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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,

2017 meetings: Jan 11, Feb 6, Mar 6, Apr 3, May 1, June 5, July 3,
Aug 7, Sept 13, Oct 2, Nov 6, and Dec 4



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.

2017 Events

Events are also listed on our Valley Wide Kayak Club Meet Up Page

Alternates one week Friday, one week Saturday, sometimes Sunday. Sail Cove Launch at 9:30 am,
Bring water, snack and we're having lunch on the island. We will paddle around the entire lake. 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. There won't always be a host for these Conditioning paddles. There will not always be a host for this paddle. Check the meetup page to see if anyone has RSVP'd

Friday, Feb 10 - Sunday, Feb 12 - North Shore Xtreme Salton Sea - Diane Boss Hostess 951-634-4952 Event is at the Salton State Beach Visitor Center on Saturday, Feb 11 - Camp at Mecca Beach Fri. Feb 10 to Sun Feb 12. Click here to open the event flyer with all the details and click here to view the North Shore Xtreme Paddling Event website


Sat, Feb 18 to Mon, Feb 20 - Explore Colorado River from Squaw Lake Campground, Yuma, AZ Mike Alexander Host
This is a car camping kayak trip. Camp at Squaw Campground in Yuma, explore the Colorado River from there. Click here to go to the Squaw Lake BLM Website Meet at Gary Hakala's home in Hemet at 8 am on Sat. Feb 18. Drive to campsite, set up camp, and have a late afternoon paddle. Join Mike and Gary for an adventurous paddle up or down the Colorado River for about 20 miles, exploring the hidden coves protected by cattails. If you don't want to paddle that fast or far, paddle the river at your own pace. Contact information: Mike Alexander at or (951) 440-9827, Gary Hakala (951) 990-1361

Thurs, March 23 to Sun, March 26 Black Canyon up the Colorado River to Hoover Dam - Ginny Packham Host
Thursday arrival - options are to stay at Willow Beach Marina and Campground or at the Link to Hoover Dam Lodge at Hoover Dam. Meet at Willow Beach Marina launch area 8 am... SHARP. This event you will pack your kayak with your camping gear. You are responsible for your own food and toiletries. There is a Outhouse at the planned campsite. 1
We will launch from Willow Beach in the morning at 8 am paddling up river stopping at several sites along the way.
Camp at the large beach below the dam. Day 2 Paddle to the Hoover Dam and the sauna cave, maybe do some hiking to the hot springs if people are interested then back to the campsite. We will share dinner potluck, no food theme. Everyone person is to bring 1 Dura Flame Log. Day 3 Paddle down river to Willow Beach and pack up for home. We're planning an alternate trip if we can't go to Black Canyon... we will check the winds prior to leaving and decide at that time. ALTERNATIVE TRIP - SATELLITE COVE - from Parker Dam Paddling 4 miles up Lake Havasu and Camp off the side of the river at a BLM campsites. For questions or to RSVP to Ginny Packham, go to the Valley Wide Kayak Club Meet Up Page You can also camp right at Willow Beach Marina (same place we will launch from). Link to Willow Beach Marina and Campground Map of Colorado River numbers on the map are mile markers.

Link to a video from an up river paddle in 2012. Video features Valley Wide Kayak Club members and a few friends of club members.

Friday, April 7 to Sunday, April 9 - 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

Sat. April 22 Bi Rock Triathlon, Lake Perris (Guide Swimmers)
Help guide swimmers as they compete in a triathlon. They need 4 to 6 kayakers on the water no later than 7:10 am. Park in lot 8. This is a great opportunity to get on Lake Perris for FREE. Simply let the ranger at the pay booth know you are volunteering for the triathlon in order to get in for FREE.
Link to a video from Big Rock Triathlon (Triathlon coverage starts after the first 50 seconds).
For more information contact Diane Boss at (951) 634-4952 or email

Thursday, April 20, to Sunday, 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

Friday, 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


Friday, June 9 - Sunday - June 11 Lake Skinner Paddle and Chili Cook Off - Diane Millard - Hostess
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 or go to to RSVP on our meetup page. Click here for flyer with all the details

Link to a video

Sunday, June 25 - Lake Hodges - Escondido Day Paddle - Launch 9:30 am
20102 Lake Drive, escondido, CA Click here for (Map) We will meet at the launch. The lake is about an Hour south of Riverside. There is no camping at Hodges. It is a day trip only. There is a picnic area with tables where can eat lunch bring lunch with you) Dogs must be on a leash and kept at least 50 feet away from the water. Dogs are not allowed on the boats.
To RSVP & for more details visit Kelly Jo Miller is Host

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


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

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. Contact Lisa Graham to sign up or for questions: Click here for flyer with more details:

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.

Friday, Aug18 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, 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, 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. To sign up, go to Valley Wide Kayak Club meetup page where you can pay your $25 paddling registration fee and/or make a sponsorship donation.
Our generous members have supported this great 501 (c) 3 non profit organization for many years, raising over $120,000 to date. 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


Nov 10-13 Arizona Oasis RV Resort - Ehrenburg, AZ - Colorado River
Back by popular demand, we will again paddle the beautiful Colorado River from
our campsites. Linda & Bob have reserved site #97 and Don & Dianne have # 96. Make your reservations: Contact Linda Julian - Hostess To RSVP or for more details go to our meet up page

Bow South Expedition - Kayaking the Lower Colorado River November 10 - 26 2017
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


RESERVE NOW Lake Havasu Balloon Festival & Fair - Fri - Jan 19 to Sun, Jan 21, 2018 This date was recently set as the date rather than the Martin Luther King weekend it usual happens on. Check to see if there are spots left at Lake Havasu State Park







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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