|Name:||Estero Americano by Kayak||
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|Tidal Information for this
|Total Distance:||12.09 miles (19.45 km)|
|Total Trip Time:||5:10:11 (4:09:20 moving time)|
|Trip Description and put-in information:||If you are looking for an easy, calm
paddle North of San Francisco, you might want to go to Estero Americano.
The put in for this paddle is Right Near Valley Ford (You can download the
GPS track for exact location). Our second trip with Peter and Sylvia
was pretty windy with a current going against us on the way out.
Nevertheless, we had a great time paddling the 6 scenic miles to the mouth
of the Estero. Once there, Peter and I played in the waves for a few
minutes. Conditions were very good for playing in the waves (i.e.
flood tide - easy to get back in)! We saw a fair amount of wild life
in both directions. On the way back, I set up a sail with my paddle
and my paddle jacket. Max sailing speed was 4.5 mph during the
strong gusts. The rest of the time, I could cruise at 3.5+
mph! Round trip distance is a little over 12 miles. Put in can
be challenging if the water is low. I think this place would benefit
from some sort of dock. This location is
only accessible by private boat - so there won't be any cars to disturb
After the trip, I had some communication with a local land owner. Here is the information that I was provided with: Thank you for responding so quickly. The land surrounding the Estero Americano is private agricultural land. The beaches at the mouth of the Estero are owned by two agricultural land owners. Camping is only allowed with permission from the land owners. Only after permission from the land owner is obtained, a campfire permit can be obtained from the Marin County Fire Department. Kayaking along the estero is only allowed during high tides. Thank you for updating this information on your website. Please email me if you have any more questions or concerns. Sincerely, Nichola Spaletta (firstname.lastname@example.org)
|Average Speed:||2.91 mph (4.68 kph)|
Brian Kayak Surfing
Peter in his Kayak
Peter kayaks into Estero
Janet in yellow kayak
Kayaks in Estero