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“King Tides” of 7+ Feet Coming to San Francisco Bay (Jan. 2-3)

Exceptionally high tides kickstart the new year
By - posted 12/30/2021 No Comment

The next “King Tides” are coming to the Bay Area on January 2-3 with tides expected as high as 7.22 feet.

According to tide-forecast.com the peak tides should occur around 10:16 am on Sunday. January 2 and again around 11:07 am on Monday, January 3.

What are King Tides?
According to the NOAA, “A King Tide is a non-scientific term people often use to describe exceptionally high tides. Tides are long-period waves that roll around the planet as the ocean is “pulled” back and forth by the gravitational pull of the moon and the sun as these bodies interact with the Earth in their monthly and yearly orbits. Higher than normal tides typically occur during a new or full moon and when the Moon is at its perigee, or during specific seasons around the country.” Learn more.

Take and share photos of the King Tide. Learn more at coastal.ca.gov/kingtides

Some of the most susceptible areas along the bay include San Francisco’s Embarcadero which has seen past tides lap up onto the walking path, the Manzanita Park & Ride Lot in southern Marin County as well as Pacifica.

Upcoming California King Tides Schedule

  • January 2-3, 2022

Join a Bay Area King Tides Event:

King Tides Walk on Albany Shoreline

Jan. 2, 10am-noon
Presented by Friends of Five Creeks and Love the Bulb
On this easy, level stroll along the beach and Albany Bulb, we’ll talk about fascinating history including ranchos, rails, dynamite, and the last fragment of a shoreline reshaped by our garbage, now being reclaimed for nature. Bring a camera and document our changing shores for the California King Tides Project. Free, but attendance is limited. Details and required registration here. Email f5creeks@gmail.com for information.


King Tides at Fruitvale Bridge

Jan. 2, 10am-noon
Presented by Friends of Sausal Creek
Join an invigorating tour of the history and science of the Oakland Estuary, with local historian Dennis Evanosky. Learn how sea level rise will impact our city and coastal community. Bring your camera to document the tides. RSVP required by Dec. 31st to education@sausalcreek.org.


South Bay King Tides Bike Ride

Jan. 2, 10am-1pm
Presented by Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition and Citizen’s Committee to Complete the Refuge
Ride as a group from the Milpitas BART station to Alviso Marina County Park (about 6.5 miles) and then return for a total of 13 miles of riding. We anticipate spending 45 minutes to an hour at Alviso Marina County Park itself to eat lunch, relax, and see the sights. These areas are sure to be strongly impacted by sea-level rise in the coming decades. Register online for this free event.


King Tides Walk at Elkhorn Slough

Jan. 2, 9am-11am
Presented by California Department of Fish & Wildlife and Elkhorn Slough Foundation
Explore the year’s highest tides as they swamp the Reserve’s trails! Join Reserve naturalists on a hike to witness the King Tide phenomenon and learn about climate change impacts the Reserve’s research and restoration team is working on. This walk involves a short (1 mile) walk on a moderate trail, with one large hill. Meet at Elkhorn Slough Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road in Watsonville. This event is FREE but registration is required to keep group sizes small – please fill out the form on our event page at www.elkhornslough.org/events/king-tide-walk-220102.

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