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One of the best ways to see the Point Reyes Peninsula is to camp on it. Unfortunately, there are no campgrounds in the national seashore that you can drive right into. Several hike-in wilderness camps exist in the main part of the park for those who want to backpack into their campspots, but we suggest that you consider kayak camping. The part of Point Reyes National Seashore that is on Tomales Bay is sheltered from the wind and the waves that pound the western side of the peninsula. Along this protected shoreline there are 17 designated camping beaches. All of these beaches are boat-in only except for Marshall Beach which can be reached by a 1.25 mile hike. But if you want to camp there, you have to get there by boat.

Kayaking to these beaches requires a permit from the National Park Service, but it is otherwise very easy to do. We suggest reserving the campsites ahead of time as they are limited and quite popular as this area isn’t far from the Bay Area.

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If you have your own kayaks or a boat then you can launch at one of three places that allow overnight parking. The first is Miller Boat Launch at Nick’s Cove which is centrally located on the east side of the bay near the town of Marshall. If you want to camp at the northernmost beaches then consider launching at Lawson’s Landing which is in the small town of Dillon Beach. The final option, Tomales Bay Resort, is great for the southern beaches as it is located in Inverness.

If you don’t have your own watercrafts or can’t get them to the bay, then consider renting from Blue Waters Kayaking. They have two locations on Tomales Bay, Blue Waters Inverness and Blue Waters Marshall. They offer many different guided tours, including sunset and full moon tours, and rent single and double kayaks for up to 48 hours for those who want to venture out sans tour guide.

Tomales Bay State Park is just south of all of these beaches and is open 8 a.m. to sunset daily for kayak day trips. Overnight parking and camping is not allowed in the state park.

Above is a map showing the beaches on the west side of Tomales Bay and below is a list of the beaches from south to north.

Beaches on this map

  • Kilkenny Beach

    Kilkenny Beach is a boat-in beach campground on Tomales Bay in Point Reyes National Seashore. There is a cabin on the beach at the south end of the cove so […]

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  • Long Cove Beach

    Long Cove Beach is a boat-in beach campground on Point Reyes. It is located at the back of a relatively long cove on Tomales Bay in Point Reyes National Seashore. […]

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  • Fruit Tree Beach

    Fruit Tree Beach is a boat-in beach campground on a small sandy point on Tomales Bay in Point Reyes National Seashore. This beach is on a point known as Laird’s […]

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  • Marshall Beach

    Marshall Beach is on Tomales Bay in the northern part of Point Reyes National Seashore. Access to Marshall Beach is either by water or by trail. Visitors frequently boat-in to […]

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  • No Name Beach

    No Name Beach is a boat-in beach campground on Tomales Bay in Point Reyes National Seashore. Kayaking and boating are your only options for getting to this beach camp spot. […]

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  • Tomales Beach

    Tomales Beach is a boat-in campground on Tomales Bay in Point Reyes National Seashore. An outhouse is provided at the beach so if you are boating and wish to camp […]

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  • Elk Fence South Beach

    Elk Fence South Beach is a boat-in campground on the shores of Tomales Bay in Point Reyes National Seashore. Kayaking and boating are the only ways to get here. Elk […]

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  • Elk Fence North Beach

    Elk Fence North Beach is a boat-in beach campground on Tomales Bay in Point Reyes National Seashore. It’s only accessible by boat or by kayak. There is no fresh water […]

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  • Pelican North Beach

    Pelican North Beach is a boat-in beach on Tomales Bay in Point Reyes National Seashore. Camping is acceptable here for those who visit by boat or by kayak. South of […]

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  • Wall Beach

    Wall Beach is a boat-in campground beach in Point Reyes National Seashore. Access to this beach on Tomales Bay is by boat or kayak only. Note that potable water is […]

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  • White Gulch Beach

    White Gulch Beach is a beach camping spot on Tomales Bay that only has boat-in access. Kayaking and boating are your only options to get here. White Gulch has no […]

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  • Pita Beach

    Pita Beach is a boat-in beach and campground on Tomales Bay in Point Reyes National Seashore. Kayaking and boating into this beach are your only options. This narrow beach has […]

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  • Jacks Beach

    Jacks Beach is a boat-in beach and campground on the west side of Tomales Bay in the northern portion of Point Reyes National Seashore. There is no land access to […]

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  • South Blue Gum Beach

    South Blue Gum Beach is a boat-in camping beach on Tomales Bay in Point Reyes National Seashore. Boating and kayaking on the bay are your only options for getting here. […]

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  • North Blue Gum Beach

    North Blue Gum Beach is a boat-in beach on the west side of Tomales Bay in Point Reyes National Seashore. Beach camping is allowed, but it’s a boat-in campground only […]

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  • Avalis Beach

    Avalis Beach is a boat-in beach on the east side of Tomales Point in Point Reyes National Seashore. It is located near the north end of the point at the […]

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  • Duck Beach

    Duck Beach is a boat-in beach and the northernmost beach on Point Reyes Peninsula. It’s located on the east side of Tomales Point just south of the northern tip. Duck […]

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  • Nick’s Cove and Miller Boat Launch

    Miller Boat Launch is a Marin County boat ramp facility on the east side of Tomales Bay across from the Point Reyes Peninsula. It has an overnight parking lot for […]

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  • Lawson’s Landing Beach

    Lawson’s Landing is a privately-owned campground and resort on a wide sandy beach known as Sand Point at the entrance to Tomales Bay. The resort caters to tent and RV […]

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