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Kayaking Bair Island and Corkscrew Slough

Kayaking Bair Island & Corkscrew Slough

A kayak explorer's playground

Take an exciting kayak tour around Bair Island Ecological Reserve and Corkscrew Slough and experience the serenity of being surrounded by a maze of waterways. Located in the heart of the Bay Area near Redwood City, Bair Island will surprise you with it's beauty and wildlife. Twice saved from development, Bair Island is both a rare survivor and local treasure. On this tour, you will spend time exploring the many winding channels of the slough while observing many wetland bird species and looking out for curious Harbor Seals. While exploring, you will see the wetland restoration efforts that have restored habitats and tidal flows that support Bair Island's diverse wildlife.

This adventure is for those looking for a longer exploratory tour in a true wetland slough environment.




Bair Island and Corkscrew Slough, Redwood City Harbor


5 hours. Typically 10am-3pm, but may vary due to tides. Please contact us for exact times.


No previous experience required

What to Bring:

  • Wear synthetic clothing rather than cotton (swimsuit, shirt, shorts, lightweight pants, jacket)
  • Water
  • Lunch
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat and a warm cap
  • Retainer straps for glasses
  • Booties, water shoes, or sport sandals
  • Consider bringing a tip for your instructor / guide for exceptional service

Outback Adventures Provides:

  • Kayaks
  • Paddles
  • PFDs (lifejackets)
  • Spray skirts
  • Paddling Jackets (if necessary)
  • Wetsuits (if necessary)
  • Safety equipment
  • Experienced, friendly instructors / guides

Covid-19 Precautions

  • All participants will be screened for Covid-19 symptoms before participating.
  • Paddling partners must be from a single family or household unit.
  • We will have smaller than normal group sizes
  • We encourage participants to social distance themselves while maintaining a part of the group.
  • Masks must be worn on land and be accessible for occasional use on water when social distancing is not possible.
  • All equipment will be cleaned/disinfected in accordance to EPA guidance.
  • Accessory equipment may not be shared with others in the group.
  • If you have your own kayaking equipment mentioned in the above list (except a kayak), we encourage you to bring it. This equipment must be approved by our guides.
  • Except in cases of emergency, our guides may need to alter the way they assist participants to avoid close contact.
  • Please no congregating before or after the tour with others at the site who are outside of your single family or household unit.

Directions to Bair Island and Corkscrew Slough

Directions from San Jose

Take 101 north and exit at Woodside and head east. Turn right onto Seaport Blvd. Turn left onto Chesapeake Drive and continue to the end of the road. Park alongside the road or in the parking lot across from the boat launch. Meet your guides near the launch ramp.



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Bair Island Kayak Tour

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