Current Event List & Current Event Fliers
Past Events


We encourage members of VWKC to host an event. It can be a day trip, camping trip, or a wilderness kayak trip to a place like Black Canyon.
Events listed below are posted on the Valley Wide Kayak Club website for informational purposes.  All posted events are listed for members to come and spend a day or weekend along with other members of the club.  These are meetups allowing members to come out and enjoy a day doing what we enjoy along with others that share the same interests. You are responsible for yourself. Most lakes in Southern California, require a vessel inspection prior to entry.  Boats must be clean and dry or they will not be permitted on most lakes. Some lakes also require MWD inspection tags – check with lake info for details

First Monday of every month from 6:30 pm to approximately 8:00 p.m. at Valley Wide Sports & Recreation, 901 W. Esplanade, San Jacinto.
Meetings are in the modular building next to the baseball field parking lot behind the tennis courts. Information on buying kayaks, event information, safety & training, trip excursion hots, kayaking presentations, etc. When the Monday falls on a holiday, the meeting is moved to the following Wednesday,

2018 meetings: Jan 8, Feb 5, Mar 5, Apr 2, May 7, June 4, July 2,
Aug 6, Sept 12, Oct 1, Nov 5, and Dec 3



Continue to check this page for added trips and adventures.

There are so many wonderful places to paddle. It is impossible for the club to plan every trip
everyone dreams of doing. Feel free to invite others to join you on a paddle. If you are planning to go on a trip, simply go to the member postings section to learn how to invite others to join you on a paddle.

Events are also listed on our Valley Wide Kayak Club MeetUp Page



Bring water, snack and we're having lunch on the island. We will practice kayak skills and paddle around the entire lake. Click here to read about our kayak skills training This is a great, easy paddle with a distance of 6-7 miles. We are usually done by 1 - 2 pm. There is a $10 entrance fee to the lake. The lake will inspect your boat before entry. Make sure it is clean and dry or they will not let you in. . Check the meetup page to see if anyone has RSVP'd


Saturday, March 24 - 9:30 am Lake Perris Sail Cover - Kayak Instruction & Conditional Paddle

Our kayak instructor, Johannah, will be conducting a basic kayak instruction class before the conditioning paddle. Everyone is invited to attend. Questions on the basic kayak instruction class? Contact Johanna at Check the meetup page to RSVP

Friday, April 13 to Sunday, April 15- Morro Bay Sheila & Bob Pisa - Hosts

Bob and Sheila Pisa have been kayaking at Morro Bay numerous times. They are going to share their knowledge with others to help create a great paddling event. Morro Bay State Park, 60 State Park Rd, Morro Bay, CA. We will planning great paddles on Saturday and Sunday morning, mainly in the Back Bay and towards Morro Rock. For more adventurous paddlers, we can leave from San Simeon harbor and explore on an ocean paddle around the kelp beds there.There is a lot of marine life to see - seals, otters, pelicans and bat rays have all been spotted. Sheila has reserved two campsites at Morro Bay state park. One is up for grabs to whoever wants it, contact her. To contact Sheila, go to To RSVP go to the Valley Wide Kayak Club Meet Up Page



Saturday, May 12 - Lake Hemet Cleanup - Hosted by Nancy Kutsch

Valley Wide Kayak Club members are invited to spend a few hours paddling and collecting trash along the Lake Hemet’s south shore.   Lake Hemet’s management has requested our help in cleaning up the south shoreline and will provide us with:  
•             Free day entry & kayak launch fees into Lake Hemet
•             Free Sit on top kayaks (will be available at the Boat Marina for those
who don’t have a kayak – please allow enough time to launch and paddle around to the west end of Camp 2A to meet other paddlers)
•             Trash bags
•             A Pontoon boat will be at our disposal to pick up the full trash bags and bring us water
If you’ve never paddled on Lake Hemet, this is your chance to experience the beauty of this lovely mountain lake.  We will be working along the shore where the lake’s two resident Bald Eagles nest and the chances are good we’ll see them and their youngsters!
Water & Sodas will be provided.  Bring sunscreen, lunch, lawn chair & shade cover if you have one.   We’ll have a picnic lunch on the shore at 1 pm. 
If you would like to camp for the weekend, there are nice campsites available.  For rates go to:

Friday, June 29 - Sunday - July 1, 2nd Annual Brian Kovalsky Memorial -Lake Skinner Paddle and Chili Cook Off Hosted by Leslie Taliaferro & Ursula Preston
Come for the paddle or camp for the weekend. The paddle will be Sat, June 30 at 9:00 am followed by the Chili Cook Off at 2:00 pm in Group Campground B overlooking Lake Skinner. . you will make your reservation directly with Leslie Taliaferro (951) 265-8880 as Valley Wide Kayak Club has secured Group Campsite B. Leslie will let you know the cost of the campsite. Prizes for the best chili. Those who don't bring chili can bring chili fixin's, salad or dessert sign up or RSVP on our meetup page.

July - December Event Schedule is pending.

Check back for future events.




Past events:


MARCH 2018

Friday, March 2 to- Sunday, March 4 - Salton Sea Kayak & Camping Weekend.

Diane Boss Hostess 951-634-4952

Details Join us for a weekend of paddling, camping, exploring nature & socializing!
To watch a video of previous Salton Sea & other VWKC paddling trips click here:

Location: Mecca Beach Campground – south end of 1st row next to sea.

Info & Costs: Tent sites: $20 per space, 8 people max, 2 cars per space & numerous tents. We have 8 camp sites with water only reserved for VWKC at the south end of the first row next to the sea (just past the last bathroom). RV’s up to 30’are $30; there are four sites (#138-141) available with electricity and water (no sewer) at sites just north of the last bathroom. These sites fill up fast. Call Reserve America and ask if there are any hook-up sites available at Mecca Beach: 800-444-7275. Go to and choose the Salton Sea State Recreation Area for more info

Potluck Saturday night at 5 pm…….this year will be a Mexican them potluck! VWKC will provide the plates, utensils, cups, etc. After dinner on Friday and Saturday night, we’ll sit around the fire and tell tall paddling tales!

Kayaking: On Saturday morning at 9 am, we will paddle from Mecca Beach to the Visitor Center 1 mile north where we can learn about the Salton Sea and enjoy a movie about its history. Afterwards, those that wish can paddle further north to North Shore. Note: The sea has receded since last year and the distance to carry your kayak is further from our campsites. Please bring your kayak wheels if you have them. The club kayaks are available to members who have kayak racks on their vehicle and can haul them. Contact Gary Hakala (951) 990-1361. On Sunday, if there is interest we will head south for a morning paddle.

Visit nearby Dos Palmas Preserve which is full of beautiful desert oasis’. After lunch on Saturday, I will lead a walking tour to the historic Dos Palmas Ranch and some surrounding oasis’ which will involve a 2 ½ mile round trip hike from the parking lot. Those that don’t want to hike that distance, can visit the closer 1 mile San Andreas Oasis. Read an interesting article on the history of Dos Palmas dating back to the 1800’s when the Bradshaw Trail led to the gold fields of LaPaz on the Colorado River. Or drive to the south end of the Salton Sea to visit the Sonny Bono Bird Sanctuary, the Mud Pots and Salvation Mountain! • The “Sea and Desert Interpretive Association” is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting educational and interpretive activities of the Salton Sea State Recreation area. It sponsors the free kayak tours on Sundays. It operates a gift shop at the Visitor Center complete with a movie theatre which shows an interesting video on how the Salton Sea came to be. Go to for more information


For the event flyer, click here

You an RSVP at Meetup <>


Sunday, February 11 - 9:30 am - Lake Perris Sail Cove
Cancelled due to high winds


January 19, 2018 - 3 Day - Havasu Hot Air Balloon Festival

This festival delights you with a sky full of hot air balloons that float gracefully across the sky, emitting a warm glow once the night falls.
Hosted by Linda Davis-Julian
From Valley Wide Kayak Club


Saturday, December 9 - 1 pm to 8 pm Valley Wide Kayak Club Paddlers on Canyon Lake!
Kayak, Potluck & Watch Christmas Light Boat Parade at the home of Mike.


NOVEMBER 10 - 26, 2017

Bow South Expedition - Kayaking the Lower Colorado River.
340 miles, Hoover Dam to Morelos Dam at the US Mexico Border - James Hermes trip host See flyer for details. This is not a Valley Wide Kayak Club trip More details, go to


Friday, November 10, 2017, 12:00 PM to Sunday, November 12, 2017
3 Days - Arizona Oasis RV Resort - Ehrenburg, AZ - Colorado River

Back by popular demand, we will again paddle the beautiful Colorado River from
our campsites.

Hosted by Linda Davis-Julian
From Valley Wide Kayak Club

Friday, Oct. 20 through Sun. Oct 22 Charity Paddle at Lake Hemet to raise funds for Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times to send kids with cancer and their families to a week long camp experience. Charity Paddle will be on Saturday, Oct. 21. Click here for the event flyer with all the details and read the information below:

You are invited to join your fellow Valley Wide Kayak Club members at Lake Hemet for a day of fun and good fellowship supporting the kids at Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times on Saturday, Oct. 21! Beginning at 9 am, we'll start our day with kayak races and games. Bring an umbrella for one fun race. Enjoy a delicious lunch provided by Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times. After lunch, visit vendor booths with a variety of items for sale while listening to talented bands play on the stage throughout the afternoon. We'll dance and celebrate the day! Awards will be given out for winners of the kayak races and games. Come for the day or camp for the weekend!

Registration Information: To register for the Charity Paddle, make a sponsorship donation or sign up to be a vendor, visit our meetup page and click on Register Here or visit Also, you can also register and donate at our October 2nd meeting. It is $25 to register to paddle or attend the Charity Paddle with the proceeds going to Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times. Your $25 includes Lake Hemet day entry and kayak launch fees. California Parks who runs Lake Hemet has generously waived these fees.

Camping Information: We encourage you to come for the weekend to camp on Friday and Saturday night. Call Kindra Kutz, 909-771-9862 at Lake Hemet and she will find you a nice campsite in Campground 2A (see map below) where the Charity Paddle will be held.

Kayak information: Sit-In-Side Kayaks 10' or longer are allowed if you have a current Lake Hemet Rescue Card. Contact Kathy Hakala to sign up for a rescue training at Lake Perris before the charity paddle by Gary Hakala. . Sit-On-Top kayaks are allowed. Bring your own or you can rent one of Lake Hemet's sit on top kayaks for a special price of $20 for 1/2 day.

Volunteers needed: Be an active VWKC member and help out with set up, monitoring a race, clean-up, etc. Just contact Kathy Hakala, event chair, at (951) 990-3512 or email

Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times: Some of you attended a tour and luncheon at Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times by their Executive Director, Brian Crater. If you missed it, Bob Julian will share a slide show at our meeting to give you an idea of what this amazing charity does to help kids with cancer and their families have some special time together away from their stressful lives dealing with the disease. To read some inspiring stories from these families, visit

Sponsorships Available: - If you are interested in being a Charity Paddle Sponsor with your donation of $100 or more, please see the attached Charity Paddle Sponsorship Form. We wish to thank the sponsors on the attached "Charity Paddle Sponsor Recognition & Thank You" and hope you will consider adding your name to this list!

To watch a video of our 2013 Charity paddle click here Charity Paddle at Lake Hemet - August, 2014 To see photos of past charity paddles click here

Event Chair - Kathy Hakala (951) 900-3512 or


Saturday, Sept 2, 2017 9 am - Tall Ships Festival of Sail 2017 - with San Diego Kayak Club at Liberty Station - San Diego Bay - Diane Lemm host Meet at Liberty Station 2640 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego, CA (map)
Ahoy Mate..We'll paddle from Liberty Station to the Tall Ships lineup at the Embarcadero. Play among the ships, then return to Liberty Station for lunch with the group. Festival of Sail is the LARGEST Tall Ship festival on the West Coast and is hosted at the Maritime Museum of San Diego, transforming the North Embarcadero over Labor Day weekend into a nautical theme park. Then you can drive to the Embarcadero to see the sand sculptures and vendors.Last year we shared rooms and stayed the night..... was so much fun!! To RSVP, go to


Friday, Aug 18 to Sunday, Aug 20, 2017 - 2 NIGHTS CAMPING AND PADDLE - LAKE MORENA COUNTY PARK
2550 Lake Morena Drive, Campo, CA (map). Lake Morena County Park is a camping park located in East San Diego County. Due to its location southwest of the Laguna Mountains, the park has characteristics of desert, coastal and mountain habitats. Lake Morena Reservoir shines blue in the middle of 3,250 acres of chaparral, oak woods and grassland. Grab your gear, and get away from it all! This place is a haven for hiking, fishing and boating. Tent sites per night is only $22 and cabin for 4 is $50 (no AC). Boat Launch Information: All vessels and equipment must pass a quagga inspection prior to launch. To pass a quagga inspection, vessels and equipment must be clean, drained and dry:Clean of any visible mud, plants, fish, or animals on the watercraft, equipment and trailersDrained of all water, including from the lower outboard unit, ballast, live-well, buckets, etc. - drain plugs should be unplugged prior to arrival Dry all areas and equipment including anchor lines, life vests, waders, live wells, and trailers.
Saturday Paddle 9:30am SATURDAY NIGHT - We will have a Potluck. Theme is Roots - Bring a dish inspired by your heritage. Of course you could also take this literally and serve dishes prepared with roots. Sweet potato casserole anyone?
To RSVP on Meetup, go to Kelly Jo Miller is host




Saturday, Aug 12, 2017 8:00 to 11 am Paddle and Lunch under the old cypress tree at Lake Evens
Playground Fairmont park 2600-2798 Redwood Dr. , Riverside, CA (map) Right near the American Legion
There is only a small cement ramp from 1930s to launch from at end of Playground Parking Lot. There is a yellow pipe gate usually always open. We can have a picnic on the water, under the Huge Cypress trees planted in 1909 by Dr. Evans and General Fairmount who the park is named after. This will be an easy paddle, two small lakes connected by a passage under a bridge. Two Islands covered with palm trees, a tank, a boat house museum of the park. No Ranger or anyone to bother us. Nice shade under several old Cypress trees, and at several places around the islands and shore . Water fountains, bathrooms. Park by the playground, where the ramp is, and launch from the ramp. It's the easiest place to launch from, then feel free to explore. I will be on the water about 700 am to drink my coffee and sit behind the islands. But I'll be visible for information. We should meet early, It gets hot quickly here.


Sunday, July 23 to Tuesday, July 25,TOPOCK GORGE - COLORADO RIVER TRIP - Lisa Graham Host
Camp at Park Moabi Campground, 100 Park Moabi Road, Needles, CASUMMER FUN ON THE RIVER Topock Gorge is a section of the Colorado River near Needles, CA. We launch at 7:00 am from the Park Moabi Campground (Pirate's Cover Marina). Despite temperatures upwards of 105 degrees, we'll enjoy the cool breezes coming off the river. We'll pass through gorgeous red rock canyons, stopping along the way to take a dip in the water, have a snack, and view the petroglyphs. Halfway through the 16 mile trip we'll stop at the famous sandbar to have lunch and play in the cool, refreshing water.Then we'll head to the take-out point at Castle Rock to be picked up at 3:30 pm and shuttled back to the marina. Sunday 7/23 Drive to campsite or hotel. Monday 7/24 Fun in the sun! Paddle, swim, picnic, paddle. Tuesday 7/25 Drive home The cost for shuttle service is $35 per paddler. Camping at Park Moabi Campground: Pirate's Cove Marina. The campgrounds are first-come, first-serve. It is too hot to tent camp in July. Call 760-326-9000 to make reservations for campers/trailers. Hotel:Rio del Sol Inn, Needles (760) 326-5660 Affordable, clean and great air conditioning. There is a $15 fee to park and launch at the marina for those paddlers who are not camping there.

Fri. July 7 to Sun, July 9, 2017 Camping and Paddle at Lower Otay Lake, San Diego 2 Nights Camping & LOWER OTAY LAKES PADDLE 14615 Otay Lakes Rd, Jamul, CA We'll camp at Pio Pico RV Camping Resort. Reserve your site asap, was plenty of sites as of 5/16. We will discover this "new to us" area to paddle together.The lake is bordered by a few stands of chaparral trees and rolling brush covered hills and is primarily used for paddling. When full, Lower Otay Lake has 1,100 surface acres, a maximum water depth of 137.5 feet, and 25 shoreline miles.I've heard this is the lake where the US Olympic team practices on. Good for kayak fishing....yep yep yep...We will launch at: 9:30 am and paddle until we can't paddle no more.Launch Site:Otay Lake City of San Diego Reservoir, 2165 Wueste Rd, Chula Vista, CA 91915 (619) 397-5212 Saturday Night - Potluck - Theme is ........Last Meal.......Everyone brings a dish starting with the 1st letter of his or her last name. Host is Kelly Jo Miller. Contact Kelly Jo at For more informaiton and to sign up go to


July 4th Mission Bay (Fireworks on the Water). Contact Jen Kleck at


Friday, June 9, 2017, 11:00 AM to Saturday, June 10, 2017, 4:00 PM

1st Annual Brian Kovalsky Memorial - Lake Skinner Paddle and Chili Cook Off



Past Chili Cook off (
Come for the paddle or camp for the weekend. The paddle will be Sat, June 10 at 9:00 am followed by the Chili Cook Off at 2:00 pm in Campground C, space 301, at Dianne and Don's campsite.
Prizes for the best chili. Those who don't bring chili can bring chili fixin's.
Linda & Bob Julian will be in site 335. To reserve your site, go to
Lake Skinner Reserve America (
Contact Diane at (951) 990-0017 to sign up
Lake Skinner Campground (
Come out and bring your best Chili!! Your conscience is your rule book.

May 5 to Monday, May 8 - Baja Sea Kayak Adventure - Host Jen Kleck - Aqua-Adventures
Jen Kleck is a BCU 5 Star Kayak Coach and owner of Aqua-Adventures is Mission Bay. Spend 3 nights and 4 days in gorgeous northern Baja developing coastal kayaking skills in a stunning environment! In sea kayaks we will play amongst the rocks, surf waves, and frolic with seals and dolphins. Participants need to be advanced beginner sea kayakers with good basic rescue skills. Our event is held along a magical stretch of coastline in northern Baja where a rocky peninsula juts into the Pacific. Here, the ocean swell interacts with the rocky, craggy coastline to produce a multitude of play spots for the adventurous kayaker! Basic Itinerary:

Friday, May 5 - 12 pm : Drive 3 hours to our location at La Bufadora just south of Ensenada where we will settle into our comfortable bunkhouse overlooking the ocean, have a nice dinner and relax around the bonfire.

Saturday, May 6 – We’ll spend the day paddling our kayaks along the beautiful Baja Coastline, exploring the sea caves and the rock gardens. That afternoon we’ll shop in La Bufadora, have margaritas in the Cantina Bar and have a delicious dinner!

Sunday, May 7 – More sea kayaking adventures including paddling up close to the famous La Bufadora blowhole! Group dinner in the Bunkhouse!

Monday, May 8th - After breakfast and a morning paddle, we'll load up and head back to the US

Cost: $340 plus $50 for food = $390: RT transportation from San Diego in 15 passenger van, 3 night bunk house or tent accommodation, most food (minus a few meals out), 3 days kayaking instruction.

Extra cost $90 to rent plastic kayak for weekend. Passports required.

For photos and videos, Visit

Click here for event flyer

To register for the trip, mail your $100 deposit ASAP to Jennifer Kleck, Aqua-Adventures 1548 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA 92109. Important: Email both Jennifer at and Diane Boss at to book your spot on this trip . Questions should be sent to Jennifer with cc to Diane


April 20 to April 23 KAYAK CAMPING SATELLITE COVE - Host - Kelly Jo Miller
- SOUTH OF HAVASU LAKE AT PARKER DAM Takeoff Point Rd, Parker, AZ (map). We will launch at the end of Takeoff Point Rd. Pack your kayak with your camping gear and food.We'll meet at the end of Takeoff Point Rd. An immediate Left after you cross Parker Dam. We'll paddle about 4 miles to Satellite Cove, where we will set up camp at the BLM campsites ($10 per night, per site, bring cash). There are 3 boat-in campsites in this cove, and it is first come... (getting there Thursday could help). These campsites come with: a brick outhouse, shade trees or canopy, BBQs and trash cans.From there we can paddle north up by and past Cattail Cove State Park (can buy ice there too). Black Meadows across the water... and explore all the nooks and crannies. Hikes abundant as well. We paddled around 20+ miles last trip. Cattail Cove State Park is a good place for an RV if you want to camp there and join in on the paddles from there. State Highway 95, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86406 One of the great parts of this trip, is having 2 whole days to kayak, swim and explore. 2 days that you don't have to pack and/or unpack. Saturday night dinner - Potluck, no theme.For questions or to RSVP go to the

Valley Wide Kayak Club Meet Up Page



When participating on a VWKC event the usual precautions apply. All paddlers must WEAR their PFD’s (life jacket)
while in their kayak. Everyone is responsible for his or her own safety. VWKC is not responsible for the safety of
individuals who participate in any type of kayak event.

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