Helpful Links for Paddlers
Paddling groups in the area:
Canoe and Kayak Paddlers, meetup group. Beginner/intermediate paddles in many parts of the Bay Area.
Area Sea Kayakers, the group for serious sea kayakers. Centered around
San Francisco, Oakland area. "Dress for immersion!"
Kayakers Alliance, meetup group
Lodi Paddle Club, a meetup group
Motherlode Padling Section, a Sierra Club section around Sacramento. Active canoeing and kayak schedule. The best way to get information on the group is to contact Larry Deckard at
North Bay Kayakers, meetup group
Petaluma Paddlers Kayak Club, a very active group, free to join. Most trips are in the North Bay out to Pt Reyes area. Join by joining their Yahoo Group. Serious concentration on potluck lunches.
POST, A whitewater canoe club based in Oakland - nice bunch of people with lots of experience.
Sacramento Sea Kayakers, paddle Sac area and Sierra lakes, Delta rivers, and the central coast.
Thurseve Paddlers, These guys get together every Thursday to paddle around the Bay in the dark in all conditions. Mostly BASK members. Famous for parties on remote beaches. Paddles are recounted on their Blog.
Western Sea Kayakers, sea kayaking group centered in the South Bay area.
Western Waters Canoe Club, open boat paddlers group centered around San Jose.
American Canoe Association: the national association for all paddle sports.
Great American Days provides some general information about different kinds of kayaking