Jul 23, 2015
Kayak Put-In Info for: Beach Park Plaza, Foster City
Overview: Beach launch into Bay. Requires a short carry over a sea wall from the street (kayak dolly/wheels could work also). This launch point gives the best access to Belmont Slough (the one that runs behind Oracle), Bird Island (which has a seal colony on it, so please don't scare them), and Steinberger Slough (which is on the north side of Bair Island). Note that much of this area is protected marine habitat. Redwood Shores Marine State Park is accessible by hand carried boat year round, while Bair Island State Marine Park is off limits to all non officials from Feb 15 to May 20. The boundaries of the off limits area are available in the link below.http://www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/mpa/sanfranciscobay.asp
Parking: On street parking - free.
Facilities: None. Garbage can and picnic bench near launch point. About a mile in either direction on Beach Park Boulevard, are parks that have restrooms, both on the bay side of the road.
Amenities: There is a plaza across the street. There are several restaurants worth visiting for a bite/drink after a paddle. A large Taiwanese restaurant, one Michelin rated Thai restaurant, two Japanese restaurants, and a cafe that serves up beer too, with a kareoke room for private parties.
Directions: Exit Highway 101 onto Hillsdale Boulevard and drive East (towards Bay). Keep going until the road turns into Beach Park Boulevard. Watch for Marlin Drive (at Beach Park Plaza). Park on street.
Cautions: It is the open bay, so winds and waves can be large. Beach is made up of broken shells, so be careful if you are concerned about getting scratches in your hull. At higher tides some pylons/concrete debris is submerged off the point where you'll see concrete debris. Give this corner a wide berth to avoid it if you haven't seen it at low tide. Also, at very low tides there is a walk from the water back to the beach in muck .