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Tomales Bay State Park

6 Reviews

About This Campground

National Park

Point Reyes National Seashore

Just 50 miles north of San Francisco, on the Point Reyes National Seashore peninsula, Tomales Bay State Park straddles the notorious San Andreas Fault. Here, the Pacific Ocean has filled the gap to form Tomales Bay, which is surrounded by a landscape of rolling hills, mixed forests, sprawling…

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Access

  • Walk In
    Park in a lot, walk to your campsite
  • Boat In
    Boat to your campsite

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Site Types

  • Tent Sites

Features

For Campers

  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Reservable
  • Drinking Water
  • Toilets
  • Fires

Reviews

6 Reviews of Tomales Bay State Park

Ratings Breakdown

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Chris M.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2020

Boat in

Great site. Easy kayak in, clean sand. Very little light pollution, good times.

MarinMaverick The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2020

Boat in Site.... Actually PRNS

Tomales Bay State Park - in particular, Heart's Desire Beach is a gem. Great beach for kids as there is sand bar so there is shallow area that warms the water for them to play.  Also hiking on the ridges and resident spotted owls to seek out.

The camping here I have used (and I think it is the…

Month of VisitMay
Deanna K.
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2018

Perfect place to kayak camp

If you're planning on kayaking out to a campsite on a Saturday, book your site and kayak rental a few months in advance. But if you go out on other days there are less people and less lines when waiting for your permit or rental. If you have a canoe or kayak, bring it!! There are free launches and…

  • Perfect place to spot bat rays
  • Low tide view from our site
  • Camp set-up on the higher part of the beach to avoid the high tide.
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SiteMarshalls Beach
Month of VisitAugust

Location

Tomales Bay State Park is located in California

Coordinates

38.12330126 N
122.88246318 W

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About This Campground

Just 50 miles north of San Francisco, on the Point Reyes National Seashore peninsula, Tomales Bay State Park straddles the notorious San Andreas Fault. Here, the Pacific Ocean has filled the gap to form Tomales Bay, which is surrounded by a landscape of rolling hills, mixed forests, sprawling meadows and lush wetlands. Unique to the area are granitic rock formations that originated 300 miles to the southeast, transported to this location by more than 10 millions years of movement along the fault. In more recent history, the area was home to the Coast Miwok for more than 8,000 years. These native peoples hunted, fished and farmed these coastal areas until Europeans arrived and claimed the land in the late 16th century. In 1952, before the peninsula was completely taken over by agricultural interests, the state established a 2,000-acre park to preserve the area’s diverse flora and fauna, and ensure public access to the bay’s many pristine beaches.

Tomales Bay State Park is a day-use area only, and overnight camping is not permitted. The main recreation area is located at the north end of the park, on the west side of Tomales Bay, at Heart’s Desire. Here you’ll find picnic areas with barbecues, scenic viewpoints, nature trails, and access to several beaches. There aren’t any launch facilities, but kayaks and SUPs can be put into the bay from the beaches. A short hiking trail leads to the Jepson Memorial Grove of rare Bishop pines. Near the south end of the park, Shell Beach features a nice swim area, but is only accessible via a short trail from the small parking area, or by hiking the Johnstone Trail from the Heart’s Desire area. On the east side of the bay, a small public area at Millerton Point features a small beach and a scenic, barrier-free trail. Dogs are not permitted on any of the park’s beaches or trails. Park entrance is $8/vehicle, and the park is closed when the parking lots are full. Camping can be found south of the Point Reyes area, near Olema.

Connection Details

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  • Good- 10+Mbps

    Campers can make calls and send texts & emails, watch an HD movie, play multiplayer games, and more.

  • Fair- 3Mbps-10Mbps

    Campers can make calls, send texts & emails, video chat, stream video, and play online games.

  • Poor- 0Mbps-3Mbps

    Campers might be able check email, send texts, and make calls.

  • Available-

    Campers have been able to connect here but we don’t know the quality of the connection.

  • Unknown-

    Connectivity is not known for this campground.

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