August 8, 2017

Your Kayaking Guide to San Rafael Bay

Kayak from Loch Lomond

The possibilities for adventure feel limitless when you set off onto the water. Start your journey from the kayak launch at Loch Lomond Marina. Stay in San Rafael Bay or travel somewhere entirely new – either way, Marin is a kayaker’s dream and The Strand is your launch to it all.

West and East Marin Island, the two islands just across from the breakwater from The Strand, are part of a protected wildlife sanctuary. You can’t land your kayak on the shore, but you can pull up alongside the islands and may be able to see herons and egrets in the largest rookery in the Bay Area.

Just around Point San Pedro, after passing between the coast and islands known as The Sisters, you’ll find two breathtaking locations where you can either dock your kayak or paddle by for the scenery. McNears Beach is set in a gorgeous cove and offers fishing from a pier, barbecues, picnic tables, tennis and more in addition to a premier kayaking spot. China Camp State Park, adjacent to McNears Beach and just a little further up the coast, provides gorgeous hiking trails as well as walk-in tent camping surrounded by groves of oak, bay laurels and madrones. Kayak over to either of these close-to-home locations and you’re sure to have an outdoor day to remember.

You can rent kayaks, take lessons and buy equipment from 101 Surf Sports just a few minutes away at their San Rafael location on Third Street. With access to San Rafael Creek, an amazing selection, friendly staff and nearby location, this shop is sure to be a favorite.

If you’re new to kayaking or just wanting to meet other enthusiasts, you can paddle down the coast to Corte Madera Creek to see the local experts at the Marin Rowing Association in their headquarters. With programs for adults and children of all skill levels, this club offers a great resource close to home.

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