Crissy Field is the prime put-in spot in the heart of San Francisco. Park for free conveniently nearby and carry your kayak just 50 feet through the sand right to the water's edge.
What Makes It Great
From Crissy Field, experienced kayakers can head north to visit Alcatraz or Angel Island. The Golden Gate Bridge is to the west. A long trip east would take you all the way to AT&T Park, where kayakers gather outside to catch errant baseballs. The beach can get crowded with swimmers and family picnics, especially on weekends in the summer. Wind and currents in the bay can also make for very challenging conditions.
Who is Going to Love It
Do not head out before understanding the currents or you may find yourself fighting strong currents on the return trip. Make sure you and your paddling partners have the skills and equipment necessary for an open water crossing.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Crissy Field is located at 1199 E Beach, San Francisco, CA 94129.