We welcome experienced and first time kayakers alike on this unique paddle. In celebration of the Giacomini Wetland Restoration Project, Blue Waters offers a tour through the beautiful wetlands at the south end of Tomales Bay. This open space's character is changing daily. Non-native grasses wither away under the onslaught of saltwater, while pickleweed andmarsh plants take over. Ducks (sometimes thousands) dot newly created tidal ponds.Bald eagles and marsh hawks soar over egrets and herons wading in slow motion.
!!! Please note !!!
If you are booking after 5pm for a next day tour,
you are NOT CONFIRMED until you receive a phone call from our office confirming your tour!
A BIT OF HISTORY: The Giacomini Ranch was established over 50 years ago at the head of Tomales Bay near downtown Point Reyes Station. In order to create pastureland from existing salt marsh, Rancher Waldo Giacomini built levees and tide gates to manage tidal incursion. The levees significantly altered the patterns of estuarine circulation and sediment deposition in the area. In 2000 the Point Reyes National Seashore purchased 563 acres of the Giacomini farmland in order to begin the long, delicate process of restoring the wetlands. The project took eight and a half years to finish. The levees have now been removed, adding approximately 4% to existing California salt marshes. The Giacomini Wetlands can be viewed from strategically placed, yet somewhat limited trails and viewing areas, or (even better) from a kayak at high tide, gliding through areas where the human foot is now forbidden but non-motorized boats are not.
We will meet at White House Pool, located a mile west of Point Reyes Station where you will be welcomed by a guide. After a welcome circle, gear up, and a quick boat/paddle lesson, we will launch our boats. Heading north on Papermill Creek, we veer to the east, enter the wetlands and tour the flooded project area. Paddling through channels, shallows, and tidal marsh, we will explore the wetlands. This tour gives us a great chance to share the restoration project. We will talk about the project and the history of the Giacomini Ranch. With a return back to White House Pool through intricate waterways.
Our double kayaks track well, are difficult to capsize, and are easy to maneuver. All the necessary gear such as life jackets, paddles and spray skirts is provided.
What to Bring:
Come prepared for variable weather. Bring clothes that reflect your degree of sensitivity to heat or cold.
* Sun screen & lip balm
* Hat with sun visor
* Wool or fleece hat (for cold days)
* 1 liter (minimum) water bottle
* Shorts or pants that can be rolled up to your knees are best for paddling
* Shoes you don't mind getting wet such as Teva type river sandals, wetsuit booties, or aqua socks
* Tennis shoes with wool socks or rubber boots are good in cool weather
* Windbreaker jacket
* Pile or fleece pullover or a wool sweater
* Change of clothes, including dry shoes
* Wool, capilene, poly-pro, or other synthetic long sleeve, undergarment that will keep you warm when it is wet
(NOTE: Cotton or cotton blend clothing retains water and will keep you cold if it becomes wet)