Friendsgiving Paddle and Picnic for Women ~Sea Otter Watch, Elkhorn Slough by Kayak:

November 26th  9:30am-2:30pm

20 % Holiday Discount~$55 (regular price is $70)

Pack up those holiday left overs and join Blue Water Ventures for a great-full day in Eklhorn Slough!

November is a lovely time to experience the wildlife of the Slough during bird migration and lots of marine mammals around. Leaving from Moss Landing, we'll have a leisurely paddle through Elkhorn Slough.

Birding is excellent with many species arriving into the slough to feast in the mudflats. Our trip will begin with a quiet observation of sea otters, seals and  migratory birds that reside in Moss Landing Harbor. Beginners welcomed.

Dear Sea Kayakers:

I would like to welcome you to our kayaking adventure in Elkhorn Slough National Marine Estuary. The protected water of the Slough is an ideal place to observe some of California's finest coastal resources. Sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions and an array of birds can be seen at close range. With 90% of California's wetlands loss to development, Elkhorn Slough offers a special opportunity to observe a biologically rich and critically endangered habitat.

For more details and to register contact Kim Powell at:

To confirm your place on this trip, please send a check in the amount of $55 made payable to Blue Water Ventures to: 127 Mason Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 If paying by check or via pay pal ,refunds are given when cancellations are made at least 10 days in advance of trip date.

You may also pay for the trip using a Card Credit via Pay Pal.  Please visit our Payment Centerfor instructions.

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Plan on meeting at the public boat launch ramp in North Moss Landing Harbor just behind Monterey Bay Kayaks (2390 Hwy One) at 9:30am on

November 26th. We will be using double sea kayaks which are very stable and easy to use. No previous kayaking experience is necessary.

We expect to be back at the launch area by 1:00 for a picnic and wrapping up by 2:30pm.

As far as things to bring, here are a few suggestions I can offer:
* Dress in layers -- Fleece, capilene, silk or wool are good insulators; bring a warm top that can be put on if cool weather (fog) approaches; a sweatshirt is adequate.
* Long pants or shorts- sweat pants that can be rolled up work well; an outer shell of nylon material dries quickly, but jeans get soggy and   are not recommended.
* Wind breaker or paddling jacket
* Footgear - tennis shoes, Teva type sandals or wet suit booties -- any style is fine; they will get wet as you wade in to launch your boat.
* Hat with visor for sun protection
* Water bottle
* Snack in a compact lunch bag, take in boat with you and you may leave your picnic in your car for afterwards.*Beach chair
* Sunscreen and lip balm
* Sun glasses (or prescription glasses) attached with a leash
* Binoculars and camera in waterproof bag ( use at your own risk); disposable cameras work well.
* Small, compact daypack (optional)  and beach chair for afterwards
* Change of clothes for ride home to be left in car

That covers the logistics for your Friendsgiving Paddle  for Women! A full refund will be given if the trip is cancelled due to inclement weather ( high winds or rain; not light mist or fog). Release forms will be discussed and signed before launching our boats. We are looking forward to our adventure together in the Slough!


Very Sincerely,

Kim Powell, MRPA
Owner, Operator & Naturalist
Blue Water Ventures
phone & fax: 831-459-8548

127 Mason St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060





you will pass Moss Landing State Beach, then Kayak Connection; it takes about 30 minutes from Santa Cruz; this right turn takes you into Moss Landing North Harbor.

The public boat launch area is behind Monterey Bay Kayaks (2360 Highway One); park behind MBK in the public boat launch area. When you arrive, you will need to pay your $8 parking fee. Your Blue Water Ventures guides will have your parking permits to leave in your car. You will need 8 dollars when you check in with them.

We will be unloading the trailer from a blue toyota sequoia at the boat ramp directly behind Monterey Bay Kayaks in North Moss Landing Harbor.

as you're heading south you'll see the Moss Landing power stacks on the left side of the highway; if you go over the bridge and pass these stacks you've gone too far.

Kim can be reached on her cell phone on the day of the trip at: 831-345-2417