Don’t forget that permits are required for boat-in camping on Tomales Bay and Lake Sonoma. Permits sell out fast, and are available 3 months in advance on www.recreation.gov (link below):
Tomales Bay has become a very popular area to camp on the weekends, and due to that the permits tend to sell out. Accordingly, we have developed a group camping program that goes out every Saturday to Sunday from May to September. (Private camps can be set up anytime by calling in)
We set up a waterside camp that is reached by a scenic paddle, equipped with a camp table, camp stove, cooking pots/ pans, propane fire pit, and staffed by our capable and friendly kayak guides. You supply your food for the trip, eating/ drinking utensils, a gallon of water, tent, sleeping bag/ pad, and anything else you would like to have on your adventure.
Arrive at 10am, load your gear on to your kayak with the help of your guide, and then enjoy the beautiful paddle to your campsite with your knowledgeable guide. 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.
More information about camping on Tomales Bay like our Boat-In Map and “Know Before You Go” section can be found at our Camping Page.