Softly plying the calm waters of Cache Creek in a kayak on the first warm days of spring is one of life's great pleasures. Birds abound, their songs and primitive squawks surround you, nature's fleecy blanket. In February the white pelicans fly above you, turning from silver to white as they bank in the turns.
And all the while you're getting exercise and fresh air.
But let's add a little adventure to this whole scenario. Let's say you take that expensive camera or cell phone out in the kayak with the idea you might capture the spirit of the waterways in your own personal way. Ah, now there's danger of capsize, sending your expensive toy into the shallows. Now we're on to something.
All adventures need a bit of danger, that tiny surge of Adrenalin that makes you hyper aware you are doing something special.
So let's go birding. In a kayak. That part is easy. You don't need to know much about birds. You don't need to own a kayak. Just rent a kayak from us. If you have a smart phone and want to know what you are seeing and hearing, download the excellent app called Merlin Bird ID App by The Cornell Lab.
Now, fully equipped, you are ready to float amongst the creatures large and small. Not only can you identify them and hear their song, but you can, if you want, post information on your sightings through the Merlin app and add to the general knowledge of bird life on the planet.
Imagine bobbing in the water near a boat slip and wondering, "will that Blue Heron, Great as it is, get that crappie down its gullet?"
Where to Go
From the launching ramp at Clear Lake Campground turn right and continue on Cache creek with your back to the highway.
Our itinerary takes you into a marsh, past a blue heron rookery, and out into the lake where a stand of tules hosts a clamorous array of red-winged, tri-colored and yellow-headed blackbirds. Amongst the cottonwoods, valley oaks, California
buckeye, California bay, and native California black walnut that line the creek you'll see plenty of birds, and in late April and into May you'll likely encounter large carp mating noisily in the shadows and you might come upon turtles sunning themselves on low branches and rocks. Optionally, you can paddle a bit more to have a bite to eat at The Spot, a local burger joint that has a pier and dock where you can tie up your kayak and eat very fine burgers and other fine sandwiches on the patio.
Let's take a look at the Map:
If you're wondering what the distances for the itinerary might be, it's approximately 2.75 miles to The Spot, 1.9 miles to Indian Island.
Freshwater Marsh Birds
Riparian Woodland Birds You Might See
Great Blue Herons, Red-shouldered hawks, great horned owls, Anna’s hummingbirds, American crows, wood ducks, phainopepla, golden eagles, and northern orioles thrive in Riparian Woodland.
Enjoy your kayak trip. Don't let go of that camera.