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  1. #1
    PWCToday.com Is My Home Away From Home chatty's Avatar
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    san jose,ca

    Places to ride - Upcoming Rides - PWC for newbies

    This is a sticky thread for people to post places to ride, upcoming rides and tips for new riders.
    Please keep this one on topic, NO COMMENTS or CHAT . Post comments in other threads.
    If you have something you want to add to this initial or any other posting PM me, the author or a mod and we'll get it added.
    If you have a description of a new place to add then post away.

    Before you winterize your ski (if you do) you might want to run the DJSA enduro on the 16th Nov.

    Upcoming Rides:
    Let me know where, date, time, Standup (SU) Sitdown (RA) or both, plan and contact.
    16 8am, djsa Marysville - contact tioari1
    6-7-8, all day, Orwood resort, CA Delta - contact chatty

    PWC for Newbies:

    SBC link to ride smart by the Florida Boating Safety Division
    And Ride Right by SBC and AWA
    Boating in California http://www.dbw.ca.gov/
    AWA Safety Page http://www.ridepwc.com/awa_wiki/PWC_..._Safety_Guides
    Delta Emergency Phone #s http://www.pwctoday.com/showthread.p...ighlight=costa

    Get Wet training Courses:
    DJSA http://diablojsa.tripod.com/id11.html
    K38 http://www.shawnalladio.com/course.asp
    CSUS Aquatic Center http://www.pwctoday.com/showthread.php?t=170199

    Online Boating Education courses:

    Places to ride:
    Calero County Park Reservoir: http://www.pwctoday.com/showthread.php?t=63200#2
    Anderson Lake: http://www.pwctoday.com/showthread.php?t=63200#10
    Berryessa: http://www.pwctoday.com/showthread.php?t=63200#3
    Don Pedro: http://www.pwctoday.com/showthread.php?t=63200#5
    New Melones: http://www.pwctoday.com/showthread.php?t=63200#6
    Naciamento: http://www.pwctoday.com/showthread.php?t=63200#7
    Lake Tulloch: http://www.pwctoday.com/showthread.php?t=63200#9
    Icehouse Lake: http://www.pwctoday.com/showthread.php?t=63200#12
    Camp Far West: http://www.duvers.com/PWCCampFarWest.html
    Folsom Lake: http://www.duvers.com/PWCFolsomLake.html
    Salt Springs Valley Reservoir: http://www.duvers.com/PWCSaltSprings.html

    Sacramento River @ Sacramento: http://www.duvers.com/SacRiver.html
    Sherman Island: http://www.duvers.com/Shermanisland.html

    Pismo: http://www.duvers.com/Pismo.html
    Last edited by chatty; 04-30-2010 at 12:29 AM.
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    PWCToday.com Is My Home Away From Home chatty's Avatar
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    san jose,ca

    Calero County Park Reservoir

    Calero County Park Reservoir
    Calero is located in the south bay in the almaden hills (technically eastern foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains).
    It's a fairly small lake and is operated as a part of the Santa Clara County park system.
    During the summer months a reservation system is in place to restrict the number of boats on the lake.
    There are 2 reservable launch windows of 8am and 10am which accommodate 20 boats each then after 10am upto 20 more can launch when others leave.
    In the winter months you can just show up and ride, there's never more than about 10 people there.
    The ramps is suitable for two vehicles and has a 5mph no wake zone around it.
    Refueling has to happen in the parking lot in the designated refueling area.
    Traffic is counter-clockwise around the lake.
    Cost is $6 for a launch plus $5 for a vehicle and if you use the reservation system another $6 for that.
    You can buy an annual venture pass for your vehicle for $65 which then allows you into any of the Santa Clara County parks for free (Mine usualy pays for itself within about 3 months).
    You can also buy an annual vessel pass for $50 which allows you into any of the Santa Clara lakes (Calero, San Antonio and Coyote) for free, however you still need to pay for the reservation fee if you use that system.
    The way I look at it is in the summer it's worth paying the $6.00 so I can launch at whatever time I like in the morning and not have to wait until mid-day for someone to leave if I don't. My time is worth far more than $3 per hour.
    This is a great lake to learn on, it's usualy quiet. In the summer months there are water skiers and wakeboarders so be careful if you see a flag up. Never jump the wake of a boat that's towing someone. The wakes are never that big anyway.
    It's great for a family day out as you can pretty much always see where someone is from shore (which also makes it good it your ski isn't that reliable). There are BBQ pits (first come first served) and a small beach area.

    Also be aware that there is a speed limit of 35mph on this lake and the rangers do enforce it. If you're caught it's a misdemeanour and a mandatory court appearance.
    The rangers also check for registration, fire extinguishers and whistles. Make sure you have them.

    Nearest gas is back down Almaden towards San Jose. No 2 stroke oil anywhere near..

    Here is the counties map of the lake:

    Deatails of the park are at this link:

    reservations for the summer months are here:

    From the 85 South exit onto Almaden South.
    Keep going until you get to Harry Road (make sure you don't turn right onto Old Almaden Road)
    Turn right onto Harry Rd then Left onto McKean Road.

    Attached is a google earth map.
    The red hatch marks are the 5mph no wake zones.
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    Sebastopol, CA
    No one's mentioned the other more northern lakes? So far in June/July I've rode at Berryessa, Clear Lake, Lake Sonoma, and I'll be at Mendocino this weekend (weather permitting)...

    Berryessa (East from Napa)
    So far I like Berryessa the best, but mostly just the northern part (on the Putah Creek campground side). It's a smaller finger/cove stretching under the bridge. The reason I like it is because it's smooth and warm! The rest of the lake seemed really choppy to me and colder water.
    Excellent link on Berryessa from Peter Kilkus. (ph2ocraft)

    Lake Sonoma (West from Healdsburg)
    Lake is ok, very hot weather, warm water, but the only calm glassy water is in small coves. Also, the boat ramps are crazy busy! This lake has barely any beach spots, and none you can drive to. They're all boat in, but I could be incorrect.

    Clear Lake (East from Santa Rosa)
    Very warm water, hot weather, perfect riding conditions - but very dirty water and full of weeds! Tastes horrible. Had to continuously clean out the intake grate. I've been told this goes away in the later part of summer (we'll see).

    I'm sure all these conditions change drastically per each visit. They're all local lakes to me since I live in Sonoma County, so I'll be at each of them often. Including Pillsbury. Anyone ride at any of these lakes?

    Last edited by chatty; 05-14-2008 at 01:28 PM. Reason: consolidating
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    Sacramento, CA

    Re: Places to ride - reviews and directions

    Here's a few of my reviews...more to come shortly:

    Camp Far West - http://www.duvers.com/PWCCampFarWest.html

    Folsom Lake - http://www.duvers.com/PWCFolsomLake.html

    Pismo - http://www.duvers.com/Pismo.html

    Sacramento River @ Sacramento - http://www.duvers.com/SacRiver.html

    Salt Springs Valley Reservoir - http://www.duvers.com/PWCSaltSprings.html

    Sherman Island - http://www.duvers.com/Shermanisland.html

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    Discovery Bay

    Re: Places to ride - reviews and directions- Don Pedro Reservoir

    One of our favorite places to ride in NorCal: Don Pedro Reservoir, Moccasin Point (on the northwest side).

    From SF - take the 580 East to I-5; drive north on I-5 for 2 miles. Take the 120 East, through Manteca and Oakdale, when it turns into 108/120. Continue east on 120, then East on Hwy 49 at Chinese Camp (if you get to Jamestown, you've gone too far). five miles or so after the turn onto 49, take a left to the Moccasin Point campground/launch.

    What we like: not as many "hydro Davidson's" as on the southern end of the lake. Decent campground, although cramped. Good launch facilities, limited marina/supplies. FANTASTIC riding. Some beaches, so you can day camp at a more remote spot than immediately near the launch. Scenic touring. Terrifically clean water.

    What we don't like: no fire pits. Limited food/store facilities. We normally bring stuff in the cooler for breakfast/lunch options, and then drive into Jamestown for dinner on Saturday night.

    2007 Honda F-12 (blue!) & 2004 Kawi STX 15F
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    Discovery Bay

    Re: Places to ride - reviews and directions - New Melones Reservoir

    Another place we like: New Melones Reservoir, near Sonora.

    From the SF Bay Area, take 580 East to the 205/I-5 North. North on I-5 for 2 miles, then exit to Hwy 120 East. Continue through Manteca and Oakdale, following 120 East as it becomes Hwy 108/120 East, and continues to Sonora.

    At Sonora, go North on Hwy 49, and drive north to the lake. We normally go to the Tuttletown Recreation Area (the sign is a little hard to see from the Hwy).

    What we like: Huge lake, not crowded, great water quality, fabulous camp sites, FREE launching, nice launch, easy parking. You can have camp fires there. We normally bring cooler food for breakfast/lunch, and head to dinner in Sonora on Saturday nights.

    What we don't like: not much beach shore for the day camping we like to do (very rocky), no marina supplies or facilities at Tuttletown, TARANTULA migrations in the area in late summer.

    2007 Honda F-12 (blue!) & 2004 Kawi STX 15F
    NorCal Jetski Crew
    AWA member since 2003

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    resident guru sandi_r_k's Avatar
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    Discovery Bay

    Re: Places to ride - reviews and directions - Lake Nacimiento, Central CA

    OK, for those of you in central/southern CA: Lake Nacimiento, near Paso Robles.

    You take Hwy 101 to Paso Robles. Exit at the main Paso exit (where the McDonald's and Arco are). Continue west on that street until you reach county road G14/Lake Nacimiento Drive, and turn right. Follow the road until you get to the dam, at which point you turn left into the resort's private entry. Takes 3.5 hours from the East Bay or so.

    It's a privately owned resort, about 20 minutes outside of town. It has several large campgrounds, trailer parking with hookups, and cabin/mobile trailer rentals. The main launches are paved, and they just added a new ramp/launch/additional parking lot.

    The lake itself is fun - several wide open runs, combined with coves and outlets that make for interesting viewing and touring. It gets very busy, especially in the summer months on holidays (e.g., we don't intend to be there on Labor Day weekend ever again!)

    There are full marina facilities, a grocery store, a restaurant with adequate food that overlooks the water, a family beach near the launch site, a playground for kids, a pool for the campers...it's a great mid-state meeting site for those of us with SoCal friends and relatives.

    2007 Honda F-12 (blue!) & 2004 Kawi STX 15F
    NorCal Jetski Crew
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    PWCToday.com Is My Home Away From Home anthony_'s Avatar
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    The California Delta

    Re: Places to ride - reviews and directions

    Over 1,000 miles of waterways.
    Some of my favorite spots on the Delta that I've riden:
    -Orwood/Discovery Bay/Indian Slough Area
    -Holland Marina and where the train passes by
    -Ski Beach
    -Lost Isle and the area around it
    -Hogback and the area around Snug Harbor
    -Tiki Lagun
    -Windmill Cove
    -Herman and Helens/Kings Island and the area off of 8 mile road in Stockton

    Places on the Delta that I can't wait to ride:
    -Sherman Island
    -Pittsburg/Antioch area
    -Tower Park


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    PWCToday Guru Big Mark's Avatar
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    Manteca, CA

    Re: Places to ride - reviews and directions

    My favorite (because it's the only spot I've been so far) is Lake Tulloch, located 25 mins east of Oakdale. It is seperated into two halves: The South Shore www.laketullochcampground.com and the North Shore (I havent visited here too much yet) www.laketullochresort.com .

    What I like: The Southshore has a beach/lagoon area for folks that may want to just watch the riders or hangout. Kids play in the water, grownup's relax on the sand. People seem nice and patient at launch. Restroom/Showers/Restaraunt all within a 3 minuete walk from Beach. Camping, Day Camping, Cabins with private dock, and even waterfront tents available. Family friendly and clean.

    What I dont like: Not much to not like. Wheather to camp and ride, or just ride for the day, this seems to be a nice spot.

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    East Bay, California

    Re: Places to ride - reviews and directions

    Lake Anderson report.

    I was at Lake Anderson today around noon. The water was very cold and there was a little breeze. The chop was not that bad today and the water was much cleaner then this time last year. There was no floating debris what so ever. I was the only ski out there along with about 8 other boats. Mostly guys fishing out there today. You must have a wet suit to go out there and I also picked up a VHF marine radio today just in case of problems. There were long stretches where I didn't see anyone so I mostly stayed close to the shore on my runs around the lake. For those that have never been out there, the lake a a decent size and gets a little choppy during the summer months when there's a crowd on the lake. The lake is big enough and they do limit the number of craft so you either need a reservation or you need to show up at noon during the summer months to get out on the lake. The launch and park fee is $11 all year round and they have a 35MPH speed limit. All traffic must move in a counter clock wise direction. You can expect to see one to two patrol boats during the summer months.
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