Mission Creek

Boat Launch

TRAILHEAD INFORMATION

Highlights

The Mission Creek boat launch is located in Mission Creek Park in southwestern San Francisco. The low-freeboard dock gives paddlers a chance to enjoy the protected waters of Mission Creek, paddle to the nearby McCovey Cove / San Francisco Giant’s ballpark, or rest and picnic in the park as they tour the San Francisco waterfront.

Due to the distance and lack of designated parking, this site is primarily utilized by UCSF Outdoor Programs and as a destination site for boaters coming from other launches.

Boat Facilities

The Mission Creek boat launch provides access to the creek and San Francisco Bay with a low-freeboard dock accessed from an ADA gangway. The gate on the dock is open year-round during daylight hours.

UCSF Outdoor Programs runs kayaking programs from their Mission Creek Boathouse located at the top of the launch. Mission Creek Park also has pathways, benches, sport courts, a dog park, and landscaping.

Directions

This site is located 451 Berry Street in southern San Francisco, approximately 1/2-mile up Mission Creek from McCovey Cove and AT&T Park.

The site is also near the KT Muni line, which stops approximately 1/2-mile away on King and 4th Street. There is a free Mission Bay Shuttle that runs every 15 to 30 minutes Monday – Friday from 7:00 – 10:00 am and 3:45 – 8:00 pm with a stop near the launch site.

Parking

There are no dedicated public parking spaces associated with the boat launch/park. Boats can be dropped off near the restrooms, located along Berry Street, approximately 550 feet from the boat launch.

Restrooms

Public restrooms are located in a Mission Creek Park facility along Berry Street. Restroom hours are currently 8AM – 7PM.

Amenities

Mission Creek Park contains benches and picnic tables, pathways, trash/recycling receptacles, an enclosed dog park, basketball courts, tennis courts, and native landscaping.

Accessibility

The Mission Creek Boat Launch features an ADA gangway that leads to a low-float dock. The park has accessible picnic tables, restrooms, and pathways.

Nearby Trails

The Bay Trail runs along the shoreline at the mouth of Mission Creek and connects to the Mission Creek Park Esplanade, a multi-use path that runs approximately 1/2-mile along the north and south sides of Mission Creek.

Safety Tips

Mission Creek is typically sheltered from winds and currents, and therefore offers a relatively safe paddling area for novices. McCovey Cove has an active ferry landing during baseball games and the cove can be crowded with a variety of larger craft, so boaters need to be cautious to avoid the ferrys and other large ships.

Water quality can be poor in Mission Creek, particularly following storm events. Water contact should be avoided following storms or when otherwise posted.

Trailhead Photos