Day 1: Mike's Paddle to San Leandro Marina 8 Miles

Mike's Paddle to San Leandro Marina is an old time favorites of many paddlers in the east bay. Shuttling is super easy, it's a relatively straight shot along the coast and plus you get to see a lot of planes flying over your head, cool! Click below picture to see a larger map.

 
 

On January 1st, 2007, Carlo Maravilla, Dan Siskind and I paddled this stretch. The conditions were about 10 knots N/NW wind with small bumps along the way. During the summer time, it's a great downwinder because you don't have to ferry too much into the channel and you can just cruise for 8 miles. Dan and Carlo went out a little bit farther out into the bay to catch some smoother bumps while I stayed on the inside conserving my strength for the next few days of paddling. 

Conditions: High 50's and 10 knots N/NW wind, slack tide. Normally the tides are not too strong, rarely do the tides go above 1 knot on ebb or flood. Summer time wind can be up to 25 knots which makes awesome waves.

Hazards: Channels are clearly marked going in and out of Ballena Isles Marina, Bay Farm Bridge, and San Leandro Marina. You are required to stay off the Oakland airport coast, there are buoys marking the boundary set by FAA. 

Put-in: You can put in at several points in Alameda. Encinal Ramp is a public ramp with free parking. The O Kelani Outrigger Canoe Club and Alameda Sailing Club are situated there. The ramp can be slippery while the docks have been removed and being renovated. There's a port-potti. Mike's Paddle is a great location (if I might say so myself), we have indoor bathrooms and nice docks. You can also rent downwind or touring boards here. We can also setup a shuttle for you to pick you up at San Leandro Marina. The last place would be Crown Memorial beach just south of Mike's Paddle. Watch out for low tide though, it could be a 300 yard trek through the muck.

Take-out:  San Leandro Marina is a really nice marina with lots of parking. The public ramp and dock is on the south side of the marina. There's a port-pottie there also.