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  4th fireworks SF!
  Posted by: sweetums on Jun-23-14 9:14 PM (EST)
 

has anyone gone kayaking in the San Francisco Bay for 4th of July to see fireworks? Looking for a safe route for a beginner/intermediate paddlers. Or we're happy to join anyone else going! :)

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  safe?
  Posted by: Peter-CA on Jun-26-14 3:05 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Jun-26-14 3:06 PM EST --

There are challenges. Between the large number of other boaters out there (who may or may not be paying attention) and it being darkness, this can be risky. Make sure you have lights and consider staying to areas where pother boats won't go (like near shores).

Looking at http://www.bask.org/trip_planner/, there is going to be a pretty strong ebb tide during the fireworks, so be ready for that. 2 knots under the Bay Bridge.

I think they shoot the fireworks off near the Ferry Building for that one? What you could possibly do is paddle along Treasure Island. By staying close to the island, you should be safe from other boats. If you are up for the mileage, you could launch from Emmeryville or Berkeley, which would keep you from crossing any shipping channels. The currents on the east side of TI are pretty mellow which would make the to/from Ok, but you will see currents off the west side.

There is a nice beach on Yerba Buena Island south of the bridge that I like to stop on if I am paddling in that area, but it may not be that great a view (bridge may block view of fireworks). Could be a good rest spot as you wait for the fireworks to start.

You could do the SF waterfront and also stick toward shore to avoid boats. Downside is finding a place to launch and parking. You could do Crissy Field and the ebb would give you a ride back, but that is a 10ish mile paddle round trip. Mission Creek launch (6th and Berry) is closer, but you will have to fight the current to get back after the show. Parking meters there, and they raise rates for special events (not sure if they would for fireworks, but they would if there is a game).

 
 
  Between Berkeley and Emeryville
  Posted by: tsunamichuck1 on Jul-01-14 10:58 AM (EST)
Finding a decent parking place will be a challenge. You may be able to park at Jack London Aquatic Center in Oakland and paddle up to J.L Square. You could try The sloughs in Redwood City as well
 

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