will cancel this trip. Check your email Friday evening for updated information and changes.

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, CA

2390 CA-1

Meetup: 10 AM OTW by 10:30 AM Address: 2390 CA-1, Moss Landing, CA Note: This trip is limited to 20 paddlers. PLEASE only sign up if you definitely plan attending. You will be put on the wait list if I don't have a waiver from you. NOTE: If you have NOT signed a Liability Waiver for 2020, please click on the link below, print, sign and send me the Waiver at least 2 weeks PRIOR to the trip. I will NOT have Waivers to sign at the Meetup. Guests must sign a separate waiver. USPS Mail to: Ken N, 357 Bodega St., Foster City, CA[masked]http://www.marincanoeclub.org/MCKC%20waiver%202020%20-%20electronic%20(002).pdf We will paddle from Moss Landing Marina to Kirby Park and back, about 11 miles round trip. On the Water (OTW) by 10:30 to catch the tides just right. Elkhorn Slough offers amazing wildlife viewing so bring binoculars. Due to the distance and afternoon strong winds paddlers should consider their stamina. This is a trip for strong paddlers, NOT for Beginners! Boat rentals and equipment are available at Monterey Bay Kayaks at Moss Landing at www.montereybaykayaks.com, (831)[masked]. Note: MBK only rents sit-on-top kayaks (very slow/heavy kayaks). These are NOT recommended to paddle the distance to Kirby Park and back. Parking fee is $11 bring small bills as you cannot get change where you pay to park. Bring snacks, water and a lunch. We will take a 40 minute break at Kirby Park, to catch the out-going tide back to Moss Landing. Launch ramp, dock and pit toilets at Moss Landing and at Kirby Park. (Note the toilets at Kirby Park may be closed). At Moss Beach, we will meetup and launch from the beach near MBK. We will be paddling into the wind as we return to Moss Landing. Paddle 2 1/2 hours each way - there is no place to get out while on this route. 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 (PFD) must be worn while on the water. If you plan to not wear your PFD, then kindly do not participate on this trip. Rain or strong winds will cancel. Check your email the night before for update messages regarding this trip.

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