Kayak and Camp on Point Reyes National Seashore Just One Hour from San Francisco

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Kayaking and camping on Point Reyes National Seashore just one hour south of San Francisco. Photo by Blue Waters Kayaking

These outfitters and guides provide Point Reyes kayaking experiences including tours and kayak camping.

A Brief Introduction to Point Reyes and Why It Is One of the Best Kayaking Destinations on the West Coast

Point Reyes National Seashore is one of the last unspoiled shorelines on the west coast. It includes Drakes Estero, Tomales Bay, and Giacomini Wetlands. (See map below). Established in 1962 the protected area takes in 71,028 acres. The beaches rank among the cleanest in the state. Point Reyes National Seashore attracts some 2.5 million visitors a year. The area is rich in wildlife including seals, leopard sharks, bat rays, pelicans, Tule elk, and migrating waterfowl. For a couple of months a year when water temperature, air temperature, winds, currents, and tides are compatible a phenomenon called “bioluminescence” occurs when single-celled organisms called Dinoflagellates create a chemical reaction that shows up as a green light in the water as it is stirred by fish swimming, waterbirds, or kayaks and paddles stirring the water. It creates a memorable kayaking experience. Point Reyes has a good system of hiking trails, the most popular being Bear Valley Trail (shown on the map below), a 9.1-mile trail which leads from the Visitor’s Center to the Coast. The Point Reyes National Seashore Association works with the National Park Service to improve the parks trails and open space, restore native habitats and protect threatened and endangered species.

These outfitters provide Point Reyes Kayaking and other outdoor activities on Point Reyes National Seashore

Blue Waters Kayaking Kayaking, Kayak Camping Tomales Bay has a number of remote beaches where camping is permitted “We are committed to protecting the environment and conserving our ecosystem for all to experience” Kayaking on Lake Sonoma
Point Reyes Outdoors Kayaking, Kayak Camping Explore one of the last unspoiled shorelines on the west coast “Our love of the wilderness and sincere desire to share our knowledge and understanding of nature inspired us to create Point Reyes Outdoors Stand Up Paddling (SUP), hiking, biking

See a National Park Services map of Point Reyes National Seashore showing additional details

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