Estero Americano

Estero Americano

Every autumn, thousands of raptors migrate south along the California coastline to seek warm climes and new foraging sites for the winter. Estero Americano, part of the Gulf of the Farallones Marine Sanctuary, provides a perfect stopover for migrating raptors to rest and feed on their long journey.

This unique nature tour takes you on a 6 mile paddle to the Estero’s mouth where the waves of the Pacific crash against an isolated beach. Surrounded by the dramatic ocean and stunning landscape, we will spend a delightful day meandering through this estuary in search of raptors, shorebirds, and other migrating waterfowl. Our expertly trained naturalist guides will care for your every need.

You will remember the beauty of this landscape for years to come.

Time: 10 am to 5 pm

Price: $120 per person

Dates: Call for dates

Launch Site: Valley Ford (See directions below)

Estero Americano
The 800-acre Estero Americano Preserve, only 30 miles north of San Francisco, is considered one of the most important biological areas along the Northern California Coast. The Preserve is home to more than 135 species of birds, 45 species of fish, and includes diverse habitat types including fjord-like slopes, mudflats, fragile wetlands, rocky shoreline, coastal scrub and golden, grassy hillsides.

Juvenile and adult Red-tailed Hawks, Golden Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, Red-Shouldered Hawks, Kites, Merlins, Kestrels, and other birds of prey soar in the air and dive from the sky to feast on the Preserve’s abundant wildlife.

Preparing for Your Trip
The success of any journey is often based on well prepared participants. The most important contribution you can make is to arrive on time prepared and eager to enjoy the trip. When getting ready for your trip, please double check that you understand the directions and allow yourself plenty of travel time. It is very important to be appropriately dressed to insure your comfort and enjoyment.
Please study and follow the
Clothing Recommendations provided.

Food
To complement this exceptional adventure, PRO provides a wonderfully catered meal prepared locally using organically grown produce, baked breads, local cheeses and delightful desserts. We are excited and honored to incorporate the local flavors of Point Reyes into our tours. Please let us know if you have special dietary needs.

Your Guides
PRO takes pride in the quality and skill level of your guides. Impeccably trained, they bring a wealth of knowledge and proficiency to each trip. With expertise in group facilitation, natural history, wilderness first aid, and specialized kayak instruction, your guides are ready to provide you with a safe, relaxing and enjoyable experience. As a trip’s success and safety depends on their judgment, we ask that you respect and support their decisions.

Terms and Payment
Point Reyes Outdoors, LLC reserves the right to change an itinerary or cancel any trip due to: weather, acts of god, inadequate sign up, or any unforeseen problems that would make the trip unsafe for its participants. In such cases clients will be offered either credit toward a future trip or a full refund.
PRO has a six day client cancellation policy on all trips and classes. There are no exceptions to this policy. We accept Visa and Master Card, cash or checks. Gratuities are not included in the cost of the trip and there is no obligation to tip your guides but many people do. The industry standard is in the range of 10%; any amount will be greatly appreciated.

Directions
From Petaluma and All Points South
1. From Highway 101 in Petaluma, take the East Washington exit.
2. Follow East Washington through Petaluma, travel 9 miles to Valley Ford Rd.
o Washington turns into Bodega Ave.
o You will drive well into the countryside.
o Bodega Ave. becomes Valley Ford Road.
3. Stay on Valley Ford Rd and drive 10 miles to the Town of Valley Ford.
o At approximately 8.5 miles Hwy 1 will intersect Valley Ford Rd on the left.
4. In Valley Ford, turn left onto Valley Ford Estero Rd.
5. Valley Ford Estero Rd makes a sharp left turn then continues approximately 1 mile to Marsh Rd.
o You will drive over a bridge. Marsh Rd is on the left directly after the bridge.
6. Turn left on Marsh Rd. and park on the road.
o Take care to pull off the road completely. This is a small farm road that the locals need clear access to.
7. You will see the boat trailer and our guides waiting for you at the base of the bridge.
8. It takes about 30 minutes from Petaluma to our meeting spot.

From Santa Rosa and All Points North
1. From Highway 101 in Santa Rosa take Highway 12 west approximately 6 miles to Sebastopol.
o Hwy 12 turns into Bodega Hwy.
2. Follow Bodega Hwy through Sebastopol approximately 7 miles to Valley Ford-Freestone Rd.
3. Turn left onto the Valley Ford-Freestone Rd and drive 2.6 miles to the junction of Hwy 1.
4. Turn right onto Hwy 1 and drive .6 miles to Valley Ford Estero Rd.
o Valley Ford Estero Road will be on your right in the town of Valley Ford
5. Turn right onto Valley Ford Estero Rd.
6. Valley Ford Estero Rd makes a sharp left turn then continues approximately 1 mile to Marsh Rd.
o You will drive over a bridge. Marsh Rd is on the left directly after the bridge.
7. Turn left and park on the road.
o Take care to pull off the road completely. This is a small farm road that the locals need clear access to.
8. You will see the boat trailer and our guides waiting for you at the base of the bridge.
9. It takes about 30-40 minutes from Santa Rosa to our meeting spot.