Feb 16, 2016
Kayak Put-In Info for: Islais Creek, San Francisco
Overview: A useful launch site on the south east side of San Francisco. From here you can paddle south to Candlestick, or north to Pac Bell Park. An ideal site from which to explore the industrial waterfront - lots of cranes, ships, piers and dry docks. A good place to start a paddle if the winds are westerlies (and too strong to paddle from Crissy Field, for example). Sticking to the shore, you will be in the lee North to the Bay Bridge, and South for a few miles.
Parking: Plenty of spaces, and it's free, though parking can be tight weekdays due to overflow from nearby industrial park. Make sure you lock your vehicle. Portage: About 50 feet. The city built a nice floating dock from which to launch boats. Unfortunately for us, they put a sharp 180 degree turn in the ramp which is awkward when you're carrying a kayak. Next to the dock is a muddy area as an alternative launch site.
Facilities: Currently as of 9/08, no water or portapotties. The portapotty there is locked in a fenced area.
Amenities: Plenty of places to eat and drink nearby in the Dogpatch and on Potrero Hill: Just For You Cafe (breakfast and lunch), Piccino, Smokestack, The Ramp, Mission Rock Resort, Aperto, Goat Hill Pizza, Chez Maman, ...
Directions: 3rd Street and Arthur, San Francisco. (Mapquest). Islais Creek itself is about two blocks south of Cesar Chavez (formerly Army) Street. The launch site is on the west side of 3rd Street and on the south side of Islais Creek.
Cautions: None really.