POLICIES, DIRECTIONS AND WHAT TO BRING
Directions to Inverness
Directions to Marshall
What To Bring for a Day Trip and an Overnight Trip
Policies including cancellation policiies
We have 2 Launch Sites on Tomales Bay:
(on the east side, Hwy 1, 8 miles north of Point Reyes, at the Marshall Boat Works)
(on the west side - at the Tomales Bay Resort
Look below for directions to your kayaking event.
For Drakes' Estero, see Inverness. For Nick's Cove, see Marshall.
Not sure where to go? Call 415-669-2600
Warning about Map Quest:
Coming through San Francisco, Map Quest will frequently send you up Highway 1 through Stinson Beach.
This is NOT the shortest, most direst way (very windy road).
We suggest using the directions below or go through San Rafael on your way to Inverness.
INVERNESS SITE - How to Find Us ......
Inverness Site: 12944 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Inverness, CA 94937
Directions from Marin County:
From Hwy. 101 in Marin County take Sir Francis Drake Blvd. west. When it meets Hwy. 1 at Olema, turn right (north). Immediately turn left onto Bear Valley Road. Drive 2.5 miles to the stop sign and merge left back on to Sir Francis Drake Drive through the towns of Inverness Park and Inverness.
The Tomales Bay Resort is 1 mile north of Inverness on your right. Go past the main entrance of the Tomales Bay Resort.
The driveway entrance to Blue Waters Kayaking is on your immediate right. Please do not pull into the Tomales Bay Resort parking lot.
Driving time: approx. 1 hr. from the Hwy. 101 turn-off to the BWK Inverness site.
is on the East side of Tomales Bay, on Hwy 1 ... 19225 Shoreline Hwy, Marshall CA 94940
Open a PDF with the Marshall Directions
The easiest Route from San Francisco and the
East Bay Area:
Take Hwy. 101 or the Richmond San Rafael Bridge to
Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Exit SFD Blvd. West to Highway 1 in Olema to flashing red light. Go right on Hwy. 1 and stay on it for about 11 miles.
Blue Waters Kayaking is in the village of Marshall, 1/4
mile north of the post office.
Blue Waters Kayaking is on the left hand side of the road just past the Marshall Boatyard. If you get to Hog Island Oyster company you've gone
too far, turn around and come back.
The quickest (and curviest) way from San Francisco or the East Bay:
Take the Richmond San Rafael Bridge to Hwy. 101 north. Take Hwy. 101 North and exit at Lucas Valley Road, go west 10 miles.
All intersections noted below are stop signs. Turn right on Nicasio Valley Road, go 3 miles.
Turn left on Point Reyes Petaluma Road, go 3 miles. Turn right at the bottom of the hill (Graffiti Bridge), still Point Reyes Petaluma Road, go 3 miles.
Turn right on Hwy. 1 and go 8 miles north.
Blue Waters Kayaking is on the left hand side of the road just past the Marshall Boatyard. If you get to Hog Island Oyster company you've gone too far,
turn around and come back.
Directions from Sacramento and Napa and Novato:
Follow Hwy. 80 to the Hwy. 37 exit in Vallejo. Stay on Hwy. 37 to the South Novato Blvd exit.
Go North on South Novato Blvd. to the Point Reyes Petaluma Rd. Turn left on Point Reyes Petaluma Rd, stay on this road past the reservoir.
Turn right at the bottom of the hill (Graffiti Bridge), still Point Reyes Petaluma Rd., go 3 miles.
Turn right on Highway 1 and go 8 miles north.
Blue Waters Kayaking is on the left hand side of the road just past the Marshall Boatyard.
If you get to Hog Island Oyster company you've gone too far, turn around and come back.
Directions from Petaluma:
Take D Street (Point Reyes-Petaluma Rd.) to Hwy. 1, turn right. Go 8 miles north to Blue Waters Kayaking ...
Directions from Santa Rosa and north:
Take Hwy. 101 south to 116 West exit in Cotati. Go west 1.2 miles to Stony Point Rd, turn left.
Go 1.9 miles to Mecham Rd, turn right. At the end of Mecham (1.9 miles) turn right on Pepper.
Pepper ends 2.9 miles at the Bodega Hwy., turn right.
Go one-half mile to Tomales-Two Rock Rd. and turn left (follow signs to Coast Guard Training Center).
Go 7 miles to Hwy. 1 and turn left.
Blue Waters Kayaking is 7.6 miles south on Hwy. 1 in Marshall.
The following items should be brought for the kayak portion of the trip:
Shorts: preferably quick drying nylon
Long sleeved non-cotton shirt (polypropilene, capilene, wool or fleece)
Footwear that can get wet
Lunch or snacks
Quart size water bottle (full)
Binoculars - if available If you are going to be on a sit-on-top kayak,
you might wear your swimsuit under your clothes to facilitate changing clothes quickly.
In addition to previous list, your overnight camping pack list should include:
Flashlight (spare batteries)
Eating utensils- one bowl, cup, fork and spoon
Warm hat - consider a windproof hat if you tend to get cold
Book and/or journal
Firewood-is not to be gathered on the Point Reyes Peninsula-
please bring your own or we have it for sale