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San Pablo Bay

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San Pablo Bay Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information

Three bays are joined together that provide long distance paddling opportunities. Situated in the middle, between Suisun Bay to the east and San Francisco Bay to the south, lies San Pablo Bay. 

San Pablo Bay navigable sloughs and open waters, are extremely important waters due to fish and wildlife populations.Kayaking is limited to the open waters and navigable sloughs of northern San Pablo Bay. Boat launches are located in Vallejo, Port Sonoma and Hudeman Slough.

Most kayakers use Cullinan as an access. Eventual formation of tidal marsh and slough channels within Cullinan may provide better kayak suitability eventually but full restoration of these marshes and channels may also require future closures of some areas that become inhabited by sensitive wildlife species.

China Camp State Park is located about four miles east of the city of San Rafael. The park features miles of hiking trails which can be congested with park visitors on the weekends during the spring and summer.

San Pablo Bay is a good destination to catch striped bass and sturgeon, as well as perch and shark, especially near the Richmond Bridge area, by the Point Pinole Pier and on the east side of the bay just south of the Mare Island Rock Wall. Kayak fishing is going mainstream as an answer to the cost of large powerboats, maintenance, and gasoline and the problem and expense of finding a place to park their boat.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 56 61 64 69 73 78 81 81 80 74 64 56
Low 41 44 45 47 50 53 55 55 54 51 46 41

Open: China Camp State Park is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the winter and 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the summer. During the wintertime, the prk gate is locked from 9:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. and from 10:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. in the summer. Kayaking is allowed daily year-round, twenty-four hours a day with running lights on San Pablo Bay.

Fees: There is a fee to camp, to launch and for day use.

The Best Places to Kayak in California Guide BookLake Facilities: The facilities include guided nature walks, hiking and bicycling trails, fishing from the piers and shoreline, windsurfing, hand launch access and boating. Loch Lomond Marina 110 Loch Lomand  Ph: 415 454-7228



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