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Ever wanted to kayak into a remote campground? Here is your chance! Tomales Bay is. . . well it’s awesome. If you’re wanting to camp here, you must reach the campsites by boat (which really does add to the magic of the experience). If you need a boat, no problem! Check in with our good friends at Blue Water Kayak in Marshall; they’ll get you all setup. You’ll have several beach Continue reading...
Ever wanted to kayak into a remote campground? Here is your chance! Tomales Bay is...well it’s awesome. If you’re wanting to camp here, you must reach the campsites by boat (which really does add to the magic of the experience). If you need a boat, no problem! Check in with our good friends at Blue Water Kayak in Marshall; they’ll get you all setup. You’ll have several beach campgrounds to choose from and it helps to have a map. Two of the most popular are at Marshall and Tomales Beaches (don’t worry, it’s only a 1 hour paddle from the Marshall starting point). One of the greatest things about paddling in is that you can load your kayak up with anything that wouldn't fit in your backpack! So, bring along the bigger tent, some s’mores, a nice dinner (we recommend fresh oysters from nearby Tomales Bay Oyster Company), and a hunk of firewood (just make sure to pick up your fire permit from the Bear Valley Visitor Center. You’re guaranteed to have a grand ol’ time!
Campsite area
Bring your own tents
No. of sites
25
Access
Boat
Group sizes
Up to 14 people per site
Fires allowed
Toilet available
Picnic table available
Beach
Cave
Forest
Lake
Waterfall
Desert
Hot spring
Redwoods
River, stream or creek
Swimming hole
Biking
Boating
Fishing
Hiking
Horseback riding
Paddling
Wind sports
Surfing
Swimming
Wildlife watching
OHV
Climbing
Snow sports
Whitewater paddling
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Hipcamper Sasha
Sasha
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 18th, 2015

Definitely make sure you leave early in the day. The wind picks up around noon, which (if you're paddling into it) can make your trip take twice as long!

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Hipcamper Sasha
Sasha
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 18th, 2015

Large groups can only camp at Marshall or Tomales Beach. Both have vault toilets, and Marshall is closer, but Tomales has two picnic tables. Head there unless your want to a) bring your own table, or b) don't care about sand in your food (it's inevitable).

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Hipcamper Alex
Alex
didn't provide a recommendation.
January 15th, 2015

Get your Kayaks from Bluewater- right across the way from Tomales Bay's many camping beaches, make sure to get across the water before the wind picks up!

Hipcamper Jason
Jason
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 8th, 2015

Grab a couple bags of Oysters from the Marshall Store (don't forget the Minonet sauce too) and you'll be set! Nothing like shucking Oysters around the campfire!

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Hipcamper Becky
Becky
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 11th, 2015

For a small extra fee, Bluewater can also bring any excess stuff (i.e. food, drinks, nice cameras) on a motorboat. I also recommend the Marshall Store for oysters!

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Hipcamper Sancia
Sancia
didn't provide a recommendation.
June 5th, 2015

Leave early if you have kayakers with less experience. The wind an be really intense! Marshall beach is nice with bathrooms and a nice 1 mile + hike to the neighboring beach and back. Very beautiful trip we had a blast.

Hipcamper Jacob
Jacob
didn't provide a recommendation.
January 1st, 2016

We camped in Tomales during bioluminescence. They were only visible in the dark, when the water was disturbed, so we did a night paddle that was absolutely epic. The wake of our kayaks and paddles were glowing electric green. Highly recommend it.

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Hipcamper Amber
Amber
didn't provide a recommendation.
March 25th, 2015

Take an overnight kayaking class at Tomales Bay with REI! rei.com/outdoorschool/160 for full schedule.

Hipcamper Deanna
Deanna
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 10th, 2016

I boat-in camped here and rented kayaks from Blue Waters Kayaking. It was beautiful and very calm to paddle out at night

Pros:
- It's right on the lake. The stars are amazing
- During season there's bioluminescence
- You can paddle up and get fresh oysters at Tomales Bay Oyster Co

Cons:
- It's popular and there are a lot of people during the summer
- Kayak rentals are expensive because it's popular. I rented from Blue Water Kayaks. Would be cheaper to bring your own

Tips:
- Know the direction of current and always paddle with the current
- Pack-in pack-out (e.g. waste included) sites are less crowded

Park
Point Reyes National Seashore
State
California
Phone Number
(415) 464-5100
Directions
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Official Website
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Coordinates
38.18° N, 122.928° W
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