Outdoor Programs

Outdoor Programs

Join Us For An Adventure, Outside

Get outside safely and see the San Francisco Bay from a whole new perspective. UCSF Fitness and Recreation is excited to offer rejuvenating paddling, kayaking, hiking and camping experiences to our UCSF community.

Rec Passes

Get access to all UCSF outdoor trips and leagues on a space available basis. *Available to UCSF students and alumni only.
To purchase a UCSF Student Rec Pass, click here.
To purchase a UCSF Alumni Rec Pass, click here.

Learn more about the Rec Pass online here >>

Paddling and Kayaking Experiences

Our boathouse, located in the Mission Creek Park, is a short walk from the Bakar Fitness & Recreation Center at Mission Bay. All skill levels are welcome, as we provide equipment, instructions, and on-water safety guides.

View the upcoming trip calendar >>


Fitness and Recreation Members, UCSF Staff, and Guests
Online and mobile app registration now open.

UCSF Students
UCSF Students get free access to Kayaking and Paddle Boarding. To sign up, contact Kirk, Outdoor Programs Manager at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Please include name, phone number, date, time and name of the trip you would like to sign up for.

Group Bookings
To book a trip for a group, please contact Kirk McLaughlin, Outdoor Programs Manager: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). 25 participants maximum.

Kayak and Stand Up Paddling Trips

Mission Creek Moonrise Kayak Trip
Paddle to famous McCovey Cove and take in panoramic views of San Francisco Bay, the Bay Bridge, and Treasure Island as the sun sets to the West while the moon rises over the East Bay. What a gorgeous way to end your day! This trip is two hours. $35/member, $40/non-member

Mission Creek Sunset Kayak Trip
Paddle to famous McCovey Cove and take in panoramic views of San Francisco Bay, the Bay Bridge, and Treasure Island. This two hour trip is perfect for beginners and families. No experience necessary. $35/member, $40/non-member

Mission Creek and Beyond
Ready for an adventure? Get out and use those gym muscles as we paddle from our Mission Creek boathouse and under the Bay Bridge! Distance and destination vary with conditions and wind.  Bring a snack and drink to refuel for this two hour trip on the water. $35/member, $40/non-member

Mission Creek to Crane Cove Kayak Trip
Paddle to the newly created waterfront park, Crane Cove! The tides are just right for this four hour, four mile trip on the water. Bring a lunch or snack and relax on the beach before riding the outgoing tide back to Mission Creek. $35/member, $40/non-member

Blue Angel’s Kayak Trip
View the incredible Blue Angels from the vantage point of the San Francisco Bay waterfront. This classic San Francisco experience sells out quickly, so get your reservation in early! No experience necessary. $78/member, $104/non-member

Stand Up Paddling (SUP) Trips
SUP is fun, easy, and right in our backyard at Mission Creek. Our staff teaches you the basics and guides you on the creek’s calm water which makes for a stable ride on the paddle board.  It’s an ideal place for beginners. Boards, paddles, and life jackets are all included. No experience needed. $35/member, $40/non-member

Cancellations and No-Shows
Cancellation policy: If you are unable to attend, cancel using our app at least 48 hours prior to the start of the activity. (Click on the booking and a cancel button will appear. If you have a problem, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) This allows another participant to take your spot in our popular program. To cancel with less than 48 hours prior to the start of the activity, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). A credit towards a future trip will be issued, or a refund minus $30 processing fee.
No-Shows: No credits or refunds will be issued.

COVID-19 Safety

As part of the UCSF Fitness and Recreation Outdoor Programs, we long for breathtaking adventures and sometimes adrenaline producing endeavors. However, safety is always our priority. For the safety of our staff and community, all participants must show proof of vaccination upon arrival and complete the UCSF daily health screen.

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