Lower San Diego Bay Paddle (Intermediate)

April 23, 2022 @ 8:30 am
Pepper Park Boat Launch
3299 Tidelands Ave.
National City

For this week, it was suggested that we paddle out of Pepper Park. The surf report looks somewhat big and we haven’t done this for a while. So, let’s do it.
This is a good launch point to paddle in the area south of the Coronado Bridge. On the east side, we have the 24th St. shipping docks and the 32nd St Naval Station. You may see some interesting ships, but we’ll stay away from any that might be moving.
The Strand on the west side has a lot of wildlife preserve, and Crown Cove park. Over here and to the south, the boat traffic is very quiet. The water is shallow and there are dredged channels for the boats to follow so that they don’t run aground. Low tide will be at 11:19.

Afternoon winds can often be a concern in the south bay, but it looks like we won’t have to worry too much about that. Saturday’s forecast is looking very good for the time we’ll be out on the water. A wind speed of 4 to 6mph is predicted.

We’ll meet around 8:30 for a 9:00 launch.
The Waterfront Grill, close by, has some nice outdoor seating overlooks the marina. If you have time, join us for lunch after the paddle.

Disclaimer: We will have experienced paddlers on this trip, but they will not be responsible for telling you what is or is not safe for you to do. We watch out for one another and assist one another, but all individuals are responsible for, and manage their own safety. This responsibility includes assessing your gear, skill level, and physical conditioning relative to conditions and location, as well as making decisions about what you will or will not do. Participants acknowledge that kayaking on the open sea or bay is inherently dangerous and can lead to physical injury including death as well as property damage. Participants, on their behalf and on behalf of their heirs and assignees, agree to hold the announcers and other participants blameless in the event of such injury, damage or death. Please join us if you want to mildly stretch your capabilities, but please stay home if you would be wildly stretching them. Participants should have bracing skills, be able to self-rescue and assist in the rescue of others. They should be able to launch and/or land in small surf.

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