Burn off that turkey dinner!
We'll paddle up Alviso Slough on a monster 11 ft+ tide possibly as as far as 3-4 miles, depending on conditions. Unlike our recent cleanup, we're going to move up the slough and concentrate our cleanup above Tasman st. I was out there this week, and it needs some work.
As requested on the last trip, we'll rendezvous just past the Tasman St bridge for lunch and socializing, while the current builds (there is a 12-ft fall that day). Then we'll ride the express train home.
On the way up, we'll paddle by the South Bay Yacht Club, the flood control gates, and watch the environment turn from saltwater slough to fresh water river. There are often lots of birds to see--one year we were visited by a golden eagle. We may even get a glimpse of the slough's elusive beavers. Once we've gone far enough we'll stop for a snack and wait for the tide to turn. We'll be riding the tide both ways.
www.sloughkeepers.org will provide garbage bags, and kayak barges for hauling out trash.
This is a chance to paddle an interesting environment, and is good for all levels of kayakers, even beginners. There are no rentals nearby, so you'll have to bring your own kayak or arrange for a drive-away rental.
The new Alviso Marina is a great place to launch from with both high and low docks, a boat ramp, and bathroom facilities in the lower parking lot. The launching facilities are in the upper parking lot.
Please arrive early and be on the water, ready to depart the dock at 10:00am. The current on these Fall tides is substantial, so the launch time depends on being able to ride the tide both ways.
This is a chance for all kayakers to give a little something back to the waterways we all enjoy so much.
There are often clumps of reeds that jam up in parts of the slough. In the past we have nearly always been able to bust through these clumps, but sometimes it is a little work, and there is the slight chance we will not get as far as we would like. But it is very slight. I am offering this in the interest of full disclosure.