Tuesday, August 23, 2011

San Francisco Bay Water Trail

I cam across this California Coastal Conservancy web page describing the final version of the San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail Plan. The designed is targeted for human powered boats and small beachable sail crafts, including kayaks, canoes, windsurfers, kite sailors, row boats, dragon boats, etc.

http://scc.ca.gov/2010/07/30/san-francisco-bay-area-water-trail/

The idea of a water trail that spans the entire San Francisco Bay has been bantered around for several years. It looks like this year (2011) some action will be taken, even if that means starting an official advisory committee meeting on September 11.


According to this article on SFGate.com, "over the next few months, planners will finalize a map and work with marina operators, park agencies and others who oversee the put-in spots. The first signs should be installed by the end of the year."

http://articles.sfgate.com/2011-06-25/news/29701622_1_water-trail-kayakers-environmental-groups

The final draft of the water trail plan is here:

http://scc.ca.gov/webmaster/project_sites/watertrail/enhanced-water-trail-plan-final.pdf

Looks like essentially what will happen is that existing access points (watercraft put in locations) will be identified and marked, with some being enhance for such things as restrooms, overnight camping, storage, etc. Some new put in site will be added. That sounds great!

For kayaking in the San Francisco Bay now, at the very least, this document provides a list of existing put in points. It seems like a pretty comprehensive list of put in locations that is usable by kayaks. This should be good for more research and exploration in the near future, perhaps before the San Francisco Bay Water Trail is complete.

The list of put in locations corresponds to maps on the Coastal Conservancy's web site (the first link on this page). The links to the maps are located on the lower right side of the Coastal Conservancy's web page.

Here are the put in locations:

Table 8.2.  Site key for access points shown in Figure 8.1. (HOS = High Opportunity Site).

ID, SITE NAME, CITY, CATEGORY, EXISTING, PLANNED? HOS?

A1 Albany Beach Albany waterfront park Exist. Launch
A2 Berkeley Marina, Ramp Berkeley marina/harbor Exist. Launch Y
A4 Point Emery Emeryville waterfront park Exist. Launch
A5 Shorebird Park Emeryville waterfront park Exist. Launch
A6 Emeryville City Marina Emeryville marina/harbor Exist. Launch Y
A8 Middle Harbor Park Oakland waterfront park Exist. Launch Y
A9 Jack London Square/   CA Canoe and Kayak Oakland public boat launch ramp/float Exist. Launch Y
A11 Estuary Park/Jack London Aquatic Center Oakland waterfront park Exist. Launch Y
A12 Grand Avenue Boat Ramp Alameda public boat launch ramp/float Exist. Launch Y
A14 Robert Crowne Memorial State Beach Alameda waterfront park Exist. Launch Y
A15 Encinal Launching and Fishing Facility Alameda public boat launch ramp/float Exist. Launch Y
A18 Doolittle Drive; Airport Channel Oakland waterfront park Exist. Launch
A20 San Leandro Marina San Leandro marina/harbor Exist. Launch Y
A22 Eden Landing Ecol. Pres.  Hayward refuge/reserve Planned Launch
A24 Jarvis Landing Newark privately owned (business) Exist. Launch
A25 Tidewater Boathouse Oakland public boat launch ramp/float Planned Launch
A26 Berkeley Marina, Small Boat Launch Berkeley public boat launch ramp/float Exist. Launch Y
A27 Coyote Hills Fremont refuge/reserve Planned Dest.
A28 Elmhurst Creek San Leandro public access area Exist. Launch
A30 Hayward's Landing Hayward refuge/reserve Planned Dest.
CC1 Martinez Marina Martinez marina/harbor Exist. Launch Y
CC2 Carquinez Strait Reg. Shoreline (Eckley Pier) Martinez waterfront park Exist. Launch Y

Table 8.2. cont.  Site key for access points shown in Figure 8.1. (HOS = High Opportunity Site).

ID, SITE NAME, CITY, CATEGORY, EXISTING, PLANNED? HOS?

CC5 Rodeo Marina Rodeo marina/harbor Planned Launch
CC6 Pinole Bay Front Park Pinole waterfront park Exist. Launch Y
CC8 Point Molate Beach Park Richmond waterfront park Planned Launch
CC9 Keller's Beach Pt. Richmond waterfront park Exist. Dest. Y
CC10 Ferry Point Pt. Richmond waterfront park Exist. Launch Y
CC11 Boat Ramp Street Launch Area Richmond public boat launch ramp/float Exist. Launch
CC14 Richmond Munic. Marina Richmond marina/harbor Exist. Launch Y
CC15 Marina Bay Park & Rosie the Riveter Memorial Richmond waterfront park Exist. Launch
CC16 Shimada Friendship Park Richmond waterfront park Exist. Launch Y
CC17 Barbara & Jay Vincent Park Richmond waterfront park Exist. Launch Y
CC19 Point Isabel Regional Shoreline El Cerrito waterfront park Exist. Launch Y
CC20 SS Red Oak Victory Richmond privately owned (business) Planned Dest.
CC21 Point Pinole Pinole waterfront park Planned Dest.
CC22 Bay Point Regional Shoreline Bay Point waterfront park Planned Launch
CC23 Rodeo Beach Rodeo waterfront park Planned Launch M1 Kirby Cove Sausalito waterfront park Exist. Dest. Y
M2 Horseshoe Cove Sausalito waterfront park Exist. Launch Y
M3 Swede's Beach Sausalito waterfront park Exist. Dest.
M4 Turney Street Public Boat Ramp Sausalito public boat launch ramp/float Exist. Launch
M5 Dunphy Park Sausalito waterfront park Exist. Launch Y
M6 Schoonmaker Point Sausalito waterfront park Exist. Launch Y
M8 Clipper Yacht Harbor Sausalito marina/harbor Exist. Launch
M10 Shelter Point Business Park Mill Valley public boat launch ramp/float Exist. Launch Y
M11 Bayfront Park Mill Valley waterfront park Exist. Launch Y

Table 8.2. cont.  Site key for access points shown in Figure 8.1. (HOS = High Opportunity Site).

ID, SITE NAME, CITY, CATEGORY, EXISTING, PLANNED? HOS?

M13 Brickyard Park Strawberry waterfront park Exist. Launch
M16 Richardson Bay Park/ Blackies Pasture Tiburon waterfront park Exist. Launch
M17 Angel Island State Park Marin County waterfront park Exist. Dest. Y
M19 Sam's Anchor Café Tiburon privately owned (business) Exist. Dest.
M25 Higgins Dock Corte Madera public boat launch ramp/float Planned Launch
M27 Bon Aire Landing Corte Madera public boat launch ramp/float Exist. Launch
M28 Marin Rowing Association Boathouse Larkspur public boat launch ramp/float Exist. Launch
M29 Ramillard Park Larkspur waterfront park Exist. Launch
M30 San Quentin San Rafael waterfront park Exist. Launch
M31 Jean & John Starkweather Shoreline Park San Rafael waterfront park Exist. Launch
M33 Harbor 15 Restaurant San Rafael privately owned (business) Exist. Dest.
M35 Loch Lomond Marina: Ramp San Rafael marina/harbor Exist. Launch Y
M36 Loch Lomond Marina: Beach San Rafael marina/harbor Exist. Launch Y
M38 McNear's Beach Park San Rafael waterfront park Exist. Launch Y
M39 China Camp State Park San Rafael waterfront park Exist. Launch Y
M40 Bull Head Flat San Rafael waterfront park Exist. Launch Y
M41 Buck's Landing San Rafael privately owned (business) Exist. Launch
M43 John F. McInnis Park San Rafael waterfront park Exist. Launch
M47 Black Point Boat Launch Novato public boat launch ramp/float Exist. Launch Y
N1 Cutting's Wharf Napa County public boat launch ramp/float Exist. Launch Y
N2 JFK Memorial Park Napa waterfront park Exist. Launch Y

Table 8.2. cont.  Site key for access points shown in Figure 8.1. (HOS = High Opportunity Site).

ID, SITE NAME, CITY, CATEGORY, EXISTING, PLANNED? HOS?

N6 Napa Valley Marina Napa marina/harbor Exist. Launch Y
N7 Green Island Boat Launch Ramp American Canyon public boat launch ramp/float Planned Launch
N8 Riverside Road Napa public boat launch ramp/float Exist. Launch
SC2 Alviso Marina Alviso waterfront park Planned Launch
SC3 Palo Alto Baylands Launching Dock Palo Alto waterfront park Exist. Launch Y
SF1 Candlestick Point State Recreation Area San Francisco County waterfront park Exist. Launch Y
SF2 India Basin Shorel. Park San Francisco waterfront park Exist. Launch Y
SF4 Islais Creek San Francisco waterfront park Exist. Launch
SF6 The "Ramp" San Francisco privately owned (business) Exist. Dest.
SF7 Pier 52 Boat Launch San Francisco public boat launch ramp/float Exist. Launch Y
SF8 South Beach Harbor  San Francisco marina/harbor Exist. Launch
SF9 Treasure Island San Francisco public access area Exist. Launch
SF10 Aquatic Park San Francisco waterfront park Exist. Launch Y
SF11 Gas House Cove (aka Marina Green) San Francisco marina/harbor Exist. Launch
SF12 Crissy Field San Francisco waterfront park Exist. Launch Y
SF13 Brannan St Wharf San Francisco public boat launch ramp/float Planned Launch
SF14 Northeast Wharf Park San Francisco waterfront park Planned Launch
SM2 Ravenswood Open Space Preserve Menlo Park waterfront park Exist. Launch
SM4 Redwood City Municipal Marina Redwood City marina/harbor Exist. Launch Y
SM6 Docktown Marina Redwood City marina/harbor Exist. Launch
SM9 Redwood Shores Lagoon Redwood Shores waterfront park Exist. Launch

Table 8.2. cont.  Site key for access points shown in Figure 8.1. (HOS = High Opportunity Site).

ID, SITE NAME, CITY, CATEGORY, EXISTING, PLANNED? HOS?

SM11 Beaches on the Bay Foster City waterfront park Exist. Launch
SM12 Foster City Lagoon Park Foster City waterfront park Exist. Launch
SM13 East 3rd Ave Foster City waterfront park Exist. Launch Y
SM16 Seal Point Park San Mateo waterfront park Exist. Launch Y
SM17 Coyote Point, Marina San Mateo marina/harbor Exist. Launch Y
SM18 Old Bayshore Highway Burlingame public access area Exist. Launch
SM20 Colma Creek/Genentech So San Francisco public access area Exist. Launch
SM21 Oyster Point Marina So San Francisco marina/harbor Exist. Launch Y
SM22 Brisbane Marina Brisbane marina/harbor Exist. Launch Y
SM23 Coyote Point, Beach San Mateo waterfront park Exist. Launch Y
SM24 Westpoint Marina Redwood City marina/harbor Planned Launch
SM25 Corkscrew Slough Viewing Platform Redwood City refuge/reserve Planned Dest.
Sn3 Hudeman Slough Sonoma County public boat launch ramp/float Exist. Launch
Sn5 Papa's Taverna/ Lakeville Marina Petaluma privately owned (business) Exist. Launch Y
Sn6 Petaluma Marina Petaluma marina/harbor Exist. Launch Y
Sn7 Petaluma River Turning Basin Petaluma public boat launch ramp/float Exist. Launch
So1 Brinkman's Marina Vallejo public boat launch ramp/float Exist. Launch Y
So2 California Maritime Academy Vallejo privately owned (business) Exist. Launch
So5 Beldon's Landing Fairfield public boat launch ramp/float Exist. Launch Y
So7 Matthew Turner Park Benicia waterfront park Exist. Launch Y
So8 W. 9th Street Launch. Fac.  Benicia waterfront park Exist. Launch Y
So9 Benicia Point Pier Benicia waterfront park Exist. Launch Y
So10 Benicia Marina Benicia marina/harbor Exist. Launch Y
So11 Suisun City Marina Suisun City marina/harbor Exist. Launch Y

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