For twelve years, Humboldt Baykeeper has offered free, docent-led tours of the bay by motorboat, kayak, or canoe. Our Bay Tours program has grown to provide a variety of on-the-water experiences for youth, elders, and everyone in between. In addition to our monthly kayak and motorboat tours, this year we offered tours for teens, kids aged 8 to 12 in the City of Eureka’s summer day camp, and students in English as a Second Language classes.
Thanks to funding from the California Coastal Conservancy, these tours are entirely free to participants and all gear is provided. Motorboat tours are courtesy of the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation, and Conservation District and skippers Alan Bobillot and Tim Petrusha. Bob Rasmussen, Jasmin Segura, and Sylvia DeRooy are knowledgeable in natural history and human history of Humboldt Bay, and Jasmin interprets for Spanish-speaking tour participants.
Kayak tours on the Elk River are paired with walking tours of the beautiful Hikshari’ Trail and Elk River Wildlife Area. This trail is a section of the California Costal Trail, which will eventually be continuous from Mexico to the Oregon border.
In partnership with Eureka’s Parks and Recreation Department, our kayak tours for teens provide opportunities to experience the peace and beauty of the bay. For many Eureka teens, it’s their first time on the water.
On Earth Day in April and Coastal Cleanup Day in September, our kayak tours head to Indian Island, where we remove trash in partnership with the Wiyot Tribe. Hog Island Oyster Company and Coast Seafoods Company haul trash back to Eureka.
Our kayak tours are led by Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center guides who teach boating safety and paddling lessons, so there’s no experience necessary.
This year, we chartered the H/V Madaket for a bay tour for two English Express classes. Students representing Cambodia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico, and Thailand—and their children— joined Captain Leroy Zerlang and Baykeeper Bay Tours Coordinator Jasmin Segura for a lovely tour of the bay.