Become a volunteer canoe/kayak guide with the River Tours program, and experience the San Joaquin!Join us for this introductory orientation to the River Tours volunteer program at Sycamore Island. We will learn the basics of canoeing, equipment management, and using the Trust's canoe trailers before heading out onto one of the ponds for a 'Calm Water Adventure.'
We will be meeting at the bait shop at Sycamore Island (39664 Ave 7 1/2, Madera, CA) at 9 AM. The training will last until approximately 12:00 PM. Please dress appropriately for a day on the water, and bring sunscreen and water.
Volunteers who are new to the River Tours program must attend at least two of the scheduled trainings (March 12th, March 19th, and April 2nd).
About the River Tours Program:
The San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust’s ‘River Tours’ program brings people out to the river for half-or-full day river experiences kayaking or canoeing on the San Joaquin. Volunteer guides are trained assistants that help teach tour participants the basics of canoeing or kayaking, assist with equipment management, and paddle the river with the group.
River Tours take place on Friday evenings or Saturday mornings from May-September, and are typically about 3-4 hours long. Tours typically cover one of two river stretches: Lost Lake Park to Owl Hollow (near the River Center on Old Friant Rd), or Owl Hollow to Fort Washington Beach. Volunteers are asked to commit to assisting with at least one trip each month.