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Alameda

Estuary Park

ramp to dock, peron in yellow kayak approaching

The relatively protected waters of the Oakland Estuary make it an ideal location for a variety of craft including larger team rowing and dragon boating. There are also a variety of nearby destinations to visit including restaurants at Jack London and wildlife in San Leandro Bay.

Manager: City of Oakland
Launch Type: Low-freeboard dock, ramp, high-freeboard dock
Facilities: Restrooms, parking, drinking fountains, aquatic center with boating club storage

Encinal Beach

blue and white standup paddle board with paddle sitting on beach, paddlers offshore

The Encinal Beach and Boat Launch provides access to the San Francisco Bay from a sandy beach and an adjacent cement boat ramp. The site is planned for major improvements in 2018/19.

Manager: City of Alameda and East Bay Regional Park District
Launch Type: Beach, Ramp, and Dock
Facilities: Sand beach, cement boat ramp, and high-freeboard dock (seasonally)

Albany Beach

dark gray sandy beach, bay on left and grassy meadow beyond

Albany Beach is a wide sandy beach backed by low dunes. The site is most utilized by kayakers under calm conditions and kiteboarders when the winds are up.

Manager: East Bay Regional Park District
Launch Type: Beach
Facilities: Beach, portable restroom, Bay Trail, parking

Emeryville Marina

yellow and red kayaks sitting on concrete boat ramp, with many sailboats moored in the marina just offshore

This launch provides access to sheltered waters in the marina and the open waters of the Bay.

Manager: City of Emeryville
Launch Type: Ramp and docks
Facilities: Parking, restrooms, picnic tables, restaurant, concessions

Eden Landing

Floating dock with rubber kayak launch

Access to the Mt Eden Creek within approximately 1,600 acres of habitat restoration. The Bay is located approximately 1.7 miles west along Mt. Eden Creek from the boat launch.

Manager: California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Launch Type: High-freeboard dock with low-freeboard attachment
Facilities: Boat Launch, parking, restroom, trails

Tidewater

one kayaker pulled alongside dock, four in water

Boat around San Leandro Bay, the Oakland Estuary, or towards the open Bay and enjoy wildlife viewing around Oakland’s diverse waterfront.

Manager: East Bay Regional Park District
Launch Type: Gangway with low freeboard dock
Facilities: Parking, restrooms, loaner boat dolly, picnic tables, benches, trails

Crown Beach

wide sandy beach, with a lone standup paddler just offshore

Popular site with access along 2.5-miles of sandy beach.

Manager: East Bay Regional Park District
Launch Type: Beach
Facilities: Parking, restrooms, picnic tables, concessionaire

Berkeley Marina

kayakers paddling in front of marina, with hills beyond

Kayakers, windsurfers, and sailors all enjoy the Small Boat Launch

Manager: City of Berkeley
Launch Type: Docks and Beach
Facilities: Parking, restrooms, windsurfing rigging area, picnic tables

Berkeley Marina

Boat ramp descends into water, with many boats moored at docks offshore

This launch provides access to 52 acres of sheltered waters in the marina and the open waters of the Bay.

Manager: City of Berkeley
Launch Type: Ramp and docks
Facilities: Parking, restrooms, fish cleaning station, picnic tables

Contra Costa

Point Pinole

sign, paved trail, shoreline

Point Pinole Regional Shoreline offers a beautiful Water Trail destination for camping and picnicking.

Manager: East Bay Regional Park District
Launch Type: Beach
Facilities: Beach launch; ADA restrooms; Kayak-in campground; Drinking fountain; Fishing pier; Trails

Riverview Park

woman walking with kiteboard kite under her arm

Riverview Park is a popular kiteboarding launch due to the ideal wind direction and frequency. Site is for expert kiteboarders only.

Manager: City of Pittsburg
Launch Type: Ramp, Water Access Path, kite launch assist posts
Facilities: Restrooms, parking, washdown, drinking fountain, observation bleachers

Pittsburg Marina

harbor master building with kayaks in racks

The Marina provides access all types of non-motorized small boats to the waters of the San Joaquin / Sacramento Rivers and beyond.

Manager: City of Pittsburg
Launch Type: Low-freeboard dock, high-freeboard dock, ramp
Facilities: Parking, restrooms, washdown, restaurant, concessions

Keller Beach

View from kayak with tip in foreground, water and shoreline beyond

Keller Beach is an excellent destination for paddlers with a wide sandy beach and numerous amenities. Facilities at Keller Beach include picnic areas, benches, restrooms, drinking fountains, a shower tower, and BBQ pits.

Manager: East Bay Regional Park District
Launch Type: Beach
Facilities: Facilities at Keller Beach include numerous picnic areas, benches, restrooms, drinking fountains, a shower tower, and BBQ pits.

Boat Ramp Street

Group of people in colorful kayaks holding their paddles up

Boat Ramp Street provides access to the Santa Fe Channel, Richmond Shoreline, and open waters of the Bay. Boat Ramp Street was one of the first public access locations to the Bay shoreline within the City of Richmond.

Manager: City of Richmond
Launch Type: Ramp
Facilities: Ramp, picnic tables, benches, parking

Shimada Friendship Park

Benches on right, overlooking green grass, paved paths, and the bay

Shimada Friendship Park is popular for kayakers and stand-up paddlers due to its convenient location, parking with no hourly time limit, and the short walk from the parking area to the water. The site is also popular with windsurfers on windy days.

Manager: City of Richmond
Launch Type: Stairs
Facilities: ADA restrooms, picnic tables, parking, lawn, and Bay Trail

Vincent Park

Orange flowers in bloom, paved path, bay in distance

Vincent Park is an approximately six acre park located in the southern portion of Richmond's Marina Bay. This park is a popular kayak launch due to the numerous amenities and it's proximity to Brooks Island and other nearby destinations.

Manager: City of Richmond
Launch Type: Beach, path, stairs
Facilities: Beach, parking, restroom, trails, lawn, BBQ, playground, picnic tables, benches

Marina Bay Yacht Harbor

two kayaks on concrete pier, sunset in distance

A convenient launch for exploring the East Bay shoreline or learning new skills within the protect Marina Bay basin.

Manager: Owned by the City of Richmond and managed by the Warmington Group
Launch Type: Docks and Ramp
Facilities: Parking, restrooms, boat wash, benches, trails, restaurants

Big Break

Path crosses bright green grasses, ends at beach and small inlet

Popular site for boating, birdwatching, and fishing.

Manager: East Bay Regional Park District
Launch Type: Small beach
Facilities: Parking, restrooms, picnic tables, visitor center

Antioch Marina

person in orange kayak paddling toward rubber ramp

Popular site for boating, birdwatching, and fishing.

Manager: City of Antioch
Launch Type: Boat ramps with high freeboard docks
Facilities: Parking, restrooms, picnic tables, trails

Ferry Point Beach

paved path ends at sandy beach

This little beach offers beautiful views and is a great launch for many different excursions, including trips toward Red Rock Island, Angel Island State Park, and the historic Richmond waterfront.

Manager: East Bay Regional Park District
Launch Type: Beach
Facilities: Parking, restrooms, benches, trails

Marin

China Camp State Park

Empty sit-atop kayak on a beach, pier beyond

Boaters can launch from a scenic beach located next to the pier and historic China Camp Village to explore the scenic Marin shoreline.

Manager: California State Parks; Friends of China Camp
Launch Type: Beach
Facilities: Beach launch; ADA restrooms; picnic tables; pier; interpretive and historic structures; shower / boat wash; parking; Trails

Bayfront Park

two single kayakers in foreground, third person with kayak on pier in distance

Access to the northern tip of Richardson Bay, with excellent opportunities for bird watching.

Manager: City of Mill Valley
Launch Type: Low-freeboard dock
Facilities: Restrooms, parking, interpretive signage

Angel Island

Point jutting out into SF Bay

Arriving by boat to the largest island in San Francisco Bay is half the fun. Once on the island, enjoy spectacular views, secluded beaches, a café, and cultural history attractions.

Manager: California State Parks
Launch Type: Gangway with high freeboard dock, beach
Facilities: Restrooms, campground, picnic tables, benches, café, trails

McNears Beach

Woman in sunglasses smiling from single kayak, just off the beach

This sandy shoreline provides a perfect setting for kayakers and stand up paddlers to explore San Pablo Bay.

Manager: Marin County Parks
Launch Type: Beach
Facilities: Parking, restrooms, showers, picnic tables

Black Point Boat Launch

two kayakers paddling away from camera, toward marsh and green hills in distance

This launch provides a perfect setting for paddlers and rowers to explore the Petaluma River and San Pablo Bay.

Manager: Marin County Parks
Launch Type: Dock, ramp
Facilities: Parking, restrooms, fish-cleaning station, picnic table

Napa

Cuttings Wharf

Lone paddler looking toward marsh and hills in distance

Popular site for boating, birdwatching, and fishing on the Napa River.

Manager: Napa County
Launch Type: Boat ramp with two high freeboard docks
Facilities: Parking, restrooms, picnic tables

Downtown Napa Dock

two paddlers looking toward hills on horizon

While boating on the beautiful Napa River enjoy a break to dine and shop in downtown Napa.

Manager: City of Napa
Launch Type: Gangway with high freeboard dock and seasonal low freeboard dock
Facilities: benches, trails, shops, restaurants, and hotels

San Francisco

Crane Cove Park

Sandy beach on a sunny day

Crane Cove Park’s wide, sandy beach is ideal for lighter watercraft, such as kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards.

Manager: Port of San Francisco
Launch Type: Beach
Facilities: Beach launch; ADA restrooms; picnic tables; pier; interpretive and historic structures; loading/unloading area; parking; Trails

San Francisco Marina

Floating accessible kayak launch

Accessible launch located next to Marina Green park. Great launch or destination to explore the Golden Gate and northern San Francisco waterfront.

Manager: San Francisco Recreation and Parks
Launch Type: High-freeboard dock with low-freeboard EZ-Dock attachment
Facilities: Parking, restroom, trails, drinking fountain

Pier 52

Two large ships loom over kayakers just under their bows

Interesting sights abound for paddlers along the SF shoreline near Pier 52.

Manager: Port of San Francisco
Launch Type: High-freeboard dock, ramp, low-float dock attachment with transfer step.
Facilities: Parking, benches, trails

Mission Creek

green grasses on left, many kayaks in narrow channel, and houseboats along right side

Mission Creek is often sheltered from the wind and has negligible current, making it a good launch for novices and youth paddling programs. It also serves as a good destination for paddlers along the San Francisco shoreline to rest or get out of the Bay’s stronger winds/currents.

Manager: Port of San Francisco
Launch Type: Low-freeboard dock
Facilities: Restrooms, benches, trails, programs

Pier 40

Lone kayaker paddles under Bay Bridge

Paddlers can access a variety of destinations, while enjoying a waterside view of the San Francisco skyline.

Manager: Port of San Francisco
Launch Type: High-freeboard docks
Facilities: Restrooms, benches, trails, vendors

Pier 39

accessible launch with rollers

Accessible launch located in the Pier 39 Marina. Great destination along the northern San Francisco waterfront.

Manager: Pier 39
Launch Type: High-freeboard dock with low-freeboard EZ-Dock attachment
Facilities: Parking, restroom, restaurants, trails, drinking fountains

Islais Creek Landing

Kayakers paddling alongside towering port cranes

Islais Creek Landing is a great launching point to explore the southern San Francisco waterfront.

Manager: Port of San Francisco
Launch Type: Docks and Beach
Facilities: Parking, picnic tables, clubs

San Mateo

Westpoint Harbor

pier with water on right, racks of kayaks and boards on left

This launch provides access to Westpoint Slough, Redwood Creek, the sloughs of Bair Island Ecological Reserve, and the open waters of the Bay.

Manager: Westpoint Harbor, LLC
Launch Type: Low-freeboard dock, ramp, high-freeboard dock
Facilities: Restrooms, parking, washdown, showers, drinking fountain, concessions

Redwood City Municipal Marina

Paddleboard-level view of open water and hills beyond

This launch provides access to Redwood Creek, the sloughs of Bair Island Ecological Reserve, and the open waters of the Bay.

Manager: Port of Redwood City
Launch Type: Ramp and docks
Facilities: Parking, restrooms, storage, picnic tables

Baywinds Park

Lone windsurfer on open water, SF skyline beyond

A world class boardsailing destination.

Manager: City of Foster City
Launch Type: Ramps and beach
Facilities: Parking, restrooms, boat wash, benches, trails, vendors

Santa Clara

Alviso Marina County Park

Two kayaks on floating dock, with water and marshlands beyond

Alviso Slough meanders its way through the salt marshes of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge to the open waters of San Francisco Bay.

Manager: Santa Clara County Parks
Launch Type: Boat ramp with low and high freeboard docks
Facilities: Parking, restrooms, water spigot, picnic tables, benches, trails

Baylands Sailing Station

three people in aluminum canoe

Explore the winding sloughs around the South Bay or go windsurfing in the Bay when the winds pick up.

Manager: City of Palo Alto
Launch Type: Gangway with high and low freeboard dock
Facilities: Parking, restrooms, boat wash, benches, trails

Solano

Cullinan Ranch Boat Launch

Kayakers paddling by piers

The Cullinan Ranch Boat Launch provides access to explore the sloughs and restoration areas of the vast San Pablo Baylands.

Manager: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Launch Type: Low-freeboard dock
Facilities: Portable restroom, parking, trail, interpretive signs

West Ninth Street

Boat ramp descending to water. Rowers in long sculling shell pass by

The West Ninth Street Boat Launch provides a great launch to explore nearby destinations, including the Benicia State Recreation Area and shores of the Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline.

Manager: City of Benicia
Launch Type: Ramp and High-freeboard docks
Facilities: Parking, restrooms, picnic tables, clubs

Suisun City Marina

Looking from paddleboard across water

Popular site for boating, birdwatching, and fishing around Suisun Marsh.

Manager: City of Suisun City
Launch Type: Boat ramps with high freeboard docks
Facilities: Parking, restrooms, picnic tables

Downtown Suisun City

blue sky and water, riverboat moored at dock

An ideal site to birdwatch around Suisun Marsh or to check out the historic Waterfront District’s restaurants, shops, and nearby hotel.

Manager: City of Suisun City
Launch Type: Gangway with high freeboard dock
Facilities: Unloading/loading zone, benches

Sonoma

Dickson Ranch Boat Launch

Still bay waters, green marsh in foreground

The Dickson Ranch Boat Launch provides access to explore the sloughs and restoration areas of the vast San Pablo Baylands.

Manager: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Launch Type: Gravel ramp
Facilities: Gravel ramp, parking, portable restroom, signage

Petaluma Marina

Looking up boat ramp

This launch provides many amenities for paddlers and rowers to explore the Petaluma River.

Manager: City of Petaluma
Launch Type: Dock, ramp
Facilities: Parking, restrooms, picnic tables, restaurants, hotel, gear rental and sales

Petaluma River Turning Basin

Person on ramp to dock, another on dock getting into kayak, as a standup paddler passes by in the river

The Turning Basin is a popular launch located in the heart of downtown Petaluma.

Manager: City of Petaluma
Launch Type: Dock
Facilities: Parking, picnic tables, nearby restaurants and vendors