Kayak into the heart of one of the last pristine estuaries on the California coast. The day is spent paddling amongst the eelgrass and oyster beds, exploring the coastline in search of bat rays, leopard shark, harbor seals, and water fowl including white pelicans. Midday we will stop to stretch our legs and enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach. After lunch there may be time for a walk amongst the dunes, on the beach, or up the hillside to enjoy the view. This tidally influenced waterway will certainly delight as we paddle amongst the open rolling hills and wildlife.
Drakes Estero is closed to paddlers annually for Harbor Seal pupping season March 1 thur June 30.
Time: 10am to 4pm*
Launch Site: Drakes Bay Oyster Co.
Dates: Check Calendar for dates.
*Bring lunch or snack and plenty of water
Surrounded by golden hillsides, we will glide through the water as pelicans float overhead and come to rest. As we align with the rhythm of nature that surrounds us, we will paddle carefully amongst the wildlife that call the estero home, quietly waiting for the tip of a bat ray fin to rise gently above the water as it travels to its muddy feeding grounds.
History: Like its ebbing and flowing tides, this is a constantly changing environment. Our guides will help you connect to the past, present, and future with stories of the Miwok Indians who once called this drowned river valley their home, tales of Sir Francis Drake, his ship, and supposed discovery of the Bay, as well as the rich history of the first European explorers who settled and ranched in this rich agricultural countryside.
Today & Aquaculture: From our launch site at Drakes Bay Oyster Company you will observe the operations of a local oyster farm. Oysters play an integral role in maintaining the health of the estero by filtering the water, keeping algae levels in check, and absorbing bacteria in their environment. The oyster farms help to keep this relationship alive and the bay thriving. As we paddle you will be able to peer into other aspects of aquaculture and oyster farming.
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