The Award-Winning Guidebook Just Got Even Better…

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Fully Updated New Edition of
Sea Kayaking Central & Northern California

The Best Day Trips & Tours from the Lost Coast To Pismo Beach


“From detailed site descriptions to practical planning advice [this book] is a Northern California sea kayaker’s classic.”

-Eugene Buchanan, publisher of Paddler magazine

The book includes maps, photos, and route descriptions for 40 of our favorite local trips and destinations in Northern California. Most routes have options for beginner, intermediate and advanced kayakers so that well over 100 trip options exist.

New Edition Features

  • Many new trips and extended routes, now reaching south to Pismo Beach
  • GPS coordinates for launch site and landmarks
  • Launch site addresses to plug into your car’s GPS
  • Updated web information including links to…
  • Free downloadable NOAA marine charts
  • National Weather Service marine forecasts
  • Aerial photos of launch sites
  • Web cams

Online Sources: (“Look Inside” feature!)

Table of Contents:


Part 1: Paddling the Pacific Coastdivider

  • Introdution
  • Trip Planning, Water Safety and Sea Sense
  • Hypothermia, Rescues and Reentries, Boats and Gear
  • Weather: Tips for Paddling in Wind, Seasonal Weather Patterns
  • Tides and Currents, Swell and Surf, Open Coast Paddling
  • Basic Kayak Navigation, Minimum Impact
  • How to Use this Book: Guide to Route Descriptions

Part 2: The Lost Coast and Mendocinodivider

  1. Shelter Cove to Bear Harbor
  2. Bear Harbor to Usal Beach and Beyond
  3. Russian Gulch to Point Cabrillo
  4. Big River
  5. Van Damme State Beach
  6. Albion to Dark Gulch

Part 3: Point Reyes National Seashore and Vicinitydivider

  • Russian River
  • Bodega Harbor
  • Estero Americano
  • North Tomales Bay – Nicks Cove to Tomales Point and Beyond (Sample Map)
  • Central Tomales Bay – Inverness to Hog Island
  • South Tomales – White House Pool to Millerton Park
  • Drakes Estero
  • Drakes Beach to Chimney Rock and the Point Reyes Headlands
  • Point Reyes National Seashore Outer-Coast Camping Tour
  • Bolinas Lagoo and Duxbury Reef

Part 4: San Francisco Bay
17 China Camp
18 Richardson Bay to Angel Island
19 Golden Gate to Point Bonita and Beyond
20 Bair Island Reserve and Corkscrew Slough
21 Newark Slough Wildlife Refuge

Part 5: Montery Bay Marine Sanctuary and Vicinity
22 Lexington Reservoir
23 Loch Lomond (soon available)
24 Pillar Point Harbor and Beyond
25 Pigeon Point to Franklin Point Rock Gardens
26 Santa Cruz Harbor to Natural Bridges State Beach and Beyond
27 In the Lee of Pleasure Point: Capitola, New Brighton and Seacliff Photos
28 Elkhorn Slough National Reserve: Moss Landing to Rubis Creek (see UPDATE)
29 Upper Elkhorn Slough: Kirby Park Area
30 Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge
31 Monterey’s Cannery Row to Pt Piños and Beyond
32 Stillwater Cove
33 Point Lobos State Marine Reserve

Part 6: Big Sur Coast to Morro Bay
34 Andrew Molera State Park to Point Sur and Beyond
35 Mill Creek to Lopez Point Photos
36 San Simeon Bay and Beyond
37 Cayucos State Beach to Point Estero
38 Morro Bay Estuary
39 Morro Rock to Spooners Cove in Montaña de Oro
40 Port San Luis, Avila Beach and Beyond