Antonelli Pond

A path branches off from the main trail, opening up to a sweet view of Antonelli Pond on the Santa Cruz Westside.

Floatable, fishable, walkable, dog-friendly Westside fun.

First River Forum Divided Over Paddling

Sticky notes on a poster depicting the Estuarine Reach of the river at the March 5 San Lorenzo River Community Forum. Similar meetings follow on March 24 and May 12.

The outlines of a debate over the future of the San Lorenzo River started forming at Wednesday's forum, with part of the crowd prioritizing habitat improvement and others emphasizing greater human engagement through recreation and commerce.

River Paddle Day 1

Becca Moeller with her two homemade kayaks, the "Robbie Lynn" and the "Dos Lados." Hilltromper photo.

The morning after Valentine's Day, several dozen people gathered in a parking lot behind the old Royal Taj (now Maharaja) restaurant on Soquel and Riverside and lugged their canoes, kayaks and SUP boards down a grassy embankment to the edge of the San Lorenzo River.

Food and Fun Rank High Among River Supporters

Food trucks on the levee? Maybe it could happen. Hilltromper photo.

And the winners of the straw poll survey of what folks want on the new and improved San Lorenzo River are: recreational access close to the rivermouth, food trucks and restaurants between the Water and Laurel street bridges, and interpretive signage between the Water Street Bridge and Highway 1.

Meet The San Lorenzo River Alliance

The San Lorenzo Paddle Day on Oct. 12, 2013 was a preview of the kind of waterway the newly announced San Lorenzo River Alliance hopes one day to see. Photo by Sierra Ryan.

A new coalition gets serious about reclaiming the river.

The San Lorenzo River Project

Groovin' on a Saturday afternoon San Lorenzo River Paddle with the Coastal Watershed Council. Photo by Melissa Foley.

People have talked about saving the San Lorenzo River for decades. Now, amid fresh public awareness of public safety and environmental issues, the idea has a new champion in the Coastal Watershed Council.

The Outdoor Poet: David Swanger

The fin of a humpback whale surfaces just feet from a kayaker. Photo by Diane Wallace.

The county's Poet Laureate recalls the great humpback event of 2011.

Elkhorn Slough

A mass of terns (white seabirds) taking flight over a wetlands. Photo by VIcki and Chuck Rogers/Creative Commons.

A global birding destination on Monterey Bay.

Loch Lomond

Kayakers set out from the dock on Loch Lomond in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Photo by Hilltromper.

Fishing and boating among the redwoods.