This proved to be the premiere event from last year. A good paddle to the camp site. Camping overnight and the most amazing bio-luminescent effects. Dave Domingo did a great job last year putting this event together. Consequently, I have reserved one campsite at the same location for up to 25 paddlers. (I am also paraphrasing his write-up from last years event).
This is an easy to moderate paddle. Winds can be a factor which can then make the bay more challenging. Be considerate of your skills and boat when joining this event.
Lodging the night before the event:
Some folks camped out the night before. In addition the hostel on Point Reyes has bunks for about $25 per night.
Nearby 'normal' lodging in summer and fall runs $125 to $300 a night. Click here for a lodging search/comparison tool specific to the Point Reyes area.
Linking up and launching:
We will meet at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14th, on Chicken Ranch Beach, very close to the Blue Waters Kayaking on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard.
Those renting from Blue Waters will launch from there and paddle approx. 400 feet north to Chicken Ranch Beach to link up with the rest of the group.
Kayak owners can either (1) park for free in the spaces alongside the road at Chicken Ranch Beach, if space is available, or (2) pay Tomales Bay Resort (next door to BWK) $5 to launch and $10 for overnight parking, and then paddle to Chicken Ranch to link up.
BWK opens at 9:00, so the safety briefing and whole-group launch will likely be closer to 10:00.
Paddling on Saturday:
We will paddle approx. 6 miles north along the west shore of Tomales Bay, passing landmark beaches (Shell, Heart's Desire, Indian and Marshall) to our campsite at Tomales Beach (38°10'23.95"N 122°55'25.59"W).
Tomales Beach has pit toilets and a couple of tables but no potable water. Semi-primitive!
After dropping off camping gear, we will be free to walk on the beach or take mini trips -- perhaps to White Gulch or Hog Island (both approx. 2 miles farther north).
Bio-luminescence Saturday night:
Sept. 28th should be good night to observe bio-luminescence in the waters of the bay. The tides for that day and night are below. Tides going out in the morning should aid in our trip to the camp site. We will want to pay attention to tides at night by starting our luminescence paddle slightly north of our site.
Tide Height: Marshall, Tomales Bay Sat[masked] 10 11 noon[masked] 10 11
The paddle back on Sunday will take some effort.
For boat-in camping on Saturday night, each person will pay an even share of the $50 campsite fee. Assuming we max out with 25 participants, it will come out to $2 per person. Should be reasonably straight forward.
Each person will also be responsible for his or her own kayak rental fee, launching fee and parking fee.