Field Trip: Paddle the Thermalito Afterbay

Field Trip: Paddle the Thermalito Afterbay - Sold Out!

$65 Adult; $40 Youth

Saturday, Jan 27, 2024 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

Meet at Forebay Aquatic Center (Map)

More vigorous hiking, some elevation gain/loss More vigorous hiking, some elevation gain/loss


Participants will meet at 9:30am at the Forebay Aquatic Center, and be on the water from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, with experienced guides who are familiar with the abundant and diverse wildlife. These ecological tours will educate flat-water boaters on safe boating practices and the ecology of the area.

There are 15 seats available in either a single or tandem sit-on-top or sit-in kayaks.

Guests will be provided with all boating equipment and fundamental paddling instruction for novice to experienced. Guests are advised to bring appropriately warm and waterproof clothing, camera and binoculars. Located about six miles southwest of the city of Oroville, Thermalito Afterbay is an off stream reservoir which is one of Butte County's hot birding spots for winter waterfowl and raptors.

This paddle is not for novice paddlers. More open water and longer distance expected. Trip is appropriate for ages 8 and up with an adult in a double kayak. and are a low impact, physically active, great way to view the wildlife and migratory waterfowl prominent during this time. Bring lunch and water as we will have a lunch break on an island.Paddle field trips are also offered on Friday morning 9:30am - 12:00pm, and 12:00 pm - 2:30pm at the North Forebay.

Field Trip Leaders

Jon Aull

Jon Aull received his master's degree studying parks and natural resources in the recreation department at Chico State. He is currently the outdoor education coordinator for the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve, and has worked as a naturalist along the creek for 20 years.

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Brad Cooke

Brad Cooke has a California Chico State University degree in Recreation Administration. Since 1999, he has been an associate faculty at Butte Community College in outdoor education and has worked for 25 years in Butte County supporting natural history, native ways, and environmental education with an appreciation and knowledge for the hidden gems in Northern California. He has been a consultant for National Wildlife Refuges and an education programs director throughout Northern California. He has served as an experiential educator for thousands of students and teachers throughout Northern California. Brad is a eco-tour and raft guide with a huge variety of knowledge on our amazing North State.

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Tess McGuire

Tess McGuire has been birding and making hats for the last twenty years. She became an avid kayaker when she bought a house on Clear Lake. Now that she lives near Mendocino she paddles the local rivers and birds the coast. Perhaps some day she'll be brave enough to go out on the ocean.

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