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Kayak and Cleanup of Alviso Slough with Sloughkeepers

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.

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  • Liz

    Eric managed to arrange another beautiful sunny day for us at the slough!

    1 · December 1, 2013

  • Robert S.

    The description was accurate, the water was calm, and the group was productive and enjoyable.

    2 · December 1, 2013

  • Eric N.

    Thanks everybody! 93 lbs of garbage!

    1 · December 1, 2013

  • Brooke

    I will be bringing a hose. I believe Eric will bring one too.

    1 · November 30, 2013

    • Liz

      great, thanks!

      November 30, 2013

  • Liz

    Will there be a hose there to rinse the kayaks like last time?

    November 30, 2013

  • Eric N.

    Be sure to bring drinks and food. We will be stopping for some chow and socializing while we wait for the tide to turn. ,

    November 30, 2013

  • Eric N.

    I guess I could have made this clearer. Arrive 9am, ready to paddle away from the dock at 10am. Why a one hour difference? Traffic buffer. Can't find some gear lost in your car. Help others carrying their yaks down to the water, even if you can carry yours by yourself. 5 minute safety and paddle plan briefing. Traffic jam on the dock. Unload your yak and dress. The round-trip walk to the bathroom is at least 5 minutes. In my experience, arriving by 9am .means an ordered progression to being on the water at 10am. Weather looks great! See you there!

    November 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Still hoping for an answer on the time. OK to arrive/meet at 9a and be ready to depart at 10a? Will assume this works if I don't hear back.

    November 30, 2013

    • Eric N.

      Yes, I suggest you arrive at 9 and be on the water at 10. You can, of course, arrive any time you like, but we must be paddling away from the dock at 10 to catch the tide that day. There will be a quick briefing right before we leave. We can't wait for stragglers. If you are late you can just catch up to us.

      November 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, Eric. I won't be late. g

      November 30, 2013

  • Robert S.

    That's the timing I'm using also. Arrive about 9:00am, OTW by 10:00am.

    November 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to this! Quick question, though -- I see both 9:00 and 10:00 in the announcement. As long as I'm ready to depart the dock by 10:00, is that good? I have an inflatable kayak that takes about 1/2 hour to set up, so would plan to arrive around 9:00 to ensure I have plenty of time. Does that work?

    November 29, 2013

  • Eric N.

    50% OFF SLOUGHKEEPERS SHIRTS today only at www.zazzle.com/sloughkeepers. I just bought five more!

    November 26, 2013

  • Robert S.

    Should we bring a lunch?

    November 25, 2013

    • Eric N.

      Yes, bring lunch.

      November 25, 2013

  • Liz

    I'd like to attend, but Craig can't. Would someone be able to help me lift my kayak off the roof of my car, and lift it back on afterwords? It weighs 45 pounds. It should probably be someone who is at least 5'8". I can tie it down w/o help, just can't lift it that high alone.

    November 18, 2013

    • Eric N.

      Yes, I'm happy to help you.

      1 · November 18, 2013

  • John M.

    Regrets. Plans that day.

    November 17, 2013

    • Eric N.

      Bummer! Sorry you can't join us. I would have scheduled it with a longer time since the last one, but there aren't many good weekend tides between now and the end of February. This date is the most convenient.

      November 17, 2013

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