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.
- 6:30 PM - Meet for dinner at Taco Temple, 2680 Main Street, Morro Bay. Not your Abuela’s tacos. California Fusion Cuisine – lot of fresh veggies, seafood and monster carrot cake.
- On the water by 9 AM. Morning paddle in the Back Bay, maybe out to the rock. Tides are good until around 12:30 PM. We will launch from the marina in Morro Bay State Park. We’ll enjoy the quiet back bay in Baywood Park/Los Osos and climb the sand dunes – hopefully spot seals and various waterfowl. We’ve even seen eagles on the dunes!
- Afternoon trip to Morro Rock to see the otters.
- Drive to Montana de Oro State Park. 6550 Pecho Valley Road, Los Osos. Beautiful beach trails. Camping, but no hookups or showers.
- On the water by 9 AM. Morning paddle up the estuaries and under the bridge on Bay Road. Lots of seals, including pups. Pelicans and other water fowl were also around. We may get up close and personal to feral pigs.
- Lunch at the Bayside Café at the Marina.
- Possibilities for Sunday:
- Hike the Elfin Forest. Nice boardwalk trail, partly handicap accessible. Pygmy oak groves that sheltered the Chumash Indians many hundreds of years ago.
- Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville. 1863 Front Street, Oceano. Serves sandwiches, salad, popcorn, beer and wine. Lots of fun, the show on Sunday is “Sylvia” – should be a good one for dog lovers. Sing-along afterwards. Tickets are $24.00.
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
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:
here for the event flyer with all the details
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
July 7 a Non VWKC event/
Test your stamina at Paddle Big Bear at 7,000 feet in beautiful Big Bear Lake, California.
This is a fun race for both first time racers and elite athletes. We offer three distances plus a free kid’s race. Paddle your OC, Kayak, Surfski, or SUP. Enjoy the races, demos, and beach party!
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 Pending
Hosted by Linda Davis-Julian
From Valley Wide Kayak Club
September - December Event Schedule is pending.
Check back for future events.
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 email@example.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- Sunday, March 4 - Salton Sea Kayak & Camping Weekend.
Diane Boss Hostess 951-634-4952 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 email@example.com
For the event flyer, click
You an RSVP at Meetup <https://www.meetup.com/Valley-Wide-Kayak-Club/events/246005828/>
Sunday, February 11 - 9:30 am - Lake Perris Sail Cove Cancelled
due to high winds
January 19, 2018 - 3 Day - Havasu Hot Air Balloon
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
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
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 https://www.facebook.com/kayakcoloradoriver/
Friday, November 10, 2017, 12:00 PM to Sunday, November 12,
3 Days - Arizona Oasis RV Resort - Ehrenburg, AZ
- Colorado River
Back by popular demand, we will again paddle the beautiful Colorado River
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 https://www.meetup.com/Valley-Wide-Kayak-Club/events/240298426/ and click on Register Here or visit https://www.classy.org/events/-/e135113 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 https://rmhcsc.org/camp/stories
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
see photos of past charity paddles click here http://www.valleywidekayakclub.org/CharityPaddlesforRonaldMcDonaldPhotos.ht
Event Chair - Kathy Hakala (951) 900-3512 or email@example.com
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 https://www.meetup.com/Valley-Wide-Kayak-Club/events/240060751
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 https://www.meetup.com/Valley-Wide-Kayak-Club/events/240064967/ 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. www.riodelsolinn.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org For more informaiton and to sign up go to https://www.meetup.com/Valley-Wide-Kayak-Club/events/240074445/
July 4th Mission Bay (Fireworks on the Water). Contact Jen Kleck
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 (https://youtu.be/NXNC3bHAK_E)
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 (http://rivcoparksreservations.org/reservations/flash/flashreservations.asp?parkID=5&MapID=3)
Contact Diane at (951) 990-0017 to sign up
Lake Skinner Campground (http://www.rivcoparks.org/parks/lake-skinner/lake-skinner-home/)
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
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 www.BajaKayakFest.com
Click here for event
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 email@example.com and Diane Boss at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Contact : email@example.com