Kayak Put-In Info for: Redwood City Marina, Redwood City
Overview: If you are looking for an easy access place to paddle on the peninsula (or somewhere near the South Bay, you should check out the Redwood City marina. This location is very popular with rowers and sailboats, so you likely won't feel alone. The views here are a mix of the industrial (a gravel pit) and the natural (a wildlife sanctuary). There are several destinations from this marina (see external links).
Parking: You can park in a large public lot across the street from the ramp, in the small lot by the building, or on the street. From any of these spots, the portage is only a few hundred feet (even less if you unload at the boat ramp and THEN park - but of course be courteous to other boaters and don't block their access to the ramp).
Facilities: Bathrooms in the building. And a hose to wash your boat out in the parking lot across the street (though it sometimes doesn't seem to work, for unknown reasons). Boat storage is also available for a fee.
Amenities: Nothing too close. Across 101 (a 5 minute drive) there is a shopping plaza that has grocery stores, restaurants, etc. Jack-in-the-Box, Denny's and a Chinese fast-buffet.
Directions: To drive there, exit HWY 101 at Seaport Blvd/Wooside Road/84 (if you go west, it is Woodside/84). Go east on Seaport (towards the bay), and turn left on Chesapeake (2nd light). The public boat ramp is at the end of Chesapeake on the right.
Cautions: There are a lot of boaters out here. Watch out for them. This is a port for big ships, though not very active - but be aware that large ships dock near here too. The slough is calm in most any weather - but if you plan to venture into the open bay you should have open water (i.e. ocean) skills.