Alviso Slough

Alviso, California

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While this might not be the sort of place you’d be willing to drive hours out of your way to paddle, for South Bay locals Alviso Slough’s new launch facility is just way too convenient to pass up. Along with its proximity, it offers both a boat ramp and a low dock for easy launch access (so no more mud launches), a regularly dredged channel out to San Francisco Bay that’s navigable at any tide height, tons of birdlife to see along the way, and even wash racks (bring your own hose) and plenty of free parking. It’s great for a quick fitness paddle after work or a Sunday morning dawdle.
Sea Kayaking in Central & Northern California

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Sea Kayaking in Central & Northern California

by Roger Schumann (Falcon Guides)

While this might not be the sort of place you’d be willing to drive hours out of your way to paddle, for South Bay locals Alviso Slough’s new launch facility is just way too
convenient to pass up.

Along with its proximity, it offers both a boat ramp and a low dock for easy launch access (so no more mud launches), a regularly dredged channel out to San Francisco Bay that’s navigable at any tide height, tons of birdlife to see along the way, and even wash racks (bring your own hose) and plenty of free parking. It’s great for a quick fitness paddle after work or a Sunday morning dawdle.

© 2013 Roger Schumann /Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Birding, Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Alviso
Distance: 1-8 miles
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Tidal Information: Although the area gets very shallow at low tide, the main channel is dredged and open at all tide heights.
Hazards/Cautions: Mud shoals if you leave the slough, currents, afternoon winds, harbor seals, and boat traffic.
Best Times: Year-round
Local Maps: USGS: Milpitas and Mountain View (7.5 minute) and NOAA chart 18651 (charts.noaa.gov/OnLineViewer/18651.shtml
Driving Directions: Directions to Alviso Slough

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