Left turn through a downed tree
Just over half a mile into the paddle, you will reach a confluence (2) - take the center route. Continue a little ways and just before your first mile, you will see a small canal opening to the left (4). Turning left, you will paddle through some downed trees to enter into the main route of Rodman Slough.
The water is gentle here, and sounds of bird calls fill the air. You are passing by the proposed Middle Creek Restoration Project, stretching from here to Highway 20.
The area to your right was once Robinson Lake. In the 1920s, levees were constructed to convert wetlands to farmland. While 9,300 acres of wetlands once existed in the Clear Lake Basin, roughly 80% has been lost. By removing three miles of substandard levees, this project will eliminate flood risk to 18 residences and restore more than 1,400 acres of lake bottom and wetlands, thereby enhancing wild life and fish habitat and improving the water quality of Clear Lake.