Camping

Overnight Boat-In Camping on Tomales Bay & Lake Sonoma

We have many options to
help with your boat-in camping adventure:

~Overnight Kayak & SUP Rentals on Tomales Bay

~Tomales Bay & Lake Sonoma Guided Camping Tours 

~Overnight Kayak, Canoe, & SUP Rentals on Lake Sonoma 

Gear Shuttle Service Available for tours  & rental groups with 12-25 people on Tomales Bay
Want to camp with a group over 25 people or with your dog? Maybe you want to spend more time swimming in the sun and hiking, can’t arrive until the afternoon, or just want to utilize our Gear Shuttle Service for your rental?  Then check out our close by Lake Sonoma Adventures program! Only 15 minutes more of driving time from the Golden Gate Bridge compared to Tomales Bay.

INVERNESS OVERNIGHT RENTALS

The last Tomales Bay rentals go on the water at 2pm in the winter and the bay typically gets higher winds after 12pm

For groups of 12-25 people there are options to launch at Miller Boat Launch with Motorboat Support.  Please call 415.669.2600 to discuss options.

We ask all groups to carpool.  The Bear Valley Visitor Center (where you pick up your permit) is a convenient location to carpool from for your camping adventure.

24 HRS

36 HRS

48 HRS

SINGLE KAYAK

$120

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$150

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$175

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DOUBLE KAYAK

$170

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$210

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$250

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LAKE SONOMA OVERNIGHT RENTALS

Go to our Lake Sonoma Adventures page for maps, photos, and more information about camping at Lake Sonoma

24 HRS

36 HRS

SINGLE KAYAK

$120

Yorty Creek

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Lake Sonoma Resort Area

$150

Yorty Creek

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Lake Sonoma Resort Area

DOUBLE KAYAK

$170

Yorty Creek

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Lake Sonoma Resort Area

$210

Yorty Creek

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Lake Sonoma Resort Area

CANOE

$170

Yorty Creek

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Lake Sonoma Resort Area

$210

Yorty Creek

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Lake Sonoma Resort Area

STAND UP PADDLE BOARD

$120

Yorty Creek

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Lake Sonoma Resort Area

$150

Yorty Creek

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Lake Sonoma Resort Area


Kayak Camping on Tomales Bay 

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

beach-camp-sceneImagine camping on a beautiful beach in the Point Reyes National Seashore – one that can only be reached by water. Tomales Bay has a number of these remote beaches where camping is permitted and which are located within a short paddle from Blue Waters.

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 motorboat support (where we shuttle your gear to your beach to make your experience so much easier). Unfortunately this service is only available for guided tours starting 2017.

Sit-on-tops (the primary rental boats) do not carry much gear, so 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!

All groups on Tomales Bay are limited in size to 25 people maximum per the National Seashore.  Options for groups up to 150 people are available at Lake Sonoma.  (Call 415.669.2600 or check out our Lake Sonoma Adventures page for more details)

*NOTE: Parking is very limited on Tomales Bay so everyone is strongly encouraged to carpool whenever possible

~ Check out our Tomales Bay Beach Map and our “Know Before You Go” facts at the bottom of the page ~


Bioluminescence & Moonlight Camping Tours Every Saturday

$195/ person 

(includes bioluminescence or moonlight tour from camp)

Tomales Bay Camping Permits are EXTREMELY LIMITED, and sell out as early as 6 months in advance. Accordingly, we have developed a group camping program which groups of 6 or less are invited to join. (Private camps can be set up for larger groups on any day by calling in)  We set up a waterside camp that is reached by a scenic paddle, equipped with tables, camp chairs, camp stove, firewood for one fire, fresh water, and staffed by our capable and friendly kayak guides.  All that you need to bring is your food for the trip, tent, sleeping bag/ pad, and anything else you would like to have on your adventure.  Arrive at 10am, load your gear on to our motorboat, and then enjoy the beautiful paddle to your campsite with your knowledgeable guides.

pam_tentOn 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.

10am (Saturday) – 12pm (Sunday)

We will have open enrollment guided camps on EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT from MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND THROUGH LABOR DAY WEEKEND*. Please call our office to reserve: 415-669-2600

*There will camps on two consecutive nights for Memorial Day and 4th of July weekends: Saturday and Sunday.  You can arrange to stay for one or both nights.


KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

~All camping on Tomales Bay requires a permit from www.recreation.gov

~You must pick up your permit at the Bear Valley Visitor Center the morning of your adventure. This is also when and where you will acquire your fire permit if they are issuing them.

~All groups are limited in size on Tomales Bay to 25 people maximum per the National Seashore.  Options are available at Lake Sonoma for groups of 20 – 150 people overnight.  (Call 415.669.2600 or check out our Lake Sonoma Group Camping page for more details)

~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 instead.

~Winds can pick up in the afternoons, so launching before 12pm is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED (36 hour rentals may not be available due to 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.  You must bring any wood with you for campfires.  (Only Pine and Almond are allowed to be burned)

~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.  Know the tides and weather for the days you will be on the water.

Weather: NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

Tides: For Inverness, CA

~Parking is extremely limited and there is a charge for overnight parking.  Blue Waters Kayaking asks all our guests to carpool whenever possible.

~TOTAL KAYAK WEIGHT LIMIT = 500 lbs.

~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: http://www.nps.gov/pore/planyourvisit/kayak_libc.htm


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 GoogleMaps.~

BLUE TAG: Blue Waters Kayaking’s Launch Locations

GREEN TAG: 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

HAPPY CAMPING!

A few photos from past BWK events