The best way to get to know South Slough is from the water itself! Once you are on the serene waters, you will start to truly understand the magnitude of the tides and begin to grasp the forces shaping this beautiful landscape.
Kayaks and canoes can be launched at the paddle ramp located at the end of Hinch Road on the south end of the Reserve, or at the Distant Water Fleet facility on Troller Road in Charleston, just off of the Charleston Bridge.
Before you take to the water, responsible and careful planning is a must. Weather and tides can be unpredictable, so please plan accordingly; using our paddling guide
is a great start.
Reserve staff have created an aerial map
using GIS software, detailing landmarks and areas of interest on South Slough.
Washington State University has compiled a gear list
for sea kayaking, which is relevant for any boater in our region.
Tide tables from the Hatfield Marine Science Center are essential for planning your paddling trip.