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Marin County Kayak Rentals at Bucks Launching near
China Camp State Park and the Gallinas Creek

Kayaks and paddleboards can be rented and demoed from our newest on-water location near China Camp State Park at Buck's Launching in San Rafael. Buck's sits right at the mouth of the Gallinas Creek and next door to China Camp State Park on the San Francisco Bay.

We primarily rent recreational sit inside and sit-on-top kayaks appropriate for casual paddlers and beginners. Those that have taken an instructional class equivalent to our Kayaking Skills and Safety class may rent sea touring kayaks. Please read our rental policies specific to the Buck's Creek in Marin County.

Kayak Rental Rates

Marin Kayak Rental Rates

 
1
Hour
Add'l
Hour
Single Kayak
Sit-on-top or sit-inside kayak
$20
$15
Double Kayak
Sit-on-top or sit-inside kayak
$30
$25
Rental Includes: PFD(s) (life jackets), paddles(s), & backrests for sit-on-tops. Minimum rental period is one hour and prorated thereafter. A $5/hour fee will be applied for an additional small child passenger (ie. a double kayak with 3 people). Please read our rental policies.

For paddleboards, please see our Marin paddleboard rental section.

Operating Hours

Operating hours are subject to tides due to launching and landing accessibility.

We are open on the weekends from at least Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day from 11:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M., but subject to change depending on the demand, tides, and weather. The last rental goes out at 4:00 P.M. and is due back by 5:00 P.M.

6/8 Closed
6/9 Closed

6/15 Open 11-5
6/16 Open 11-5

6/22 Closed
6/23 Closed

6/29 Open 1-5
6/30 Open 11-5

7/6 Open 1:30-5
7/7 Depends on demand due to late favorable tides at 1:45pm. Please call.

7/13 Open 11-5
7/14 Open 11-5

7/20 Open 12:15-5
7/21 Open 12:45-5

7/27 Open 11-5
7/28 Open 11-5

8/3 Open 11:45-5
8/4 Open 12:30-5

8/10 Open 11-5
8/11 Open 11-5

8/17 CLOSED
8/18 Open 11-5

8/24 CLOSED
8/25 CLOSED unexpectedly due to staff illness. Sorry for the inconvenience.

8/31 Open 11-5
9/1 Open 11-5

As more people discover this awesome paddling destination we will expand our days of operation.

Kayak Rental Reservations

We rent kayaks on a first come first served basis and the availability of our kayaks is generally very good.

Reservations are only accepted for large groups for start times at or before 10:00am. If you have a group and want to make a reservation or customize a midweek event, please contact our guide service coordinator.

Special Needs

If you have special needs or might require special accomadations please contact us at the numbers below and we will be happy to assist you.

Directions to Buck's Launching in San Rafael
Near China Camp State Park

Directions from San Francisco

Take Highway 101 North, and cross the Golden Gate Bridge and head towards San Rafael. Take the exit for N. San Pedro Road and head East. Continue on N. San Pedro Road. You will eventually come to a stop sign at Meadow Drive and you will see a 711 store on your right. Continue on N. San Pedro Road past the stop sign and East towards the Bay. At the top of the small hill just before continuing down towards the Bay, turn left for Buck's Launching. Follow the entrance signs for Outback Adventures. Please do not drive or park past the buildings on the left, but instead drive through the gated entrance on the right.

Directions from Santa Rosa

Take 101 South and take the exit for N. San Pedro Road. At the exit turn left which is the same direction for China Camp State Park and the Marin County Civic Center. Continue on N. San Pedro Road. You will eventually come to a stop sign at Meadow Drive and you will see a 711 store on your right. Continue on N. San Pedro Road past the stop sign and East towards the Bay. At the top of the small hill just before continuing down towards the Bay, turn left for Buck's Launching. Follow the entrance signs for Outback Adventures. Please do not drive or park past the buildings on the left, but instead drive through the gated entrance on the right.

Directions from Richmond

Take 580 West accross the Richmond / San Rafael Bridge towards San Rafael and merge onto 101N. Take the exit for N. San Pedro Road and head East. Continue on N. San Pedro Road. You will eventually come to a stop sign at Meadow Drive and you will see a 711 store on your right. Continue on N. San Pedro Road past the stop sign and East towards the Bay. At the top of the small hill just before continuing down towards the Bay, turn left for Buck's Launching. Follow the entrance signs for Outback Adventures. Please do not drive or park past the buildings on the left, but instead drive through the gated entrance on the right.

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