Alviso Slough

Alviso, California 95002

Alviso Slough

Alviso Slough Professional Review and Guide

"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."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1-8 miles
Easy to Difficult
Skill Level
Although the area gets very shallow at low tide, the main channel is dredged and open at all tide heights.
Tidal Information
Mud shoals if you leave the slough, currents, afternoon winds, harbor seals, and boat traffic.
Best Times
USGS: Milpitas and Mountain View (7.5 minute) and NOAA chart 18651 (
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018