Tomales Bay Camping

~Overnight Kayak & SUP Rentals on Tomales Bay 

~Private Tomales Bay Guided Camping Tours TAKE AWAY RENTALS

Load up a kayak or SUP on your own vehicle and take it to one of the many beautiful launching locations on Tomales Bay.

From our NEW LOCATION next to the gas station in Point Reyes (11401 CA-1, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956)

Tomales Bay typically gets higher winds after 12pm, and all rentals must be back by 3:30pm

~Weekends can be busy
~Reservations are suggested
~Late returns are subject to a fee

1/2 Day

(4 Hours)

Full Day

(until 4:30pm)


(<32 Hours)

2 Nights

(<56 Hours)

Single Kayak/ SUP

$75 $85 $135 $185

Double Kayak

$98 $120 $198  $275


Reservation Required.
Available Midweek by Request w/ $800 minimum 
~Weekends can be busy
~Reservations are suggested
~Late returns are subject to a fee

2 Hours


24 Hours

24 Hours w/Late Return (1pm)

48 Hours

415.669.2600 415.669.2600 415.669.2600 415.669.2600

Single Kayak / SUP





Double Kayak





We ask all groups to carpool.  The Bear Valley Visitor Center is a convenient location to carpool from for your camping adventure.

Enjoy the Sublime Natural World Just One Hour North of San Francisco!

Imagine camping on a beautiful beach that can only be reached by boat in the Point Reyes National Seashore.  Tomales Bay has a number of these remote beaches where camping is permitted and which are located within an easily accessible paddle from most of the local launch sites.

We offer a variety of guided services to help make your kayak camping adventure a success such as catered camping trips, team building events, and gear shuttling with our motorboat. (NOTE: Motorboat services are only available midweek in 2022.  $1500 Additional)

Sit-on-tops are our primary rental boats.  Overnight kayak rentals should pack no more gear than would be brought on a backpacking trip.  For help with planning your adventure check out the “Know Before You Go” information and the Tomales Bay Beach Map below as well as our FAQ page for ideas on what to bring with!

Sit On Top Single & Double Kayaks – our typical rental boats

Public & Private Camping Tours

$350/ person

6 person minimum for Private Tours & 12 person maximum on Public Tours
Includes bioluminescence or moonlight tour from camp

Please Call 415.669.2600 to Set Up Your Private Camping Adventure

Your day will start at Miller Boat Launch, where we will load all of your camping gear in to our closed deck double kayaks. (You should have no problem fitting all of your essentials if you pack “backpack style”) Once loaded we will paddle over to the Point Reyes National Seashore for a beautiful morning of exploring before we make it to the beach that we will call camp.  Your guide will be available to help with questions as you set up camp, then you have the day to yourself to enjoy whatever you would like (hiking, swimming, exploring the intertidal zone, reading, relaxing, etc…) 

On all our group camps, your guide and camp host will lead guided tours from camp for anyone who wants to explore Tomales Bay after the sun goes down.  On dark nights we’ll explore the shoreline and be thrilled by the natural light show in the water that is bioluminescence, and on moonlit nights we’ll paddle in the glow of glorious moonlight and stars. (There is still a slight chance to see bioluminescence on these moonlit nights if the fog comes in) Both are wonderful and exciting experiences! In both cases, your night will end with you sleeping peacefully at the waters edge.

Blue Waters Kayaking Provides:

  • Kayaks with all Kayaking Gear
  • Knowledgeable & Friendly Guides 


Day 1

  • 10AM – Arrive at Miller Boat Launch, and meet your guides. (Parking at Miller Boat Launch is limited on weekends, so arriving early is strongly suggested) – Unload your camping gear, park your vehicle, get oriented to your paddling gear, and load your kayaks. (full water bottle, snacks, sunblock, waterproof camera, ect…..should usually be packed somewhere accessible)
  • 11-1PM -Enjoy a beautiful paddle over to your campsite with our fun and knowledgeable guides.
  • 1pm-Dark – Once we arrive at our beach you will set up base camp and then enjoy lunch.  After lunch you will have free time to enjoy the beach and the Point Reyes National Seashore.  Explore the coastline by kayak, take a hike up the ridge, read a book, take a nap, swim….there are so many options.  
  • After Dark (time will change depending on the time of year) – Night Paddle from the beach.

Day 2

  • 9AM – Break down camp and load our gear in our boats.  
  • 10AM – The group will paddle back together to Miller Boat Launch, and we will be done by 12pm
(Times are approximate, and may change due to weather conditions, activity at the public boat ramp, or other unforeseen circumstances)


~All camping on Tomales Bay requires a permit from  (Blue Waters Kayaking provides permits for our Guided Camping Tours)

~As of 2020, you do NOT need to pick up your permit at the Bear Valley Visitor Center.  If you are renting to go camping on your own, you are asked to bring a print-out of your Camping Permit Confirmation from Beach campfire permits are issued at the Bear Valley Visitor Center in person and are required to be picked up the day of your departure.

~Saturdays can be very busy on Tomales Bay.  You will typically see fewer people if you choose to camp midweek or on a Friday or Sunday night instead.

~Winds can pick up in the afternoons, so launching before 12pm is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED (36 hour rentals may not be available if there are inclement weather conditions)

~There is no potable water on Tomales Bay.  You must bring all of your water.  (1 gallon per person/ per day is recommended) 

~There is no collecting of firewood on Tomales Bay.  When campfires are allowed, you will need to bring wood with you for campfires.  It is always recommended to “buy it where you burn it” to reduce on the spread of invasive insects and diseases. (Suggestions say you can bring clean, inspected wood that has been cut down within 50 miles of where you will have your fire)

~Marshall Beach and Tomales Beach are the only beaches with public restrooms.  All other beaches require you to bring some kind of portable restroom system.  (We sell wag bags on site and there is no digging of catholes allowed.)

~Most beaches are extremely tidally dependent and will disappear at tides above 5ft.  Know the tides and weather for the days you will be on the water.


~Parking is extremely limited.  Blue Waters Kayaking asks all our guests to carpool whenever possible.


~For all rentals children must weigh at least 50 lbs and be older than 5 years old.

~Before you launch check out the Guide to Low Impact Boat Camping from the Point Reyes National Seashore

Check out our Tomales Bay Beach & Launch Locations Map!

~If you are on a phone and having trouble viewing this map,
click on the icon in the upper right hand corner of the map to view this map on Google Maps.~

GREEN BOATING ICON: Public Launch Location 

ORANGE TAG: Boat-in Camping Beach

YELLOW TAG: Boat-in Camping Beach w/ Seasonal Closure

GREY TAG: Boat-in Camping Beach w/ Public Restroom

PURPLE TAG: Day use beach

RED TAG: Do Not Land




Please understand that when a reservation is made with Blue Waters Kayaking, it is a commitment on our part to hold seats in a kayak for you.  This often involves considerable work on our part to make sure that the right equipment is ready for you at the right place and time. We can (and often do) turn away others from that particular date (or trip).  If you decide to cancel, it can be difficult for us to book someone else on that trip, and in some cases may cause a trip to be cancelled due to the effect on minimum group size requirements. With this in mind, we have implemented the following cancellation policy:

*  All reservations are subject to a 5% non-refundable handling fee at the time of booking.

*  Up to 7 days prior to the event: Full refunds of any fees paid will be given during this time period, minus the 5% non-refundable handling fee. There is no charge for rescheduling during this time period.

*  7 days prior to the event: Your reservation is considered final, and all fees are due and payable.  Unpaid credit card deposits will be charged. After this time no money will be refunded

*  Within 7 days (including the day of the event): all cancellations and no shows will be charged in full with no refunds or reschedules unless due to inclement weather. (see below)

We attempt in all cases to determine prior to your tour launch if weather will impede your trip. However, there are rare occasions where we have launched and weather patterns change suddenly at which time we must return to shore.

In this case the following policies apply and each patron is responsible to contact the office to make arrangements.

~~Where tour is cancelled after we already launched the kayaks and must return to shore within the first hour patrons can:

  • Reschedule with a future trip
  • Receive a 50% refund

~~Where tour is cancelled before we have launched the kayaks patrons can:

  • Reschedule the same trip on a future date (at no cost)
  • Cancel completely. Each patron is responsible to contact the office to make arrangements.  In the event you choose to cancel you will receive a full refund minus the 5% handling fee.


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