I just completed the recon with Kevin, Jane and Judy, and this place is gorgeous -- it ranks up there with Tomales Bay and Elkhorn Slough for scenery and paddling conditions.
The plan is to start at China Camp Village at 9 a.m. and paddle north along the shore, then west (inland) into Gallinas Creek on a relatively slack current and with little to no headwind. Snack/lunch stop on the dock at the McInnis County Park boat launch. Head back to the beach between noon and 1 p.m. with favorable wind and current. Click here to see a map of the route.
China Camp Village is within the China Camp State Park; day-use parking costs $5. You will need exact change because there is no manned entrance booth; instead, there are self-pay "iron rangers" in the upper and lower parking lots for the village.
If you put the address shown as the event's location (899 N. San Pedro Rd., San Rafael, CA) into a navigation system, it should lead you to the turn-off for the village parking lot. I've also posted a PDF with directions and pictures.
In addition to the normal paddling essentials (proper clothing, PFD, drinking water, sun protection, self-rescue gear, etc.), please bring your own picnic lunch and a bow line (rope) at least 4 feet long for tying up at McInnis Park. The dock is small, and the RSVP list is long, so we will probably need to implement a valet parking scheme (you step out onto the dock with your lunch; someone tows your boat a short distance away and ties it up.)
This paddle is rated for everyone, with the caution that conditions on the bay can be variable.