Kayaking Tomales Bay from Chicken Ranch
We decided to prepare for our Channel Islands Kayaking trip by doing an overnighter in Tomales Bay. We started from the beach at Chicken Ranch (free overnight parking) and paddled out to Hog Island, exploring the beautiful Western Shoreline of Tomales Bay. You are only allowed to camp in certain locations with a permit – but your locations are even more restricted if you don’t want to pack our your bodily waste. As such, we decided to camp at Tomales Beach – which was a very nice place to stay. It is the only camping location in Tomales Bay that has bathrooms. You need to pack out your poo if you decide to camp at any other beach. For more information on where to camp / day use / land from the National Park Site for the Point Reyes National Seashore. This is a wonderful place near the San Francisco Bay area to paddle your kayak. There are few places nearby that are this pristine – so let’s help keep it clean and open! If you don’t own a kayak, you can easily rent at Blue Water Kayaks, which is located at Chicken Ranch.
I have paddled Tomales Bay many, many times. The pictures included here are from a few different trips.