Point Reyes National Seashore - Paddling

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Paddling options for enthusiasts of all skill levels.

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Bryson Moore


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Destination Distance From Downtown

34.3 miles


2 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

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All Seasons

Dog Friendly


Fees Permits


Land Website

NPS Website



Point Reyes National Seashore offers paddling options for a broad spectrum of kayaking experiences. Novice and intermediate paddlers can explore the calm estuary. Observant paddlers can see harbor seals and white pelicans.

What Makes It Great

Watch the waters below carefully to catch a potential glimpse of a leopard shark. Don’t worry though, they aren’t a threat to paddlers. Sand dunes line the shore and provide more wildlife and bird watching opportunities. For more experienced, expert level paddlers, test your skills by exploring Drakes Bay from Chimney Rock to Limantour Beach. Park managers close the Drakes Estero and Limantour Estero from March 1-June 30th to protect harbor seals that give birth to their pups during this time period, so bear that in mind when planning a visit. 

Who is Going to Love It

Casual paddlers can stay closer to the shoreline -- there's plenty to see, notably the seals and avian presence. Experts have the option of ranging out and exploring several worthwhile destinations. 

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Point Reyes National Seashore is located at 1 Bear Valley Road Point Reyes Station, CA, 94956. For more information, visit the NPS site


Point Reyes National Seashore Kayaking

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