Boat-in Camping at Point Reyes National Seashore (U.S. National Park Service)


Point Reyes National Seashore offers year-round boat-in camping on the west shore of Tomales Bay. Because of its location near the Metropolitan San Francisco Bay Area, the campsites at Point Reyes are in great demand. You must reserve a permit through in advance of arrival. Permits may be—and frequently are—reserved three months to the day in advance, so it’s best to plan your trip well in advance.

The Tomales Bay boat-in sites may only be accessed by kayak, canoe, small motorboat, small sailboat, or other small vessel; personal watercraft (e.g., jet skis) are prohibited on Tomales Bay.

Be sure to visit the park’s A Guide to Low Impact Boat Camping page for more detailed information about overnight kayaking and boating on Tomales Bay.

Camping rules and regulations must be observed.

Please visit our Leave No Trace page to learn how you can help leave the backcountry in a better condition than you found it.

Where to Launch

There are three locations at which watercraft may be launched onto Tomales Bay and overnight parking is permitted:

Tomales Bay Resort

Geographic Coordinates: 38.1071, -122.8629
Tomales Bay Resort is a private resort on Tomales Bay 1.5 km (0.9 miles) north of Inverness. It is the only location along the west shore of Tomales Bay that provides overnight parking for boat-in campers. There is an overnight parking fee.

Miller Boat Launch

Geographic Coordinates: 38.2, -122.9215
Marin County Parks’ Miller Boat Launch is located on the east side of Tomales Bay along Highway 1 just north of Nick’s Cove, which is ~6.5 km (~4 mi) north of the town of Marshall. This Marin County park has a public boat launch with a cement ramp into the water, in addition to a pier and restrooms. Overnight parking is permitted in the upper lot, to the right/north as you pull in; a printout of your confirmation notice from must be displayed on the dashboard of every vehicle associated with your group. No overnight camping or beach fires.

Lawson’s Landing

Geographic Coordinates: 38.2322, -122.9683
Lawson’s Landing campground and boat launch are located in Dillon Beach with direct access to the north end of Tomales Bay. The boat ramp is a sand-bottomed ramp and Lawson’s Landing uses a fork lift to move boats onto the water. Or if you have 4 wheel drive, they allow you to use it to put your boat into the water. There is a dump station and boat rentals. Restrooms and water available. There is a day-use fee and overnight parking requires purchasing a Lawson’s Landing campsite.

Where to Camp

Overnight boat-in camping is permitted on a number of the beaches on the west side of Tomales Bay within Point Reyes National Seashore. (Download the Tomales Bay Boat-in Camping Map. [2,632 KB PDF]) Open up the “Location” collapsible panel below for more details.

Backcountry Office Contact Information

For non-emergency, park-specific camping questions, please send an email to our Camping Desk.

To make, change, or cancel your camping reservations, log in to, or call the call center at 1-877-444-6777. Call center staff are available every day of the year from 7 am to 9 pm PT, except on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

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