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Directions to paddling sites we often use


This page last updated 04/06/2010

Chicken Ranch Beach - Tomales Bay

Just past Inverness as you are going toward Pt Reyes. Following Sir Francis Drake Blvd; pass through Inverness itself, and continue just past Blue Waters Kayaking. There is a pull off on the right side of the road and an outhouse. Trail leads down to the beach. If you start going up the hill you have gone too far.

Cosumnes River Preserve - near Lodi

The preserve is located just east of I-5. It is about 12 miles north of Route 12 which goes through Lodi, and about 20 miles south of Sacramento. 

From I-5, exit onto Twin Cities Road. Go EAST on Twin Cities Road for about 1 mile to Franklin Blvd. Turn RIGHT (south) on Franklin Blvd and continue for about 1.5 miles to the Visitor Center. Use the large parking lot just past the Visitor Center drive way. Toilets located in parking area. Long walk to put-in from car, bring wheels. 

Cuttings Wharf (public boat launch)- Napa River

South of the town of Napa. From Highway 29, go west on 12/121. Turn left, (south), on Cuttings Wharf road. Follow Cuttings Wharf Road to the end (note: Cuttings Warf Road takes a Y to the left). Parking lot, outhouse. Adjacent to Moore's Landing bar and grill - (707) 253-7038 - (check to see if Moore's is open).

Delta Meadows State Recreation Area  

This location has been closed by the State Parks Dept. The best near by put-in is Wimpey's Marina, Walnut Grove.

Drakes Estero - Point Reyes -  Drakes Bay Oyster Co. (used to be called Johnson's Oyster Farm)

Follow Sir Francis Drake through Inverness. Follow signs toward the lighthouse. Turn Left on Oyster Company Road to end. Launch from the Oyster Farm. Outhouses are available. Put-in is very muddy at low tide.

Estero Americano - near Bodega Bay

From Highway 101 in Petaluma, follow signs toward Bodega Bay to the town of Valley Ford. In Valley Ford. Turn Left at Dinnicci's Italian Dinner onto Valley Ford Estero/Franklin School Road. Go about 1 mile to a bridge over the Estero. Turn Left at far end of bridge onto Marsh Road. The put-in is right beside the bridge. No facilities and few bushes.  Put-in can be steep and muddy.

Hearts Desire Beach - Tomales Bay State Park

Follow Sir Francis Drake through Inverness. Bear Right onto Pierce Point Road. Turn Right into Tomales Bay State Park. Follow signs to Hearts Desire Beach. Entry fee.

Heademan Slough Boat Ramp - near Napa

From Sonoma - Take Hwy. 121/12 toward Napa. Turn right on Ramal Rd and right on Skaggs Island Rd.  Watch for Skaggs Island Road signs, intersection itself is not marked.

From Napa - Take Hwy. 12 west from Napa. Turn left on Duhig Road. Duhig road turns into Ramel Rd. Turn left onto Skaggs Island Rd. Skaggs Island Road is not marked at the intersection itself. Keep you eyes open before you get there for a sign a hundred feet or so before the intersection.

Boat ramp and parking area, no other facilities. The ramp and parking are gated and the gate may be locked. Key is available from Sonoma Country Parks Dept.  More information  Map

Laguna de la Santa Rosa - Sebastopol

Park at a dirt pull-off on east side of bridge on Occidental Rd., north side of Sebastopol. From downtown Sebastopol, take High School to its end at Occidental. Turn right on Occidental. In about 1/4 mile you will cross the bridge over the Laguna. The parking pull-off is another 100 feet or so past the bridge. There are two put in spots. One may be better than the other depending on the water level. You can follow a path next to the road back to the bridge, or follow a path across the fields.

Lake del Valle Regional Park- Livermore area

Del Valle Regional Park is located on Del Valle Road off Mines Road south of Livermore. Exit I-580 eastbound or westbound in Livermore at North Livermore Avenue. Head south and proceed through town (North Livermore Avenue will become South Livermore Avenue in town). About 1.5 miles outside town, turn right at Mines Road, go about 3.5 miles and continue straight on Del Valle Road (Mines Road turns left). The park entrance is about four miles ahead. Fees for parking and boat launch.

Lake Hennessey - near Napa

Lake Hennessey is on Sage Canyon Road, SR128, which comes off the the Silverado Trail north of the town of Napa. Look for "Conn Dam" signs. The boat ramp is next to the road, a mile or so past the dam. Parking fee.  It is at the intersection of Sage Canyon Rd (CA 128) and Long Ranch Rd.  Map  (on the map Lake Hennessy Dock = the boat ramp.)

Loch Lomond - near Santa Cruz

Directions: From Highway 17 going south: In Scotts valley take the Mt. Herman Rd. Exit. Follow it into Felton 3.5 miles. Turn left onto Graham Hill Road. Go about a half mile to East Zayante Rd. Turn left. Go about 2.5 miles to Lompico Rd. Turn left. Go about 1.5 miles to west Drive. Turn left. Go about 3/4 of a mile to Sequoia Dr. Turn Right follow Sequoia Cr. to the entrance. This is a very popular park/reservoir.  Parking fee.  Map

Mokelumne River - Comanche Dam put-in - in the Valley

Directions: From SR12, east of Lodi, go a couple miles past Clements. Turn Left on McIntire Rd (watch for Fish Hatchery signs - this road is hard to spot). Follow McIntire to the county park (Mokelumne Day Use Area) by the river. Privies.

Papa's Taverna (Lakeville) - near Petaluma

Papa's Taverna is closed at the time this is written. You can still launch and land at this location

On Lakeville Rd. about 7.5 miles north of highway 37, or about 5 mile south of highway 101 in Petaluma. Look for Papa's Taverna signs. Ramp is directly behind Papa's. A small fee is charged for launching boats. Papa's has great Greek food plus Greek dancing on weekends.

Petaluma Marina

Just off Highway 101 on south side of Petaluma, where Highway 116 joins 101. From 101, exit onto 116/Lakeville Rd toward Sonoma. Turn right into Baywood Dr, and right immediately into the parking lot. Restrooms. No launch or parking fee.  Address: 781 Baywood Dr. Petaluma

San Pablo Dam Reservoir - near San Pablo/Orinda

From Highway 24 take the Orinda Exit towards Richmond & Orinda Village.  Merge to the left onto Camino Pablo and travel approximately 8 miles through the town of Orinda. Camino Pablo turns into San Pablo Dam Rd. You'll start to see the reservoir on your right, and the entrance to the park follows on your right. MCKC uses the boat ramp area toward the south end of the lake. Entry and boat launch fees are charged.

Suisun City Boat Ramp

In downtown Suisun City. From I80 in Fairfield take 12 toward Suisun City/Rio Vista. Bear Left on 12E. Take the S Pennsylvania Ave. exit. Left on Cordelia St, Right on Kellog to Public Boat Ramp parking area. No parking/launch fee for canoes or kayaks.