Kayak Camping on Tomales Bay is the perfect way to get to know the Point Reyes National Seashore on a deeper level. Tomales Bay is renowned for some of the best coastal kayak camping in California, and we have been helping plan paddle based trips here for over 35 years. No matter what your skill level, we have multiple options for your next adventure:
- 24 Hour Kayak & SUP Rentals from the shore of Heart’s Desire Beach every Saturday to Sunday @ 10 & 11am. (Reservations Required)
- Take Away Rentals available 7 days a week from our Headquarters in downtown Point Reyes Station. (No racks required, we have all necessary gear)
- Guided Bioluminescence Camping Tours (April-November)
- Private Camping Tours available to be set up anytime by calling or emailing us
Check out the Point Reyes National Seashore’s Guide to low impact camping before you go: https://www.nps.gov/pore/planyourvisit/kayak_libc.htm
24 hour rentals available on the shore of Heart’s Desire Beach every Saturday to Sunday at 10 & 11am. Launching from Heart’s Desire Beach for your kayak camping trip on the Point Reyes National Seashore gives you the shortest paddle possible with no open water crossings. Spots are limited so reservations are required. (Overnight Parking is for Blue Waters Kayaking guests only)
Your overnight kayak rental will start at the Vista Point Parking Area, above Heart’s Desire Beach, where you will prep and consolidate your gear in dry bags. Once your gear is ready, we will load the gear into our shuttle vehicle and take it down to Heart’s Desire Beach while you take the short 2 minute walk to meet us. (We utilize Vista Point Parking Area to minimize our impact on parking. Please carpool whenever possible.)
Included in the Total Price below: Kayak or SUP and all necessary gear, 10% of your rental supports the California State Parks, and 5% is a non-refundable booking fee.
No Rack? No Problem! From our headquarters in downtown Point Reyes Station, we have everything you need to load up kayaks or SUPs on your vehicle, and this easy process allows you a much wider array of options when exploring Tomales Bay. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will make sure you are confident from beginning to end. (2 kayaks or 3 SUPs can fit on top of any vehicle.) You can even check out our instructional video on how to load a kayak on your car by clicking HERE.
All Take Away Rentals meet from our NEW HEADQUARTERS next to the gas station in Point Reyes Station (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
Single Kayak/ SUP
Available Midweek by Request w/ $800 minimum
24 Hours w/Late Return (1pm)
Single Kayak / SUP
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.
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 below as well as the Point Reyes National Seashore’s Guide to low impact camping: https://www.nps.gov/pore/planyourvisit/kayak_libc.htm
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
~All camping on Tomales Bay requires a permit from www.recreation.gov (Blue Waters Kayaking provides permits for our Guided Camping Tours)
~If you are renting to go camping on your own, you are asked to bring a print-out of your Camping Permit Confirmation from Recreation.gov.
~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.
~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
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 the5% 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 for 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.