Oakland Historian Leads King Tides Historic Waterfront Walking Tour

If you missed December's king tides, today offers another chance to experience the highest tides of the year, which are created when the Earth is closest to the Moon and Sun.

Today at 10am, Friends of Sausal Creek (FOSC), an Oakland-based nonprofit, is hosting a walking tour along the waterfront led by local historian Dennis Evanosky. Attendees will learn about the area's history, which includes a dynamite factory, a horse racetrack, and other points of interest.

Participants are encouraged to take photos, as the images can document the ongoing changes to California's shoreline, which are constantly being altered by human activity and natural processes.

The California King Tides Project, launched in 2010, specifically seeks to create an archive of such photographs to provide a glimpse of what the future may look like due to sea level rise. According to its website, King Tides are "the highest high tides of today" — or the average water levels of the future.

FOSC currently works to restore and maintain Oakland's Sausal Creek Watershed, which drains to San Francisco Bay. By promoting citizen participation and involvement, the organization hopes to preserve the creek as a natural resource for the greater Oakland community.​


The group will meet at the benches at Fruitvale Bridge Park, at the intersection of Fruitvale Ave. and Alameda Ave. Please wear sturdy shoes. See the flyer for the event here

Did you snap any photos of King Tides this year? Text them to (510) 757-9959, or sign up for our Oakland tipline. If we use the info in a story, we'll give you credit!

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Oakland historian leads king tides historic waterfront walking tour