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VALLEY WIDE KAYAK CLUB
UPCOMING 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 below Hoover Dam. 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 for quagga mussels.   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

MONTHLY MEETINGS
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

2019 Monthly meetings:
January 7, February 4, March 4, April 8, May 6, June 3, July 1, August 5,
Sept 9 (second Monday due to Labor Day on Sept 2), Oct 7, Nov 4, Dec 2 - Holiday party

 

 

EVENTS CALENDAR

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


Friday, June 7 to Sunday, June 9 - 3rd Annual Brian Kovalsky Memorial Paddle at Lake Perris Campground & Chili Cookoff - Leslie Taliaferro host - mora-les@roadrunner.com (951) 265- 8880. NEW THIS YEAR......... WE.CHANGED LOCATION TO LAKE PERRIS FROM LAKE SKINNER SO PADDLERS WHO HAVE SIT IN SIDE OR SIT ON TOP KAYAKS CAN PADDLE!

Kayaking: The paddle will be Sat, June 8 at 9:00 am at Lake Perris in Lot 11 on the east end of the lake to avoid power boats and jet ski's . We will paddle around the lake stopping on the northwest side of the island for an early lunch/snack and some kayak & swimming games. We'll head over to the Lake Perris Deer Campground, Site 221 & 222, at 3 pm where we will set up for the Chili Cookoff. Prizes for the best chili. Those who don't bring chili can bring chili fixin's. Come out and bring your best Chili!!

Camping: Valley Wide Kayak Club reserved and paid for 2 full hook up sites, Site 221 and 222, in the Deer Campground at the Lake Perris State Park Campsite. Nancy Kutsch and Diane Boss have campsite 223. Each site can hold 8 people and 3 vehicles. One vehicle is included in cost of campsite, extra vehicles are $10 per day. These are full hook up sites and can be used for tents or rv's. Cost of one full hook up site for two nights is $94.00 which can be spread out depending on how many people in each site. If you want to book your own campsite, go to http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=651 The tent sites are larger and less expensive but have water only.

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Saturday, July 20 - Newport Back Bay - Pam Martin Host - pamster67@gmail.com (909) 522-0740
Enjoy nature in the back bay and see amazing homes as you paddle around Balboa Island. This is great paddle for all skill levels. Beginners can enjoy the bay while more advanced paddlers go into the open ocean. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zCyWCPhIIU&feature=youtu.be

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Fri, August 23 to Monday, August 26 - Lake Morena County Park Kayak & Camp - Host - Don & Dianne Millard
(951) 990-0017 dndmillards@gmail.com
2550 Lake Morena Drive, Campo, CA . 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. Full hookup sites are $31.00 and a cabin for 4 is $50 (no AC). Don & Dianne have site 20 where we sit under the gigantic oak tree and Nancy Kutsch has site 19. To make a reservation, go to: http://www.sdparks.org/content/sdparks/en/park-pages/LakeMorena.html 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 trailers drained 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. We will have a club kayak paddle on Sat. August 24 at 9 am at the Lake Morena Launch Area

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Thursday, Sept 12 to Sunday, Sept 15 - Santa Cruz Island Scorpion Sea Cave Paddle & Campout - Nancy Kutsch host
nskutsch@hotmail.com Nancy has reserved sites in Group Campground. We'll stay in Ventura Thursday night at catch the Island Packers boat on Friday morning, returning Sunday midday. This is a spectacular island with so much to see and do! Friday, August - Sunday
2 NIGHTS CAMPING AND PADDLE - Check In: Sep 12, 2019 Check Out: Sep 15, 2019 Group Camp A, Upper Loop
Minimum 12 and Maximum 15 people. CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK VENTURA, CA Depart from Ventura Harbor on Island Packers ships on Book your seat on the Friday Sept 13 @ 9 am 1691 Spinnaker Dr #105B, Ventura Harbor (near Channel Islands Park Hdqr) with return on Sunday, Sept 15.to Ventura Harbor. Arrive early to unload your vehicle and rent a kayak if you need one. Kayak & explore sea caves, hike, relax & camp at beautiful Scorpion Cove Campground Pay Island Packers on your own. 805-642-1393, 805-382-1779 $79 for adults; $74 for seniors. VERY IMPORTANT: Book your seat on the Thursday Sept 12 - 9 am Island Packers Boat to Scorpion Cove and return on Sun. Sept 15. DO NOT reserve your seat on the Prisoners Cove boat. The Sunday Sept 15 Departure can be booked for 12 or 4 pm. OTHER COSTS: Thursday night motel: $72 to $139 (see motel info below); $19 single ($28 tandem) to transport your personal kayak or rented (certain restrictions apply to fiber glass, composite, sit-insides and boats over 16’- Call IP for details); $35 first day & $25 each extra day if you want to rent a sit on top kayak and equipment. SOT kayaks and equipment including helmets may be rented from Channel Islands Kayak Center (next to Island Packers at Ventura harbor) Motel accommodations are available for those arriving Thursday at Motel 6 Ventura Beach (2 stars, $72), Crystal Lodge Motel (4 stars. $72), or Holiday Inn Express (4 stars, 139). Be sure to make your reservation at one of these motels. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED

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Thursday, Oct 10 to Sunday, October 13 - Black Canyon Hot Springs Kayak from Hoover Dam to Willow Beach
Diane Boss host redmountainlady@gmail.com We are using Desert River Outfitters for this trip. Possibility of changing date forward one week if its possible. This trip is an amazing, camp out of your kayak in one of the most beautiful kayaking destinations in the world!

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Friday, Nov 8 through Sunday, Nov 10 = Arizona Oasis RV Resort, Ehrenburg, AZ & Colorado River Backwater Paddle - Don & Dianne Millard hosts - Back by popular demand! http://www.skyvalleyresorts.com/arizona-oasis-rv-resort

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2018-19 Past Events
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

 

2019 past Kayak Trips - See the fun trips we've been on this year below

CANCELLED DUE TO 80% CHANCE OF RAIN - WILL RESCHEDULE Sat. May 11 - 10 am Lake Hemet Shoreline Cleanup by Kayak & Camping Fri. May 10 - Sun. May 12 Charlene Stephens host See attached flyer for details. RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/Valley-Wide-Kayak-Club/events/261053825/

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)
• A pontoon boat will be at our disposal to pick up the full trash bags and bring us water
• Camp for the weekend – join VWKC member Charlene (CeeCee) Stephens has rented Campsite
283 for Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11. The camping fee is $45 a night plus $9 for
reservations. Extra cars are $25.
http://lakehemetrecreation.com/reservations/
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.

CANCELLED - WILL RESCHEDULE - Friday, May 17 - Sunday, May 19 Cattail Cove/Satellite Cove Parker, Arizona - Pam Martin - Host (909) 522-0740 pamster67@gmail.com https://azstateparks.com/reserve/cattail-cove/camping/ Main campground is Cattail Cove for RVs and tents. Those that want to do Satellite Cove - a boat in campground - can take their camping gear in their kayaks. 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. Wouldn't hurt to get there early. Limited space at the launch. 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 table, 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. Night paddles on the Cove are the BEST!

Lake Perris - Sail Cove Conditioning Paddle - Sun. April 7 - 9 am launch at 9:30 am - Lake Perris is just beautiful after all the rain. It's hillsides are covered with wild flowers. Bring water, lunch, sunscreen and your kayak and gear. We'll paddle 6 miles around the lake and have lunch on Alessandro island. RSVP or ask questions of Host Diane Boss (951) 634-4952 redmountainlady@gmail.com

Thursday, April 11 - Monday, April 15 - Elkhorn Slough Paddle - Sunset State Beach - Monterey- Sheila & Bob Pisa
They have made their reservations in campsite 1 & 2 at Sunset State Beach. These sites fill up very fast. Info: Sheila Pisa sheila.pisa@gmail.com
Sunset State Beach: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=544 For Info on Elkhorn Slough visit ttps://www.elkhornslough.org/recreation/kayaking/
The Elkhorn Slough is one of California's largest wetlands and is part of a National Estuarine Research Reserve. Located at the heart of the Monterey Bay, it's a short trip from the Monterey Peninsula and the Santa Cruz area. The slough winds inland seven miles and provides vital feeding and resting grounds for a diverse population of wildlife. The weather is mild year-round, and each season offers unique opportunities for wildlife viewing. Click here for complete flyer

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Friday, March 8 to March 10 Salton Sea Kayak & Camping Weekend.

Diane Boss Hostess 951-634-4952 redmountainlady@gmail.com 

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: http://www.valleywidekayakclub.org/who.htm#youtube

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 www.parks.ca.gov and choose the Salton Sea State Recreation Area for more info

Potluck Saturday night at 5 pm……this year will be a Mexican theme 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 drive to 1 mile north to the Salton Sea State Park Visitor Center where they have set up a new launch ramp on the shore. Some of us are renting sit on top kayaks from the Sea & Desert Interpretive Association for $10 per hour which is right behind the Salton Sea Visitor Center. They will haul the rental kayaks to the shore for us and pick them up afterwards. If you have your own kayak, you can park next to the Visitor Center and carry it down to the launch ramp.

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. http://www.sci.sdsu.edu/salton/DosPalmasHistory.html 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 seaanddesert.org for more information

QUESTIONS OR TO SIGN UP, CONTACT DIANE BOSS (951) 634-4952 redmountainlady@gmail.com

 

 

Valley Wide Kayak Club Monthly Meeting - Valley Wide Recreation, 901 W. Esplanade Ave. San Jacinto Modular #1 - Monday, March 4 - 6:30 pm - Topock Gorge Slide Show

 

March 15 - 17 - Arizona Oasis RV Resort, Ehrenburg, AZ & Colorado River Paddle - Need host for this trip as Bob & Linda Julian have cancelled their reservation. Make your reservations at http://www.skyvalleyresorts.com/arizona-oasis-rv-resort Contact Diane Boss if you want to go on this trip. (951) 634-4952

 

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Saturday, February 23 - 9 am, launch at 9:30 am - Lake Perris, Sail Cove - Host, Diane Boss, redmountainlady@gmail.com
Come join us for a conditioning paddle on Lake Perris. We will paddle around the 6 mile shoreline of Lake Perris, stopping at Alessandro Island for a picnic lunch. Bring your lunch, plenty of water, sunscreen and appropriate quick dry clothing.

Thurs, Jan 31 - Sunday, Feb 3 2019 - Topock March & Topock Gorge Paddle & Camp at Park Moabi - Pirate Cove - Diane Boss Host - For more info, contact Diane at redmountainlady@gmail.com We still have two tent sites left on the peninsula that Valley Wide Kayak Club has reserved. If you have already reserved one of these sites, please pay Linda Julian Monday night. $107 for 3 nights for RV's and $40 for 3 nights for tents. See attached flyer for details. We will paddle Topock Marsh across the river from our campsite on Friday and paddle Topock Gorge 17 miles on Saturday (intermediate paddlers as this one is a long day). Once the peninsula sites fill up, you can make your own reservations at https://www.piratecoveresort.com/ Click here for the event flyer with more details. Click here for a map of the Colorado River from Davis Dam to Parker Dam. Open it and look at page 10 to 13 to see our campsite at Park Moabi - Pirate Cove, Topock Marsh & Topock Gorge with takeout point at Castle Rock.

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DECEMBER

Valley Wide Kayak Club Holiday Dinner &
White Elephant Gift Exchange

Monday, December 3, 2018
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

DetailsValley Wide Kayak Club is celebrating its 20th annual Holiday Gathering and Gift Exchange on Monday, December 3 at 6 pm. The club will provide the main dishes of Honey Baked ham and smoked turkey and will provide place settings, utensils and napkins. Members are asked to bring potluck dishes, salads, desserts, appetizers.

We will have the meeting room decorated for Christmas with holiday music playing in the background. Maybe we'll sing some Christmas songs.

We will play a fun White Elephant Gift Exchange. Please bring a wrapped unisex gift ($10 to $15) so you can join the fun!

Our 2019 Valley Wide Kayak Club events calendar will be shared at the meeting. Thanks to all the members who stepped up to host the events.

 

NOVEMBER

CONDITIONING PADDLE - Lake Perris
Sunday, November 11, 2018
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

 

OCTOBER

Friday, October 19, 2018, 12:00 PM to Sunday, October 21, 2018
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. Don & Dianne have # 35 and Linda & Bob have reserved site #34.
Make your reservations: http://www.skyvalleyresorts.com/resorts/arizona-oasis/vacation-rentals 
Dianne Millard - HostessPlease see flier for additional information! Click Here


 

SEPTEMBER

VALLEY WIDE KAYAK CLUB
KAYAK/CAMPING TRIP SANTA CRUZ ISLAND
CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK VENTURA, CA
Fri Sep 28

Depart from Ventura Harbor on Island Packers ship @ 9 am 1691 Spinnaker Dr #105B, Ventura Harbor (near Channel Islands Park Hdqr) Arrive early to unload your vehicle and rent a kayak if you need one. Kayak & explore sea caves, hike, relax & camp at beautiful Scorpion Cove Campground Friday to Sunday Sep 30 depart Santa Cruz Island @ 4 pm & return to Ventura Harbor
Call Island Packers to reserve your seat. Pay Island Packers on your own. 805-642-1393, 805-382-1779 $79 for adults; $74 for seniors. VERY IMPORTANT: Book your seat on the Fri. Sept 28 - 9 am Island Packers Boat to Scorpion Cove and return on Sun. Sept 30 at 4pm. DO NOT reserve your seat on the Prisoners Cove boat. If the Sun Sept 30 4 pm boat is booked up, ask for the 12 pm boat.
There are three adjacent campsites, #2, #6, #10, in the lower loop closest to the landing reserved for VWKC members. Cost is approx. $5 each for both days.
OTHER COSTS: Thursday night motel: $72 to $139 (see motel info below); $19 single ($28 tandem) to transport your personal kayak or rented (certain restrictions apply to fiber glass, composite, sit-insides and boats over 16’- Call IP for details); $35 first day & $25 each extra day if you want to rent a sit on top kayak and equipment. SOT kayaks and equipment including helmets may be rented from Channel Islands Kayak Center (next to Island Packers at Ventura harbor) Motel accommodations are available for those arriving Thursday at Motel 6 Ventura Beach (2 stars, $72), Crystal Lodge Motel (4 stars. $72), or Holiday Inn Express (4 stars, 139). Be sure to make your reservation at one of these motels. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED – Contact trip host George Greer to sign up or for questions: 858-231-5455; ggreer1@gmail.com See additional details on following pages from an confirmation email from Island Packers with all the details of how to pack, what to bring, etc. George Greer
858-231-5455
ggreer1@gmail.com
Please see flier for additional information! Click Here!

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AUGUST

Friday, August 24 - Sunday, August 26
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. Full hookup sites are $31.00 and a cabin for 4 is $50 (no AC). Sites number 20, 19 and 57 have been reserved by VWKC members.
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 trailers drained 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 PendingHosted by Linda Davis-Julian (909) 223-5699 linda_hemet@yahoo.com
From Valley Wide Kayak Club

 

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JULY

Kayaking Newport Back Bay
Sunday, July 22, 2018
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Enjoy nature in the back bay and see amazing homes as you paddle around Balboa Island. This is great paddle for all skill levels. Beginners can enjoy the bay while more advanced paddlers go into the open ocean.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zCyWCPhIIU&feature=youtu.be

Newport Aquatic Center,
1 Whitecliff Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92660

JUNE

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 mora-les@roadrunner.com 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.

 

MAY

Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 9:30 am Safety and Training

SELF & ASSISTED RESCUE TRAINING (IF WATER IS WARM ENOUGH) & CONDITIONING PADDLE - LAKE PERRIS

9:30 AM Johannah, our Kayak Instructor, will give a one hour class on Self & Assisted Rescue (if water is warm enough). Contact Johannah at johannah10k@gmail.com
The Conditioning Paddle will follow the Kayak Skills Instruction Class to help condition you for future paddles.

 

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:
http://lakehemetrecreation.com/rates-rentals/

Click here for the event flyer with all the details

 

 

APRIL

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Safety and Training

BRACING / EDGING, STERN RUDDERS & CONDITIONING PADDLE - LAKE PERRIS

9:30 AM Johannah, our Kayak Instructor, will give a one hour class on Bracing/Edging & Stern Rudders. Contact Johannah at johannah10k@gmail.com

The Conditioning Paddle will follow the Kayak Skills Instruction Class to help condition you for future paddles.

 

April 13 to Sunday, April 15

Morro Bay
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.

Trip Highlights:

Friday Night:

Saturday:

Sunday:

Camping Reservations
Morro Bay State Park – There are currently no open spaces for Friday through Sunday.
Montana De Oro State Park – Beautiful park, but no showers or hookups. Spaces are available. Short drive to Morro Bay State Park Marina.
El Chorro Regional Park – Off highway 1, has primitive and hookups available for that weekend.


On the 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

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MARCH

Saturday, March 24 - 9:30 am
Lake Perris Sail Cove
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 johannah10k@gmail.com Check the meetup page to RSVP https://www.meetup.com/Valley-Wide-Kayak-Club

LAKE PERRIS SAIL COVE - MONTHLY KAYAK INSTRUCTION & CONDITIONING PADDLES
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 http://www.valleywidekayakclub.org/safety.htm 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 https://www.meetup.com/Valley-Wide-Kayak-Club/events/flrszmywjbgb/

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

Diane Boss Hostess 951-634-4952 redmountainlady@gmail.com 

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: http://www.valleywidekayakclub.org/who.htm#youtube

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 www.parks.ca.gov 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. http://www.sci.sdsu.edu/salton/DosPalmasHistory.html 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 seaanddesert.org for more information

QUESTIONS OR TO SIGN UP, CONTACT DIANE BOSS (951) 634-4952 redmountainlady@gmail.com

For the event flyer, click here

You an RSVP at Meetup <https://www.meetup.com/Valley-Wide-Kayak-Club/events/246005828/>

Training

BRACING / EDGING, STERN RUDDERS & CONDITIONING PADDLE - LAKE PERRIS

9:30 AM Johannah, our Kayak Instructor, will give a one hour class on Bracing/Edging & Stern Rudders. Contact Johannah at johannah10k@gmail.com

The Conditioning Paddle will follow the Kayak Skills Instruction Class to help condition you for future paddles.

 

April 13 to Sunday, April 15

Morro Bay
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.

Trip Highlights:

Friday Night:

Saturday:

Sunday:

 

 

 

FEBRUARY 

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

 

 

JANUARY

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, emittin

 

 

 

JULY

Kayaking Newport Back Bay
Sunday, July 22, 2018
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Enjoy nature in the back bay and see amazing homes as you paddle around Balboa Island. This is great paddle for all skill levels. Beginners can enjoy the bay while more advanced paddlers go into the open ocean.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zCyWCPhIIU&feature=youtu.be

Newport Aquatic Center,
1 Whitecliff Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92660

 

JUNE 

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 mora-les@roadrunner.com 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.

 

 

MAY

Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 9:30 am Safety and Training

SELF & ASSISTED RESCUE TRAINING (IF WATER IS WARM ENOUGH) & CONDITIONING PADDLE - LAKE PERRIS

9:30 AM Johannah, our Kayak Instructor, will give a one hour class on Self & Assisted Rescue (if water is warm enough). Contact Johannah at johannah10k@gmail.com
The Conditioning Paddle will follow the Kayak Skills Instruction Class to help condition you for future paddles.

 

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:
http://lakehemetrecreation.com/rates-rentals/

Click here for the event flyer with all the details

 

 

APRIL

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Safety and Training

BRACING / EDGING, STERN RUDDERS & CONDITIONING PADDLE - LAKE PERRIS

9:30 AM Johannah, our Kayak Instructor, will give a one hour class on Bracing/Edging & Stern Rudders. Contact Johannah at johannah10k@gmail.com

The Conditioning Paddle will follow the Kayak Skills Instruction Class to help condition you for future paddles.

 

April 13 to Sunday, April 15

Morro Bay
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.

Trip Highlights:

Friday Night:

Saturday:

Sunday:

Camping Reservations
Morro Bay State Park – There are currently no open spaces for Friday through Sunday.
Montana De Oro State Park – Beautiful park, but no showers or hookups. Spaces are available. Short drive to Morro Bay State Park Marina.
El Chorro Regional Park – Off highway 1, has primitive and hookups available for that weekend.


On the 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

 

 

MARCH

Saturday, March 24 - 9:30 am 
Lake Perris Sail Cove
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 johannah10k@gmail.com Check the meetup page to RSVP https://www.meetup.com/Valley-Wide-Kayak-Club

LAKE PERRIS SAIL COVE - MONTHLY KAYAK INSTRUCTION & CONDITIONING PADDLES 
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 http://www.valleywidekayakclub.org/safety.htm 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 https://www.meetup.com/Valley-Wide-Kayak-Club/events/flrszmywjbgb/

 

 

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

Diane Boss Hostess 951-634-4952 redmountainlady@gmail.com 

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: http://www.valleywidekayakclub.org/who.htm#youtube

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 www.parks.ca.gov 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. http://www.sci.sdsu.edu/salton/DosPalmasHistory.html 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 seaanddesert.org for more information

QUESTIONS OR TO SIGN UP, CONTACT DIANE BOSS (951) 634-4952 redmountainlady@gmail.com

For the event flyer, click here

You an RSVP at Meetup <https://www.meetup.com/Valley-Wide-Kayak-Club/events/246005828/>

 

 

 

FEBRUARY 

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

 

 

JANUARY

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, emittin

 

 

 

 

 

 

ontact : info@valleywidekayakclub.org

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