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Estero Americano Paddle
Estero Americano Preserve
Sunday, June 30th, 9am-3pm
** Potential Paddlers: Please read the information below before signing up. Road conditions or parking conditions may make this outing difficult for some to attend.
*Please note that LandPaths will not be prodiving any kayaks for this adventure. If you do not have your own Kayak, please rent one from Bodega Bay Surf Shack by calling Bob at (707)875-3944. See details below.
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LandPaths, Ag+Open Space and the Sonoma Land Trust are happy to have you join us for a paddle adventure amidst the natural splendor of the Estero Americano. Rich in estuarine wildlife, migratory waterfowl, and with unique fjord-like views, the Estero is a place of uncommon beauty and offers incomparable paddling opportunities. We will access this sublime body of water via the Estero Americano Preserve, which comprises 127 acres of property along the Estero near its mouth at the Pacific. The Sonoma Land Trust purchased the Estero Americano Preserve in the 1990s with help from Ag+Open Space and the California State Coastal Conservancy. From the preserve, we’ll paddle out to a remote stretch of coastline on the Marin–Sonoma county border.
When: We'll meet at 9:00am on Sunday, June 30th. We will have short introductions and will leave Bodega for the Estero by approximately 9:15. We will be entering through a locked gate, so late arrivals cannot be accommodated. We should be off the water by about 2:00-3PM. Thanks for your promptness. We will meet in the heart of downtown Bodega (not Bodega Bay) and then caravan to the put-in site. You can reach Bodega by taking Bodega Highway west from Sebastopol right into downtown Bodega. Specifically, we will meet on Bodega Lane, in front of the old Bodega Schoolhouse (made famous by Hitchcock’s film “The Birds”). If entering town from Sebastopol, Bodega Lane is the first left as you enter town – just past the first sign that reads “25 MPH.” If coming from Petaluma or the coast (via Highway One), Bodega Lane is your first right as you enter town. Look for staff to direct you to parking. Note that this is a residential neighborhood – please keep noise level to a minimum!
Meeting Location/Plan: We will meet in the town of Bodega (*not to be confused with Bodega Bay), caravan out to the put-in site, explore the Estero, chat and eat our picnic lunch near the sandbar at the mouth of the Estuary. Our trip will consist of 3-4 miles roundtrip of flatwater paddling. Wind tends to pick up in the afternoon. High winds the day of may lead us to shorten the route. Be sure to come prepared with layered clothing (see “What to Bring” section below).
The intent of this guided trip is to make the beauty of the Estero Americano accessible to paddlers of all ability levels. Some of you are experienced paddlers while others may be on the water for the first time. To ensure that everyone enjoys themselves and stays safe, we will remain together as a group, taking our time to really soak in the beauty of this place.
If it is a very windy day, some inexperienced paddlers have had a difficult time navigating their boat at this location. If it is mild to moderately windy day, everyone seems to do fine. Feel free to check the weather and wind at Bodega Bay as June 2nd draws closer: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mtr/ Please trust your own level of expertise. If you wish to bring a canoe, be aware that winds at this location can make canoe navigation difficult. Again—trust your own ability level and expertise.
*Important! Low clearance vehicles will not make it all the way to the water on the steep road that descends to the Estero. 4wd, and high clearance vehicles (such as a non-4wd truck) will be fine. Please plan accordingly. Carpooling is highly encouaraged.
* Please come prepared to carpool from Bodega. We can only bring a total of 12 cars down to the water's edge. In order to get more people on the water, LandPaths will be working with Bob from Bodega Bay Surf Shack to rent boats at the water's edge.
*Bob will drive rental kayaks all the way to the Estero the morning of the paddle, and pick them up. Bob has single and double kayaks available. If you would like to rent a kayak from Bob, please call the shop directly at (707)875-3944.
Renting Kayaks from Bodega Surf Shack
What to bring:
We encourage you to bring a picnic lunch and snacks or drinks of your choice. Also bring:
We’re looking forward to seeing you on Sunday June 30th!
Your Friends at LandPaths
Contact: For any more questions or concerns, please contact our outings team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 707-544-7284
Ag + Open Space protects land in Sonoma County and LandPaths connects you with that land. This program is made possible through a partnership between the District and non-profit partner LandPaths. It is sponsored by the voters of Sonoma County who funded the District's work with a quarter-cent sales tax, and is coordinated & guided by LandPaths.