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All Tomales Bay Boat-in Camping Permits are available for reservations through Recreation.gov three months to the day in advance.
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Visit our Guide to Low Impact Boat Camping page for additional details.
Where to Park and Launch
There are three locations at which watercraft may be launched onto Tomales Bay and overnight parking is permitted: Tomales Bay Resort, Miller Boat Launch, and Lawson's Landing. Overnight parking for boat-in campers is prohibited within Point Reyes National Seashore (i.e., along the Pierce Point and L Ranch Roads and at the Marshall Beach Trailhead) and Tomales Bay State Park. See the Where to Launch section on our Guide to Low Impact Boat Camping page for more details.
Where to camp
Most permits allow campers to choose their own beach from those indicated as open to camping on our Tomales Bay Boat-in Camping Map. If you reserve one of the three 15- to 25-person permits that have either "Marshall Beach Group" or "Tomales Beach Group" in its name, you are required to camp on that beach. See the Where to Camp section on our Guide to Low Impact Boat Camping page for more details.
All waste (including human) must be removed. Disposing of human waste in the bay or onto park beaches is prohibited, so campers must bring portable facilities or limit camping to Marshall Beach and Tomales Beach, where vault toilets are available. See the Sanitation section on our Guide to Low Impact Boat Camping page for more details.
There is no potable water available. Pack in all of the water you will need for cooking and drinking.
Download the Tomales Bay Boat-in Camping Map. (2,632 KB PDF)
Last updated: September 16, 2023