Dear Sea Kayakers:

We would like to welcome you to a very special event on August 28th. Kayaking will be provided by Blue Water Ventures and a private concert will be performed by the talented musicians of   Tamra Engle's Cougar Rock Show. This amazing day is open to everyone ages 7 and older with special entertainment planned for young paddlers/rockers both in the water and at the concert.

Our day will begin with a 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.

In the morning we will quietly observe 20-30 sea otters that reside in North Moss Landing Harbor. We will also be looking for baby harbor seals who are learning skills from their mother, a summer experience not to miss! With 90% of California's wetlands loss to development, Elkhorn Slough offers a special opportunity to observe a biologically rich and critically endangered habitat. First time kayakers are welcomed and most abilities can be accommodated.

After a day on the water, we will caravan or walk a short distance to the Sea Harvest Restaurant in North Moss Landing for lunch and a special musical performance by Tamra Engle.

To confirm your place on this trip, please send a check in the amount of $85adults/$65 kids  made payable to Blue Water Ventures to 108 Mason Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Refunds are given when cancellations are made at least 14 days in advance of trip date.

Space on the roster is only guaranteed when payments are received. This fee includes a naturalist- led kayaking trip, all equipment, instruction and a rockin' concert. Lunch is on your own.

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

Timing For The Day
Plan on meeting at the public boat launch ramp in North Moss Landing Harbor just behind Monterey Bay Kayaks (2390 Hwy One) at: 10:30am on August 28th. 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 2:00pm. From there we will walk over to the Sea Harvest Restaurant enjoying lunch with live music by Tamra Engle from 2:30pm-4:30pm

As far as things to bring, here are a few suggestions:
- 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.
- Windbreaker 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

- Small bills to settle lunch at the Sea Harvest Restaurant
- Snack
in a compact lunch bag or Ziploc to take in boat with you
- Sunscreen and lip balm
- Sunglasses (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)
- Change of clothes for ride home to be left in car

Directions to Elkhorn Slough / Moss Landing North Harbor:
- Take Highway 1 South towards Monterey;
- Turn right at Baja Pottery / Monterey Bay Kayaks -
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.

Moss Landing North Harbor Launch Ramp
The public boat launch area is behind Monterey Bay Kayaks (2390 Highway One); park behind MBK in the public boat launch area ($5 to park; look for dispensers at bathrooms-use exact dollar amount).

Note: 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.

That covers the logistics for Sea Otter Watch by Kayak and Concert with   Tamra Engle's Cougar Rock Show.

Release forms will be discussed and signed before launching our boats. We are looking forward to our adventure together in the Slough and beyond!

Kim Powell, MRPA
Owner, Operator & Naturalist
Blue Water Ventures
phone & fax: 831-459-8548
108 Mason St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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


Come on a dynamic visual journey with this Cougar Rock storyteller and her power combo- mixing harmonies, flavors, and rhythms from around the world that leaves audiences smiling, singing & dancing.

Showcasing songs from her Award winning debut CD “The Blonde Flame Sessions” (On the nominating ballot for the 50th annual Grammy Awards for best contemporary folk album), and soon to be released “Living the American Dream”. When not performing Tamra is a social entrepreneur, business consultant and motivational speaker helping others reach their dreams.  

“You’re folk music’s answer to Pat Benatar!” – John Zipperer Songwriter

“Your Energy fills the room- You’re better than coffee kid!" - Tommy Tedesco, Studio Musician

"When you reach into your heart, something magic happens" - Martin Page, Producer/Songwriter

“You’re living the dream through music and making people sit up and listen. You go girl!” -Ali Wilder, DJ Energy 92.7