Rent Kayaks and join one of our HOSTED GROUP CAMPS!
Tomales Bay Camping Permits extremely LIMITED, and are selling out early this season, especially for Saturday nights. Accordingly, Blue Waters now has a group camping program which groups of 6 or less (and sometimes larger groups) are invited to join. We set up a remote camp within easy paddling distance of our Marshall site, equipped with tables, camp chairs, camp stove, and fresh water (firewood and paddling gloves are availalbe at an extra cost), and staffed by one of our capable and friendly kayak guides. You simply rent kayaks with motorboat support, paddle over, and join the fun. Use our equipment and camp on our permit - ALL FOR JUST AN ADDITIONAL $20 per person! (regular rental and motorboat rates apply)
Guided Tours from Camp, Just $40!
On all our group camps, your guide and camp host will lead guided tours from camp for the modest fee of $40 per person. On moonlit nights we'll paddle in the glow of glorious moonlight. On dark nights, we'll explore the shoreline and thrill to bioluminescent displays in the water column. Both are wonderful and exciting experiences! In both cases, you will sleep peacefully at the waters edge to the sounds of small waves lapping the shoreline.
Dates for 2013
Our hosted Tomales Bay Camps will open for the 2013 season over Memorial Day Weekend. We will have camps on two conescutive nights: Saturday, May 25 and also on Sunday, May 27, 2013. You can arrange to stay for one or both nights.
Subsequently, we will have hosted camps on EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH LABOR DAY WEEKEND. Please call our office to reserve:
OUR MOTORBOAT SUPPORT POLICY: Motorboat support is available to transport camping gear and equipment from our MARSHALL site to your campsite at Marshall Beach or Tomales Beach and back. This service makes camping with sit-on-tops, which do not carry as much gear, more doable. It also makes it possible to set up a comfortable base camp with items which are not readily tranportable by kayak, such as tables, chairs, coolers, etc. The fee for this round-trip service is $25 per person to Marshall or Tomales Beach, with a minimum charge of $150 per boatload.
On weekends we can often group small parties together to offset the minimum per boatload charge. Please ask about that option when checking in at Marshall.
*NOTE: The above prices apply to Blue Waters kayak rental customers only. For others, a surcharge of $15 per person will apply.
**Note: For beach campsites north of Tomales Beach, a fuel and time surcharge will apply. (see below)
Drop-off locations and rates: * Marshall Beach, Tomales Beach: $150 per boat load (gear for approximately 6 people) * Pelican Point to Pita Beach (just north of White's Gulch), add $100 per round trip* Pita Beach to Avalis Beach, add additional $100 per round trip.
***NOTE: One motorboat load usually accomodates 6 campers. One load in volume is approximately 4'w x6.5'l x2.5'h, 65 cu ft, (about a small pickup truck load), and can be up to 600 lbs. in weight. BWK reserves the right to charge extra for loads exceeding these guidelines. A partial load is billed as a full load.
****NOTE: We do not split groups for motorboat suppot, ie, offer motorboat support for part of a group. Camping groups may choose to go motorboat supported or self-supported.