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Paddle Drakes Estero. No address at this location. See "How to find us" below.
Please arrive by 10 am, on the water by 10:30. We will lunch on one of the beaches. Please bring lunch, sunscreen, and plenty of water. Bad weather cancels the trip. Please check your email and the Meetup site before you leave Sunday morning. If the weather stays nice, this is a beautiful easy trip. But this water connects to the ocean, and conditions can change for the worse without warning, and the water is cold. If you are a novice paddler, this might not be the outing for you. If you are a reasonably skilled beginner, I think you will do just fine. Expect a 6 to 8 mile journey. Part of the Point Reyes National Seashore, Drake’s Estero is home to many sea and migratory birds, seals, leopard sharks, and bat rays. The estuary provides the main drainage for the Point Reyes peninsula. Seen from the air, Drakes Estero resembles a human hand, with Barries Bay, Creamery Bay, Schooner Bay, and Home Bay as the "fingers" and Limantour Bay as the thumb. The waters of the Estero flow into Drakes Bay between Drakes Beach and a narrow strip of land called Limantour Spit. This is the former location of the Drakes Bay Oyster Co. Look for a sign that says Drakes Estero; the Oyster Co. sign is no longer there. Parking and launch are free. There are restrooms. Justin Morse will lead this paddle. Pictures of Drakes Estero (https://rskapura.smugmug.com/Drakes-Estero/)

Drakes Estero

Point Reyes Nat'l Seashore · Inverness, CA

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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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