Accommodation & Travel Options
The San Francisco Bay Area is a world class paddling destination but I recognise it can be logistically daunting and expensive for visitors to the area. Here are some useful links:
The quaint Marin Headlands Hostel provides the closest accommodation to Horseshoe Cove and the Golden gate Bridge.
The nearest RV park to Horseshoe Cove and the Golden Gate Bridge is in Corte Madera, approximately 20 minutes north on Highway 101.
There is a small selection of hotels and motels in Sausalito.
Kayak & SUP Rental
Kayaks, boards and gear are available to rent or buy from these fine Bay Area retailers and outfitters:
101 Surf Sports
Locations in San Rafael and Redwood City.
Rentals and introductory lessons for sit-on-top kayak, surfski and SUP.
Click HERE for 101’s calendar.
Kayak brands include: Ocean Kayak, Epic Surfskis.
SUP brands include: Amundson, BARK, Jimmy Lewis, Naish, SIC, Starboard, SurfTech.
California Canoe & Kayak
Retail locations in Oakland, Redwood City, Rancho Cordova and Coloma (seasonal).
Rentals, tours and introductory lessons for sea kayak, whitewater kayak, surfski & SUP.
Click HERE for CCK’s calendar.
Kayak brands include: Current Designs, Dagger, Epic Surfskis & Kayaks, Jackson, P&H, Valley, Wilderness Systems.
SUP brands include: Amundson, BiC, C-4 Waterman, Hobie, Pau Hana, SIC, Starboard.
Located in Petaluma.
Rentals, tours and introductory lessons for touring kayak and SUP.
Click HERE for Clavey’s calendar.
Kayak brands include: Delta, Eddyline, Old Town.
SUP brands include: Boardworks, Surftech, Tahoe SUP, Bru Surf.
Located in Lodi.
Rentals, tours and introductory lessons for kayak, canoe & SUP.
Click HERE for the Headwaters calendar.
Kayak brands include: Eddyline, Jackson, Stellar, Sterling.
SUP brands include: C-4 Waterman, Pau Hana.
Located in Alameda.
Rentals, tours and introductory lessons in SUP.
Click HERE for Mike’s Paddle classes.
Board brands include: Boardworks, Boga, Bounce, Focus, Glide, Imagine, Jimmy Lewis, SIC.
Sea Trek Kayak & SUP Center
Located in Sausalito.
Rentals, tours and introductory lessons in kayak, SUP & surfski.
Click HERE for Sea Trek’s calendar.
Kayak brands include: Jackson, Valley, Epic Surfskis.
SUP brands include: BIC, NSP, Surftech.
Bay Area Kayak Polo Club
Bay Area Sea Kayakers (BASK)
A club dedicated to the safe enjoyment of the sport of sea kayaking in the San Francisco Bay Area.
California Paddlers Hub
A non-affiliated Facebook Group for arranging paddles, obtaining advice, etc:
Explore North Coast
A sea kayaking club in north coastal California.
Gold Country Paddlers
A Northern California club oriented toward whitewater kayaking, canoeing and rafting.
Loma Prieta Paddlers
A whitewater paddling club based in the San Jose area.
A community of paddle sport enthusiasts in the Petaluma area dedicated to fun and safety on the water.
River City Paddlers
A group designed to be an easy way for Sacramento area paddlers who enjoy racing to communicate with each other and miss less races.
Sacramento Sea Kayakers
A group of fun paddlers dedicated to promoting sea kayaking in a safe and responsible manner, while making new friendships with a common interest.
Stanford Kayak Club
A student-run organization dedicated to whitewater kayaking.
Western Sea Kayakers (WSK)
A club interested in safe, enjoyable sea kayaking in Monterey Bay, San Francisco Bay, Elkhorn Slough – actually, just about any waters between Alaska and Baja.
Planning & Safety
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River Flows and Beta
MLPA Exclusion Zones