The Tomales Bat boat-in campsites are located on the west shore of Tomales Bay and are situated at the base of steep cliffs in sandy coves that dot the shore from Tomales Point, at the entrance of the bay, to Indian Beach on the border of Tomales Bay State Park. These campsites offer great day hikes as well as wildlife sightings, including a heard of Elk which makes its home in the Pierce Ranch section of Point Reyes National Seashore

The boat-in campsites are primitive campsites, with no facilities or other amenities provided. Boating into the campsites is required, hiking into these campsites is prohibited. Campers are required to be fully self-contained including packing out their trash as well as human waste, which must be collected in a portable toilet.

Online Campsite Reservations

Tomales Bay Boat In Camping – Bottom Line

The boat-in camping at Tomales Bay in Point Reyes National Seashore is a great undiscovered secret in the San Francisco Bay area. With only 20 backcountry permits issued for these campsites each day, reservations are a must. When you arrive at your campsite, be sure to make camp above the tide line, as Tomales Bay is heavily influence by the change in tide, and areas that look safe to make camp may not be. If you wish to have a campfire, you will need to obtain a campfire permit as well.

The bottom line on Tomales Bay Boat In Camping, is if you have the opportunity to camp here, do it. You will not regret it. There are great activities such as day hikes and kayaking that are available to visitors.

Tomales Bay Boat In Camping Features

Campground Type: Primitive, designated camping areas
Number of Campsites: Not Defined, only 20 permits issued per day
  • $20/night/site for “individual” sites of up to 6 people
  • $40/night/site for small group site for 7-14 people
  • $50/night/site for large group sites for 15-25 people
Use Level: Medium
Dogs Allowed: No
Fire Rings: None
Drinking Water: None
Toilets: Vault Toilets at Marshall Beach
Showers: None
Trash/Dumpsters: None
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: Yes
RV/Trailer Length: N/A
RV/Trailer Amenities: N/A
Cell Phone Service: Possible with some carriers
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Campground open year-round

Getting There

Geo Coordinates: 38.193947, -122.945732
Nearest City/Town: Bodega Bay, California
Elevation: Sea-level
Location: Marin County, California
Paved Road Access: No
Proximity to Stores: Bodega Bay, CA is 20 miles away


Phone: Facebook:
Web: Tomales Bay Boat-In Camping Website Twitter:
Reservations: Online Campsite Reservations

When To Go

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What To Do

Hiking – There are miles of amazing hiking trails available and directly accessible from the Tomales Bay Boat-in Campsites

Water sports – Tomales Bay offers access for canoeing and kayaking

Online Campsite Reservations

Image Credits: Momboleum

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