Tomales Bay State Park

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Tomales Bay State Park

California

(415) 669-1140

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Overview

The Coast Miwok people were the first to inhabit the coastal area of sheltered coves, beaches, tidal marshes, and forest of Bishop pines now known as Tomales Bay State Park, forty miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Sir Francis Drake was the first explorer to land in this area in 1579, followed by the Spanish in 1595. Russian and German scientists explored the area in the early 1800s. In the 1940s real estate developers began to purchase large areas of beachfront land, prompting local residents and conservation groups to save this area as a park. In 1952, Tomales Bay State Park was formally dedicated and opened to the public.

Map of Tomales Bay (CA)

Latitude, Longitude: 38.172922, -122.902172

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Activities

  • Boating

    There are no boat-launching facilities, but hand-carried boats may be put in the water. Boaters are welcome to land on the beaches provided they stay clear of the well-marked swimming areas.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is allowed but be aware of the boating rules.

  • Hiking

    Hiking trails connect the park's four beaches and go through the Jepson Memorial Grove. The trail between Heart's Desire and Indian Beaches has a self-guided nature tour.

  • Historic Sites

    Indian Beach, about one-half mile north of Heart's Desire Beach at the end of the nature trail, is the site of the park's interpretive programs on the Miwok. On the beach two reconstructed Miwok bark shelters stand upright, forming tall cones.

  • Picnicking

    Heart's Desire Beach has drinking water, a picnic area with fireplaces, dressing rooms and flush toilets.

  • Water Sports

    The day-use park features four gently sloping, surf-free beaches, protected from winds by Inverness Ridge, the backbone of the Point Reyes Peninsula.

Seasonality/Weather

Weather can change quickly. Visitors should be prepared by dressing in layers.

Directions

Driving

The park is 40 miles north of San Francisco, adjacent to Point Reyes National Seashore. Eight miles from Highway One on the west side of the bay and four miles north of Inverness on Pierce Point Road.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(415) 669-1140

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