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Tomales Bay Morning Paddle
We do this amazing tour at two put-in locations:
INVERNESS: on the WEST SHORE of Tomales Bay at the TOMALES BAY RESORT
MARSHALL: on the EAST SHORE of Tomales Bay- 8 miles North of Point Reyes Station on HWY 1


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Your morning paddle on Tomales Bay is a gentle naturalist-led tour that is perfect for first-time as well as experienced paddlers.    Tomales Bay is a beautiful coastal inlet that is protected from the sea by the Point Rey
es Peninsula.  As you find yourself surrounded by the beauty and serenity of Tomales Bay, you most likely will see osprey, harbor seals, pelicans, bat rays and other species of wildlife.


Bring the whole family along for a fun adventure of paddling and nature watching!
Cost: $68
EVERY SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, from ONE of our locations, either our INVERNESS location at the Tomales Bay Resort or the MARSHALL location at the Marshall Boatworks (see directions below).
Winter Hours: 10 am - 1 pm
(see Calendar for dates)


    

INVERNESS
!!! 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!

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MARSHALL
!!! 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!

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Itinerary:
We will meet at the Blue Waters Kayaking site in INVERNESS. After organizing gear and going over basic kayaking instructions and safety procedures, we'll launch our boats and paddle along the bay. We'll explore along the Pt. Reyes shoreline, enjoying the wildlife and beautiful scenery. We'll go fog or shine.
  We will meet at the Blue Waters Kayaking site in MARSHALL. After organizing gear and going over basic kayaking instructions and safety procedures, we'll launch our boats and paddle along the bay. We'll explore along the Pt. Reyes shoreline, enjoying the wildlife and beautiful scenery. We'll go fog or shine.

Equipment:   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 and cold.

  • Sun screen & lip balm
  • Hat with sun visor Wool or fleece hat (for cold days)
  • Sunglasses
  • 1 liter (minimum) water bottle
  • Shorts or baggy 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
  • Waterproof Windbreaker jacket
  • Wool, capilene, poly pro, or some other synthetic long sleeve, long underwear shirt that will keep you warm when it is wet (Cotton or cotton blend clothing retains water and will keep you cold if it becomes wet)
  • Pile or fleece pullover or a wool sweater
  • Change of clothes, including dry shoes
  • High energy snacks

Release Form:   Please print out, read, sign, and BRING the release of liability and assumption of risk form with you on our trip.

Directions:  

Blue Waters Kayaking - Inverness is located on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard 1 mile north of the town of Inverness at 12944 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. Our site is located next to the Tomales Bay Resort. The driveway is just past (west) the entrance to the Tomales Bay Resort. PLEASE DO NOT PARK AT THE TOMALES BAY RESORT. NOTE: We do not recommend using Mapquest from San Francisco because it takes you on Highway 1 through Mill Valley, which is much longer than the route proposed below.

From San Francisco and southern Marin County (1.25 hours from Golden Gate Bridge):

  • Take the Golden Gate Bridge and go north on Highway 101 for 8.5 miles to the Sir Francis Drake Blvd exit. Exit at Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and go 22.8 miles through Ross, San Anselmo, Fairfax to Olema. In Olema, turn right on Highway 1 and go 2 miles.
  • Turn left on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and go 5 miles through the towns of Inverness Park and Inverness. We are one mile past Inverness on the right side just past the Tomales Bay Resort.

*Alternate Route from the south through Central San Rafael:

  • Take Highway 101 to the Central San Rafael exit. Turn slight right onto Irwin Street and go 0.1 mile.
  • Turn left onto 3rd Street and go 1 mile.
    • Turn slight right onto 2nd Street.
    • 2nd Street becomes 4th Street after 0.4 miles.
    • 4th Street becomes Red Hill Avenue after 0.5 miles.
    • Red Hill Avenue becomes Sir Francis Drake Boulevard after 0.6 miles.
  • Stay on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard for 17 miles through San Anselmo and Fairfax to Olema. In Olema, turn right on Highway 1 and go 2 miles.
  • Turn left on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and go 5 miles through the towns of Inverness Park and Inverness. We are one mile past Inverness on the right side just past the Tomales Bay Resort.

From Santa Rosa and other points north:

  • Take Highway 101 to the E Washington Street exit toward Central Petaluma. Turn west on E Washington Street and go 0.6 miles. Turn left on Lakeville Street and go 0.1 mile. Turn right onto D Street Take D Street until it becomes Point Reyes / Petaluma Road after 4.6 miles. Stay on Point Reyes / Petaluma Road for 11 miles until you get to the purple bridge stop sign. Turn right to stay on Point Reyes / Petaluma Road and go 3 miles. Go left on Highway 1 and go through the town of Point Reyes Station for 0.8 miles.   Just outside of town you will go over a green bridge and take the next right on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard (follow the signs for the lighthouse).
  • On Sir Francis Drake you will go 5 miles through the towns of Inverness Park and Inverness. We are one mile past Inverness on the right side just past the Tomales Bay Resort.

From East Bay:

  • Take I-580 west over Richmond/San Rafael Bridge and go west on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard.
  • For the rest of the directions, see Sir Francis Drake route explained above in first set of directions.

*Alternate Route From East Bay:

  • Take I-580 west over Richmond/San Rafael Bridge and go north on Highway 101.
  • For the rest of the directions, see first alternate route directions above.

From Sacramento to 101 South:

  • Take I-80 west to Hwy 37.   Merge onto CA-37 W toward San Rafael and go 21.3 miles. Merge onto US-101 S via the exit on the left toward San Rafael / San Francisco and go 8.1 miles. Take the Central San Rafael Exit and go 0.2 miles. Stay straight to go onto Hetherton Street and go 0.2 miles.
  • Turn right onto 3rd Street and follow the directions from 3rd Street in first alternate route above.
Please arrive 15 minutes before the tour begins!
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Blue Waters Kayaking - Marshall is located at 19225 Highway 1 in Marshall – midway between Point Reyes Station and Tomales, at the Marshall Boat Works. Please park diagonally on the bay side (between the Marshall Boat Works and Blue Waters). PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN FRONT OF OUR NEIGHBORS "NO PARKING" SIGNS.  NOTE: We do not recommend using Mapquest from San Francisco because it takes you on Highway 1 through Mill Valley, which is much longer than the route proposed below.

From San Francisco and southern Marin County (1.25 hours from Golden Gate Bridge):

  • Take the Golden Gate Bridge and go north on Highway 101 for 8.5 miles to the Sir Francis Drake Boulevard exit. Exit at Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and go 22.8 miles through Ross, San Anselmo, Fairfax to Olema. In Olema, go right on Highway 1, following signs through Point Reyes Station.
  • You will go 11 miles on Hwy 1 to Marshall.

*Alternate Route:

  • Take Highway 101 to the Smith Ranch Road / Lucas Valley Road exit. Go west on this road (left) 10.4 miles to the end. Turn right on Nicasio Valley Road and go 3.9 miles. Turn left on Point Reyes / Petaluma Road and go 3 miles. Turn right at the bottom of the hill (purple bridge) and go 3 miles.
  • Turn right on Hwy 1 and go 8 miles north to Marshall.

From Petaluma:

  • Take D Street until it becomes Point Reyes / Petaluma Road. Stay on Point Reyes / Petaluma Road for 11 miles until you get to the purple bridge stop sign. Turn right to stay on Point Reyes / Petaluma Road and go 3 miles.
  • Turn right on Hwy 1 (purple bridge) and go 8 miles north to Marshall.

From Santa Rosa and Points North:

  • Take Highway 101 south to 116 west in Cotati. Go west 1.2 miles to Stony Point Road and turn left. Go 1.9 miles to Mecham Road and turn right on Pepper. Go 3 miles to Bodega Hwy and turn right. Go 0.5 miles to Tomales / Two Rock Road and turn left (follow signs to the Coast Guard Training Center).
  • Go 7 miles to Hwy 1, turn left, and follow road for 7.6 miles to Marshall.

From Tomales, Dillon Beach and Bodega Bay:

  • Go south on Highway 1 to our launch site, 7.6 miles south of Tomales in Marshall.

From East Bay:

  • Take I-580 west over Richmond / San Rafael Bridge and go west on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. Take Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. 22 miles through Ross, San Anselmo, and Fairfax to Olema.
  • In Olema, go right on Hwy 1, following signs through Point Reyes Station.  You will go 11 miles on Hwy. 1 to Marshall.

*Alternate Route:

  • Take I-580 west over Richmond / San Rafael Bridge and go north on Highway 101. Take the Smith Ranch Road / Lucas Valley Road exit and go west (left) 10.4 miles until it ends. Turn right on Nicasio Valley Road and go 3 miles. Turn left on Point Reyes/Petaluma Road and go 3 miles. Turn right at the bottom of the hill (purple bridge) and go 3 miles.
  • Turn right on Hwy 1 and go 8 miles north to Marshall.

  Please arrive 15 minutes before your tour time!

 

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