"Stand up Paddle (SUP) down the Estero Americano" Valley Ford by karenincalifornia

Valley Ford Travel Guide: 8 reviews and 19 photos

SUPper's Paradise

Valley Ford is a tiny town (population 60) on the way to Bodega Bay from Petaluma. It has far more cows than people. What is the attraction about such a cow town? There is a very good reason to go here, if you have the right form of transportation.

Just to the west of town is a put-in point for a kayak or a stand up paddleboard (SUP). This point is known to locals but not advertised and there is no signage, so if you want precise directions, just send me a note. From this point, you will enter the Estero Americano, a wonderland of wildlife. Six miles downstream is the Bodega Bay. (Think "The Birds" and Alfred Hitchcock.)

You start here

The put-in point is a narrow creek, which is quite shallow at low tide. No whitewater experience is required. Just make sure you wear footwear that won't get sucked off in the mud while you or launching or pulling your kayak or board out of the water.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Remote, bucolic
  • Cons:No airport or casino
  • In a nutshell:12 miles (round trip) of serenity
  • Last visit to Valley Ford: Jan 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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