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Places to go Kayaking and Paddleboarding in Marin

Marin County offers a diverse collection of some of the best paddling areas in the San Francisco Bay Area. Due to this diversity, Outback Adventures has chosen this beautiful area to be its home base of operations for the majority of our kayaking and stand up paddleboarding programs. In Marin we offer kayaking lessons, kayak tours, and paddleboarding lessons.

Marin County is a paddlers paradise with easy bay access, great weather, and many sights to see. One such location is the Corte Madera Creek where protected waters offer a relaxing paddling opportunity perfect for beginners and those wanting to learn how to kayak or stand up paddleboard. If you are looking to rent a kayak or paddleboard in Marin, the Corte Madera Creek is a perfect choice and is a great place to bring friends and family. The meandering slough-like environment offers 2 1/4 miles of pleasant paddling. There are a few side channels that you can explore and if you bring a lunch be sure to stop at Piper Park. This park has a dock on the creek, a large grassy field, and picnic areas appropriate for groups large and small. If you like to go kayaking or stand up paddleboarding with your dog, check out Piper Park's dog park. The Corte Madera Creek eventually flows into the San Francisco Bay and is in close proximity to Corte Madera Salt Marsh Ecological Reserve, the Richmond San Rafael Bridge, and the Marin Islands.

Just North of the Marin Islands is McNears Beach County Park where there is something for everyone. It offers carry in beach launching of small watercraft, picnic areas, tennis courts, and a pool. Just a couple minutes North of McNears Beach Park is China Camp State Park where you can kayak or paddleboard along the open bay coastline and even explore some intertidal salt marshes by kayak. Activities at China camp include birding, mountain biking, hiking, picnicking, horseback riding, and of course kayaking and paddleboarding. Launching sites are available at Bullhead Flat and lower China Camp Village.

Just outside of China Camp towards the North lies Gallinas Creek which offers a meandering paddle that opens up to the bay. Launching areas on the Gallinas Creek include McInnis Marin County Park and Buck's Launching.

Another area to kayak or paddleboard in Marin is Richardson Bay. This area offers nice paddling along the Marin shoreline and is the launching spot for our kayak tours to Angel Island.

The premier Marin County kayaking destination is Tomales Bay and the Point Reyes National Seashore. Here wildlife abound in the preserved open space. See the once almost extinct Thule Elk roaming the hillsides, curious Harbor Seals, Osprey, Bat Rays, and much more. Tomales Bay also offers kayak camping in designated areas. If you would like to take a kayak tour to Tomales Bay please see our trip dates or give us a call. Large and small groups welcomed.

Places to Kayak and Stand Up Paddleboard in Marin (the short list)

  • Corte Madera Creek

  • McNears Beach County Park

  • China Camp State Park

  • McInnis County Park

  • Richardson Bay

  • Angel Island

  • Tomales Bay

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