Local Bay Area
Meet Your River
NEXT AUTUMN TOUR:
SAN PABLO and BRIONES
KAYAK and BOAT TOUR
Sun, October 20th, 2019 ~ 4.5 hrs
The drinking water that arrives in the East Bay via aqueduct from the Sierra-Nevada Mountains is stored in several local reservoirs. Two of them are tucked behind the Berkeley hills. Our intention on this tour is to travel by boat (kayaks, canoes, pedal boats, and patio boats are available to rent) across the San Pablo Reservoir to where it meanders out of San Pablo Creek, disembark and hike up the steep spillway to Briones Reservoir, enjoy an eco-educational picnic, and hike/boat back.
FINAL TOUR of THIS DECADE:
Sun, December 8, 2019
Spawning Coho and Steelhead Viewing
Lagunitas Creek, Marin County
Previous Local Tours:
OAKLAND/SAN LEANDRO (LISJAN) CREEK
LOCAL WATERSHED TOUR
San Leandro Creek, reclaimed as Lisjan Creek by the Ohlone community that lived along its banks for thousands of years, stands out as an especially daylighted and protected creek in the East Bay, outflowing near Oakland Airport through one of the Bay’s last remaining marshes, meandering across urban flatlands which still draw from its local drinking water supply, pouring through Lake Chabot and the Upper San Leandro Reservoir, and beginning as trickling tributaries in Canyon and Moraga.
Some of our favorite tours have followed neighborhood East Bay flows ~ like Temescal Creek, which arrives at the Bay via the Emeryville Crescent (as the freeway i80 curves westwards towards the Bay Bridge, you’ll see diverse varieties of birds (and the fish and krill they love to eat) congregating throughout the outflow.
MT. TAMALPAIS/CORTE MADERA CREEK
LOCAL WATERSHED TOUR
Seriously beautiful places surround Mt. Tamalpais, some fundamental to the continuing flow of drinking water for everyone on both the ocean and bay sides of Marin County. Lots of histories embedded and embodied here ~ from the encounter between Coastal Miwok and Sir Francis Drake, the chopped-off middle and western peak of Mt Tam which were replaced with nuclear missiles, to the rising and falling rates of breast cancer in Marin, all available explorations as we spiral around the mountain.
The North Bay flashes the full spectrum of watershed ecosystems ~ from marshes and mudflats to tide pools and steep redwood creek waterfalls! Even a beach that’s been overtaken by giant mating Elephant Seals since the government shutdown last winter.
Though it retains some scars from the silicon dumps of its past, as well as the shockingly vibrant colors of its seasonal salt ponds, there are multitudes of hidden eco-immersionary gems throughout the South Bay ~ ghost-towns, bird sanctuaries, secret below-surface ocean canyons as deep as those carved by the Mississippi or the Nile.
We’ll be expanding our South Bay selections next year/decade, including:
~ Alameda Creek, the largest watershed that outflows into San Francisco Bay after the Sacramento/San Joaquin river system, from Sunol Regional Wilderness to the salt ponds near the Dumbarton Bridge.
~ Pescadero Creek watershed, halfway between Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz, featuring for-real old growth redwoods, a magical marsh outflowing slowly to the Pacific Ocean, as well as several inspiring examples of watershed restoration.