Enjoy one the most outstanding kayaking
destinations in Northern California. The Tomales Bay
is a protected bay, located a short distance from
the city of San Francisco. The bay offers a thousand
of acres of water and outdoor recreational
opportunities to enjoy.
The large open expanse of
water lends itself well to all types of boating
activities, including water and jet skiing, SUP
paddling, windsurfing, sailing, personal watercraft
and power boating. Hog Island is in the northern
section of Tomales Bay across from Whites Gulch on
the west side and Nicks Cove on the east side. The
island is open on the west side only for day use.
Kayaking fishing is a popular sport on the
Tomales Bay. For those of you fishing in the bay
typically, herring, halibut, leopard shark are
caught. However, fish in the bay have been found
with mercury contamination. Kayak anglers also have
a shot at snagging striped bass, perch, rock fish,,
salmon, and crab.
Open: The bay is open daily, year-round for
Fees: There is a parking fee per day and an
additional fee to leave your vehicle overnight per
Lake Facilities: There are boat launches located
at Miller County Park and at Golden Hinde Boatel.
Miller County Park is located on the east side,
north of Marshall off Highway 1. The bay can be very
shallow, so check for high tides. There is a small
beach area for launching kayaks and pit toilets. A
sandy beach launch area at Lawsons Landing Resort,
is located in Dillons Beach near the mouth of
Tomales Bay. A four wheel drive can launch a boat
off this beach.
Dogs are allowed on leash and must not enter wetland
areas because of sensitive wildlife species.
Launch Accesses: There are
four areas for launching on Tomales Bay Miller
County Park Boat Launch is located off Highway 1,
north of the town of Marshall on the east side of
Tomales Bay. Overnight parking is allowed for
boaters, which makes Miller an excellent access
point for visitors seeking overnight camping or
boating adventures in Tomales Bay and surrounding
Point Reyes seashore.
This Marin County park has a
public boat launch with cement grade into the water,
restrooms, and a pier. There is a day use fee and
overnight use fee. Overnight parking is permitted in
the upper lot, to the right as you pull in. Ph: 415
Tomales Bay State Park
provides two access areas to Tomales Bay, Millerton
Point and Hearts Desire Beach. Ph: 415 669-1140
Millerton Point is on the
east side of Tomales Bay. No overnight parking is
permitted. There is a pit toilet. You have to
portage you kayak along a short trail approximately
110 yards to the water. It is very shallow and is
best used at high tides.
Hearts Desire Beach is on
the west side of Tomales Bay off Pierce Point Road.
It is a day-use area (no overnight parking) and
there is a day-use fee. You must portage your kayak
110 yards across a sandy beach. Water and restrooms
are available on the beach. Orange floats are placed
in the water in summer to indicate the swimming
area. Boaters may land to the south of the orange
floats. Motorized vessels are prohibited within 30
Directions: From San Rafael, off of U.S.
Highway 101 Turn left on Smith Ranch Road. eters (100 feet) of the swim area markers.
The Tomales Bay Resort and
Marina are located on the west side of the bay. It
is off Sir Francis Drake Boulevard five kilometers
(3 miles) north of Inverness. Cement boat ramp
available.There is a boat launch fee and if you pay
the launch fee, you may leave your car overnight. No
dump station. Ph: 415 669-1389