Tours

Paddle Tour, 04/16/22 CANCELLED

Date/Time: April 16th CANCELLED Due to Weather Forecast

 

 

Tours

Paddle Tour, 05/07/22

Date/Time: May 7th, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Cost:
Free!

Reservations:
No reservations needed. Just show-up with your canoe or kayak on the specified date and time. Be on time as the group goes through a gate that will get locked!

Paddle Location:
Stone Lakes NWR Lower Beach Lake slough, a 3-mile historic dredged area of Lower Beach Lake; see Directions below. Tours are approximately 3 hours, so please plan accordingly to allow for the entire time. No reservation needed. All paddle tours are docent guided in a normally restricted area; there is no general access for self-guided paddling on the refuge. Remember, be prompt for all scheduled paddle times as the group will go through a gate that gets locked! 

Driving Directions:
From Sacramento, take Interstate 5 south to the Elk Grove Blvd exit.  At the end of the exit ramp, turn right (west) into the dead end turnaround with a large gate facing some grasslands.  The tour guide will meet you at the gate and have you drive back to the launch location. Note: This activity does NOT meet at Blue Heron Trails!

What to Bring:
Bring a non-motorized canoe or kayak, paddle, and Coast Guard approved type II or III personal flotation device (PFD) for each person. All participants MUST wear PFD's regardless of swimming skills and experience. We also recommend to bring water, sunscreen, hat, snacks/lunch, insect repellent, and any other personal comfort items you may need. Boat portage is approximately 100 feet to the launching dock. The refuge does NOT provide or rent out boats; you must bring your own boat. 

What NOT to Bring:
Sorry, but alcohol, dogs/pets, fishing gear, motors, float-tubes, stand-up paddle boards (SUP), personal inflatable rafts (inflatable & pedal kayaks are ok), homemade rafts, water cannons, bbq's, music/radios and remote controlled devices must stay at home. Remember, this is a relaxed quiet wildlife viewing paddle, not a float party.

Additional Important Tidbits (please read):
Although the slough is lined with trees, there will be little shade as you paddle, so please be prepared for being exposed to the sun and heat. The slough itself is pretty much a stagnate waterway with very little movement, but afternoon winds can pickup and make paddling a little more strenuous. This is a great opportunity for viewing wildlife; you are welcome to bring binoculars and a camera, but remember we will be on the water and you and your gear may get wet. This is a slower paced, relaxed paddle for viewing wildlife, so if you feel a need for speed please visit a local reservoir. You will be parking and unloading close to the floating dock where we will launch; you will only need to portage your boat approximately <100 feet, and there is the opportunity to either land launch or dock launch. This is an undeveloped site with no running water, although a non-flush restroom will be available. Remember, the wildlife is sharing the slough with us, so please respect their home; 'taking a dunk' and swimming is strictly prohibited.

Tours

Paddle Tour, 06/11/22

Date/Time: June 11th, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Cost:
Free!

Reservations:
No reservations needed. Just show-up with your canoe or kayak on the specified date and time. Be on time as the group goes through a gate that will get locked!

Paddle Location:
Stone Lakes NWR Lower Beach Lake slough, a 3-mile historic dredged area of Lower Beach Lake; see Directions below. Tours are approximately 3 hours, so please plan accordingly to allow for the entire time. No reservation needed. All paddle tours are docent guided in a normally restricted area; there is no general access for self-guided paddling on the refuge. Remember, be prompt for all scheduled paddle times as the group will go through a gate that gets locked! 

Driving Directions:
From Sacramento, take Interstate 5 south to the Elk Grove Blvd exit.  At the end of the exit ramp, turn right (west) into the dead end turnaround with a large gate facing some grasslands.  The tour guide will meet you at the gate and have you drive back to the launch location. Note: This activity does NOT meet at Blue Heron Trails!

What to Bring:
Bring a non-motorized canoe or kayak, paddle, and Coast Guard approved type II or III personal flotation device (PFD) for each person. All participants MUST wear PFD's regardless of swimming skills and experience. We also recommend to bring water, sunscreen, hat, snacks/lunch, insect repellent, and any other personal comfort items you may need. Boat portage is approximately 100 feet to the launching dock. The refuge does NOT provide or rent out boats; you must bring your own boat. 

What NOT to Bring:
Sorry, but alcohol, dogs/pets, fishing gear, motors, float-tubes, stand-up paddle boards (SUP), personal inflatable rafts (inflatable & pedal kayaks are ok), homemade rafts, water cannons, bbq's, music/radios and remote controlled devices must stay at home. Remember, this is a relaxed quiet wildlife viewing paddle, not a float party.

Additional Important Tidbits (please read):
Although the slough is lined with trees, there will be little shade as you paddle, so please be prepared for being exposed to the sun and heat. The slough itself is pretty much a stagnate waterway with very little movement, but afternoon winds can pickup and make paddling a little more strenuous. This is a great opportunity for viewing wildlife; you are welcome to bring binoculars and a camera, but remember we will be on the water and you and your gear may get wet. This is a slower paced, relaxed paddle for viewing wildlife, so if you feel a need for speed please visit a local reservoir. You will be parking and unloading close to the floating dock where we will launch; you will only need to portage your boat approximately <100 feet, and there is the opportunity to either land launch or dock launch. This is an undeveloped site with no running water, although a non-flush restroom will be available. Remember, the wildlife is sharing the slough with us, so please respect their home; 'taking a dunk' and swimming is strictly prohibited.