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Lake Hodges Paddle
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Lake Hodges PaddleSan Diego, CA
San Diego, CA
Kayak avatar Feb 05 2014
azbackpackr
Kayak4.30 Miles
Kayak4.30 Miles   2 Hrs   4 Mns   2.90 mph
      35 Mns Break
 
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I went paddling with 7 other people at this pretty lake. We saw so many birds you would not believe it! I posted this paddle on a club I joined recently, since I moved here, and I was so pleased at the response! This was the 3rd event I have posted for the group. This time, out of 7 other people there were 5 I had not met before. There were four sea kayaks, including mine. There was one tandem sit-on-top, and a couple of rec kayaks. One of them was a little shorty, and the woman really struggled in the wind. She gratefully accepted a tow from someone. Note to self: Get a tow rope.

Due to wind and nature of the group it was a short paddle, but that was fine. We had fun.

If you look at my GPS route, you will notice I forgot to turn the thing on right away. We paddled about 1/4 mile and then I remembered.

This lake is near Escondido and Rancho Bernardo, in the inland North County area of San Diego. It just opened for the season on Wednesday, and it'll be open Wednesdays and weekends. It's $2 to launch a single kayak and $7 to launch a tandem, no matter whether it's a short tandem with only one person paddling it. So, this means, you can launch a 19-foot sea kayak for $2, but a 9-foot tandem paddled by only one person is going to be $7.

To quote the old river rat: "Why does the government do what it does? Because it CAN!"
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Lake Hodges

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Lake is not as low as it has ever been, but it's not full, either. It's plenty big enough for a workout paddle, and the bird watching is great!
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