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Tomales Bay Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information

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 Skayaking tomales bayan 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.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 58 63 63 70 74 79 86 83 82 77 66 58
Low 39 41 42 44 47 50 62 52 52 48 42 38

Open: The bay is open daily, year-round for boating.

Fees: There is a parking fee per day and an additional fee to leave your vehicle overnight per night.

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. Lawsons’ Landing   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: 415 499-6387Tomales 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 mBay 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


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