India Basin Day on the Bay

India Basin Day on the Bay is Kayak Unlimited’s most important community service event of the year, and since KU is planning, organizing, arranging the delivery of the boats and gear, and facilitating the entire kayak paddling component of the event this year, we will need a large number of our members to volunteer.  For the uninitiated, as part of an all day neighborhood gathering with food, activities, and performances, members of the community can sign-up, get PFDs, paddles, and some basic paddle instruction, and be placed in sit-on-top kayaks to paddle around India Basin under the supervision of KU kayakers.  In the past, over a hundred people have gone out padding on the bay at this event, many for the very first time at India Basin Shoreline Park.

Due to the tide, the kayaking will happen on Saturday, October 23, from 11 AM to 2 PM, but we will need to start our preparation at 9-10 AM and will finish at around 3-4 PM.  We will need volunteers on dry land, on the beach, and in kayaks on the water.  Ask anyone who has participated in the past, and they will tell you this is an exceptionally fun and fulfilling event.

Please put India Basin Day on the Bay on your calendar on October 23, 2021! Email for more information.

Join us for annual CA Coastal Cleanup Day!

Kayaks Unlimited and Islais Creek Dragonboat Training Centre will be the hosting community groups at Islais Creek Park, one the designated cleanup sites for California Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday September 18th from 9 AM to noon. We will pick up trash and debris in the park, on the beach, and around the banks of Islais Creek Channel.

The Port of San Francisco and San Francisco Recreation and Park Department will provide supplies and support for the event in Islais Creek Park. Participants are being asked to bring reusable water and drink bottles and their own work gloves and a bucket (if possible) to help reduce waste generated by the cleanup. Wear sturdy shoes that may get wet, layers of comfortable clothing, and bring sun protection and sunscreen. Trash pickers will be available, but if you have your own, please bring.

If we have a large enough group we want to fan out around the banks of Islais Creek Channel inside the bridge and pull out and pick up all of the trash we can.  

Sign up here.

More information about CA Coastal Cleanup Day here.

Spring Work Day: March 14, 2020, at 9am

Join us for an upcoming workday on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at 9am. We will need all hands on a beach project!

Thanks to the Port of San Francisco and Hanson Aggregates, two dump truck loads of gravel will be dumped at the top of the beach in Islais Creek Park on Friday afternoon March 13. All members of Kayaks Unlimited and Islais Creek Dragonboat Training Centre and all of our friends will be needed to shovel this gravel in to wheelbarrows and spread it all over the beach. We will be taking advantage of a very low tide at 11am the morning of March 14.

We will have shovels, but please bring shovel(s) and wheelbarrow(s) if you have them. Also bring gloves; wear appropriate clothing, footwear and sun/rain protection; and bring your snacks, lunch, and caffeine. We will be working rain (hopefully) or shine and will work until the gravel is dispersed. If you can’t shovel or wheelbarrow, you may be able to spread gravel on the beach, and there are other jobs such as sweeping and other park clean-up.

If you are able to join, please reply and let us know so that we can have a head count.

A beautiful new Islais Creek Park beach awaits. See you there!

2020: Fresh News for a New Year

Happy new year and new decade!

Kayaks Unlimited is starting the new year with a more streamlined way for guests and members to stay protected while on the water. Thanks to Board Member Jay Oshiro, the 2020 waiver is now available online for guests and members to sign.

As the club or individual members plan for the next paddle especially in the rainy season, we stay updated on the water quality at Islais Creek through the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s (SFPUC) water quality newsletter. Emails are sent out when there are water quality warnings as a result of combined sewer overflows. You can sign up for the newsletter here and stay up to date.

Are you a potential new member interested in getting involved? Have you come out on the water once or twice and are making new year’s resolutions to paddle more? Are you a former member who used to be active but haven’t been paddling in a while? We are here for you and welcome you all! KU’s 2020 new year’s resolution is to build a more active membership where new and old members feel empowered to initiate paddles and trips. Contact us at to arrange a time to come out with us!

Earth Day Clean Up and Paddle – Sat, April 21, 2018, 9am-12pm

Hi Kayaks Unlimited members and prospective members,

On Saturday, April 21, the head of SF Port’s maintenance division will coming out to support our first work party after all the spring rain. They will provide all the tools necessary to cut back the present jungle and spiff up our park to be ready for summer’s kayaking program.

We need about 20-25 volunteers to do the job. Meet us at Islais Creek Park (Arthur and Quint St, Bayview, San Francisco). Our all volunteer, non-commercial club needs your participation for the club to carry on!

Don’t forget, we will also fire up the BBQ to provide fire for the pot luck lunch at noon! If there is interest, we can bring out the kayaks and SUPS to paddle around in the “Creek.”

Please remember this date is  Earth Day (actually it’s Sunday) and everybody knows that if momma (Earth) ain’t happy, nobody’s happy.

Please RSVP to or to the group listserv at if you’re coming.

Come out to CA Coastal Clean Up Day at Islais Creek: Sat, Sep 16

Come join Kayaks Unlimited for our annual CA Coastal Clean Up Day!

When: Saturday, September 16, 10am-1pm
Where: Islais Creek Park (Quint and Arthur St.)
What to bring: Your own gloves and bucket, food for potluck (optional)
What will be provided: Buckets, trash pickers
Sign up here:

If there is energy after lunch, we may get out on the kayaks and/or Stand Up Paddleboards (SUPs)!

Join hundreds of volunteers who will be out for the statewide (and world wide) day to clean up waterways, shorelines, and beaches!

Thank you for a successful 2017 Earth Day Clean Up!

Thank you to over 40 volunteers for coming out to Islais Creek on Earth Day! On behalf of Kayaks Unlimited and Islais Creek users, we thank you for beautifying public open spaces within the jurisdiction of Port of SF, SFPUC, MUNI, and Caltrans. Annual clean ups like those on Saturday really help improve these open spaces and invite locals to use them year round, whether it may be boating, fishing, walking, or enjoying one’s lunch.
Check out more photos that are posted on our Facebook.
Thank you again for pitching in and helping us to be good neighbors on the southern waterfront!

Save the Date: April 22 Earth Day Clean Up

We had our first work party and outrageous BBQ (thanks Jay) at Islais Creek in February. We actually ran out of weeds to pull and Islais Landing looks great. Thanks to all that came out to help…about 25 folks

Our next work party will be on Earth Day, Saturday April 22 from 10am-1pm. We will clean our area and pull the weeds that have sprung up since February and spread mulch to inhibit future weed growth.

We have plans to fire up our BBQ to have a pot luck lunch and maybe a paddle after finishing our work on our area. Please bring hot links, sausages, chicken, veggies to cook on the grill. Bring desserts, salads and other lunchables too.

The SF Port, who owns the land where our container is located, has donated a permanent porta-pottie for our use and to the relief of our native plant bushes.

Come out to Islais Creek to celebrate Earth Day with fellow paddlers and members in style.

Please RSVP to the Earth Day Cleanup at Islais Creek here:

For more info, contact

Annual Member Meeting and Work Day – February 25, 2017

Hello KU members, guests and boat owners with kayaks in the container,

The KU governing board met earlier this month and we have some exciting news. We have some ideas for increased access to boats and  paddling equipment and some opportunities to increase storage options for members this year. Come get involved with the exciting future changes in our club!  We need your opinions and input to these new board ideas. You are also invited to attend this work party/meeting so that you can bring your ideas on trips and clinics that you would like to see take place this year.
 Let’s do lunch and bring a potluck item to share with others after we work on the weeds.

 We will have the yearly membership payment and waiver forms available at this meeting/work party BUT, If you can’t make this meeting please note:
1. Members and guests are required to a sign a new waiver each year. Print, sign and scan the waiver. Email it to
2. Pay your annual membership fees via PayPal ( or by check (email for mailing address). It’s $30 for members and an additional $40 storage fee if you store your boat in the container  .
3. Join our Yahoo Groups email listserv to learn about trips and park clean ups. Also, keep track of our activities by liking us on Facebook.
Feel free to spread the word about Kayaks Unlimited by sharing the link to our website:
The board members, fellow paddlers of KU look forward to seeing you on February 25,
 Let’s go paddlin’,
Bo Barnes
KU Board President