Imagine a trail that has no beginning or end, does not follow a path, and can take you to world-class destinations. This is the San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail – a network of access sites along the shoreline that allow non-motorized small boats to explore all San Francisco Bay has to offer. You choose your route and your boat type from each Water Trail “trailhead” – and from there you can discover jaw-dropping views, amazing wildlife, and rich history – San Francisco Bay like you’ve never seen it before. The pages in this section will introduce you to the Water Trail, provide tips on how to boat among wildlife, and give you a sample of the boats and experiences you may find during your explorations.

For other great tips on how to explore the Bay, check out and the San Francisco Bay Shoreline Adventures: Best of the San Francisco Bay Trail and Bay Area Water Trail (Intro-NorthBay; Central-SouthBay).