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kayaking ice house reservoir

“Spellbinding” perfectly describes this mountain reservoir’s terrain, as your eyes take in sunlit ripples glistening on the water’s surface. Thick stands of conifer trees flank the shoreline, providing plenty of shady pullout access areas to relax on for a spell.


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Sugarpine Reservoir Kayaking, Canoeing, SUP boarding, Kayak Fishing

Few people know about this beautiful, forested mountain reservoir located only about an hour-and-a-half drive from the city of Sacramento. Sugar Pine Reservoir is a true kayaker’s getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, inviting you to enjoy the tranquility of a remote paddling haven.

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Kayaking Lower Bear RIver Lake  

Mother Nature seems to have engaged her green thumb with great creativity at Lower Bear River Reservoir, painting the scenery with picturesque mountains dramatically etched between towering pines and massive boulders.

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Kayaking Lake Berryessa

Surrounded by crystalline water and low rolling foothills, it's nearly impossible not to be drawn to Lake Berryessa’s stunning views, diverse nature, and wildlife that make the 26 miles long by 3 miles wide lake an extraordinary paddling get-a-way.


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river rescue on the Kern River

I knew if I didn’t help the man floating face down, without a lifejacket on, he would most likely drown, since no one was coming to his aid. He was about to enter the “Hole”, the most turbulent section of rapids on the river. 

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Kayaking in the fog

The darkness of the night set in quickly. I could hear the hum of a small boat motor but I couldn’t see it. As I paddled further out into the blind abyss a sense of doom shuddered through me. The world appeared to end just off the bow of my kayak. My sense of direction was lost in the fog.

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kayaking Wrights Lake

Snuggled into the heart of the Sierra Nevada’s, Wrights Lake lies nestled in some of the most beautiful countryside in northern California. Sparkling like a sapphire jewel, Wrights Lake boasts beautiful views of majestic mountains and offers outdoor enthusiasts many options.

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Getting struck by lightning is a rare occurrence, but the odds of getting struck increase for fishermen fishing from a kayak holding a graphite fishing rod, or kayakers paddling with a graphite paddle which is a good electrical conductor. If the rod is struck by lightning, the electrical charge passes through the rod, through your body, then to the boat into the water.

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how to bear proof your boat-in campground

Before you leave to paddle into the wilderness, pack food and other odorous items in odor-proof bags or air tight containers. Bring additional air-tight bags for trash, leftovers, and clothes you used to cook in. Store everything from food to clothing, when not in use, in airtight, odor inhibiting bags or containers.

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