Twice a year, when the sun and moon align closest to the earth, when the gravitational pull is strongest, the King Tides swell into town & then accelerate back downhill to San Pablo Bay. Surf Is Up on the Petaluma River Saturday, February 10th, 2024! Paddle boarding these huge tidal flows is like tubing down the Russian River except on a big surf board. Watch as you glide effortlessly past buoys bent to the surface from the sheer force of tide.
Cover six miles effortlessly in just one hour or paddle round trip. If you would like to paddle-on to Black Point contact us in advance to coordinate transportation. Otherwise, the event is just $5 for river access at Lakeville Landing.
If you are not bringing your own SUP or Kayak you may rent equipment from NVP in advance.
With climate change and rising sea levels, these King Tides will likely become the average high tide over the next few decades. Join the flotilla, see the future and socialize at TAPS after the event.
Paddle boards, single kayaks and tandem kayaks are welcomed. For the best experience, we recommend paddle boarding, as it provides better views of the surrounding landscape with more of the San Pablo Bay breeze at your back.
Only 40 Spots Available
Reserve Yours Now!
Rental Fee *Includes handling for one-way trips
Single Kayak $79
Tandem Kayak $99
**Family discounts available!
14 Miles / To Black Point
5 Miles to Lakeville Landing
One Way Trip> Petaluma Marina 981 Baywood Dr Petaluma, Ca Petaluma MarinaGPS
Black Point Novato, Ca
Kayak or paddle board, life vest, paddle, pre-paddle orientation, and river overview
3.5 hours HIGH TIDE 130pm
*Ebb tide begins after 230pm and accelerates as the day moves on
Guests will paddle calm, relatively fast moving water on a tour that has been timed with the breeze and tides for a leisurely experience.
Plenty of parking at the Petaluma Marina
Or, you can leave your car at Black Point at 130pm and we will shuttle you and boards if you bring your own
LOGISTICS & SHUTTLE SERVICE
For one-way paddlers we advise leaving one car at Black Point prior to launch and carpooling. 25 min commute Petaluma Marina. Boards can be dropped off safely on dock prior to launch or we will shuttle them on our trailer from Black Point.
NVP will handle all rental equipment on both ends.
Intermediate paddlers may get out at Lakeville Landing.
WHAT TO WEAR
Water shoes are not essential but are preferred by many of our guests. Others prefer flip flops or paddling barefoot. Dress in layers and synthetic clothing (it will dry faster than cotton).
WHAT TO BRING
Drinking water, sunscreen, light towel. Dry bag or zip-lock bags are highly recommended to protect cell phones, cameras and other valuables.
Reservations cancelled up to 48-hours before your scheduled launch will be refunded.
The Northern Reaches of San Pablo Bay offer a visceral connection to the rhythms of our planet via King Tides. This is our most popular Winter event simply because it's pure fun for everyone. No crowds, perfect weather, perfect water ... don't miss this special outing on the Petaluma River.