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Kayak Tour of Elkhorn Slough Wetlands near Santa Cruz

June 8 and September 6, 2014

kayaking tripElkhorn Slough (pronounced "slew") is one of California's largest and last wetlands. The slough is located at Moss Landing, south of Santa Cruz in the heart of the Monterey Bay. Birds, seals, otters, fish and other creatures inhabit the twisting channels of this inland sea. The Elkhorn Slough is also home for sea lions, harbor seals, and has the highest concentration of southern sea otters on the California coast. More than 200 different bird species use the slough as a resting spot during their annual migration. 


If the conditions permit, in addition to paddling in the slough, we will be able to paddle into Monterey Bay to explore the sandy shoreline and look for whales, dolphins and other sea creatures!


The kayaking in the slough is well protected from open ocean swells, making this trip great for novice paddlers as well as more experienced paddlers who want to view wildlife from a kayak's perspective.


Kayaking with otters in Elkhorn SloughThe Trip:

We will start the Elkhorn Slough trip at the back end at Kirby Park, unlike other tours. Thist is a great way to eplore the entire slough, with a nice, long sail on the way back if the winds permits. Yes, you can use a hand held sail to help your kayak glide. Usually the winds pick around lunch time. It’s really cool!


Also, we will paddle until we reach the ocean and if conditions permit, head out onto the bay in search of whales and dolphins. As with all Outdoor Adventure Club trips, we will assess the conditions of the day to take full advantage of what Mother Nature gives us.


This trip will begin in the morning and end around mid to late afternoon. Limited to 14 people, so sign up early. All levels are welcome!



Where is this trip?

Here's a Google Map to the general area

View Elkhorn Slough, Kirby Park in a larger map

Specific driving directions for the trip will come with your confirmed reservation.



  • Kayak (your choice of singles or doubles) and all necessary kayak gear
  • Personal flotation device
  • Introductory paddling instruction
  • Professionally guided kayak tour
  • A great lunch served on the trip
  • Carpool list so you can arrange rides to the trip

You'll need to bring:

A recommended gear list will come with your confirmed reservation, but you should generally be prepared with the following:

  • Clothes appropriate for the weather (avoid wearing cotton)
  • Appropriate footwear (sandals with straps or sneakers - your feet will get wet)
  • 2 liters of water with a clip or strap to hold your water to the kayak
  • A small daypack to hold spare clothing layers


Ultimate Members: Free

Standard Members: $89

Non-members: $109


Trip Cancellation Policy


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Step 1 - Click on the trip registration link below and fill out the form to complete Step 1 of the registration process. Don't forget to return to this page to complete Step 2, payment (which may require closing a tab or window).


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If you have any questions about this trip, please email us at info@outdooradventureclub.com or call 415-377-1195.


Private, custom and corporate trips: Any trip on our calendar can be customized and offered to your friends, family or corporate group. Just ask and we'll make it happen.