TOMALES KAYAK OVERNIGHT KIDS CAMP

Kayak Camp for Teenagers in San Francisco Bay Area, Marin, Sausalito

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ADVENTURE TYPE

Kayak & SUP

EXPERIENCE NECESSARY

Beginner

AGE MINIMUM

12

DESTINATION / LOCATION

Tomales Bay

TRIP DATES

Weekly late June- early August

Calendar

Highlights

  • For kids ages 12-15
  • Five days camping on Tomales Bay, Pt Reyes National Seashore
  • Explore the bay by kayak every day
  • Witness the area’s unique bio-diversity
  • See and hear the Tule Elk
  • Kayakers carry all their food and gear
  • Monday-Friday

5 DAYS AND NIGHTS KAYAKING ON TOMALES BAY

Sea Trek’s overnight camp at Tomales Bay gives campers the chance to spend five days roughing it in the wilderness around Tomales Bay! Bring your children to our Sausalito location on Monday morning, and pick them up Friday afternoon! In between those dates, campers will be spending their time learning expedition kayaking skills, including:

  • Paddling techniques
  • Packing for an extended expedition
  • Leadership and teamwork
  • Setting up and breaking down a camp

Campers will also get plenty of opportunities to see local wildlife. Tomales Bay is one of the most secluded wilderness locations in the Bay Area, and is populated with a huge variety of animals, from seals to bat rays to leopard sharks to the dozens of species of birds that fly overhead. Coyotes live in the surrounding hillside, and bioluminescent organisms light up the water at night. Sea Trek’s 5-day overnight camp gives local teenagers the chance to experience the wilderness first hand while also building their camping and kayaking skills!

TYPICAL ITINERARY

Meet at Sea Trek by 9am. A commercial van will drive us to Hearts Desire Beach at Tomales Bay State Park, where our gear will be waiting. Campers will learn how to load their kayaks for a multi-day expedition, and how considerations like tide and current affect the planning of a multi-day trip. When everyone is ready, we’ll set out on our adventure, making our first camp late in the afternoon.

Tomales Bay used to be populated by Coastal Miwok tribes, and the park has tried to preserve information about their way of life by putting replicas of their homes along the coast near Hearts Desire Beach. We’ll have passed these on Monday, but our guides are happy to educate campers on the Coastal Miwok, and how they lived within these ecosystems.

Each day in Tomales Bay starts out the same, with everyone waking up, having breakfast, and packing up their camp so they can paddle it to the next location. However, the activities for each day vary by location. We might paddle to Hog Island in the middle of the bay, stop by White Gulch to learn more about intertidal life, or we may attempt to get a good look at a Tule Elk! Our guides are good at planning a variety of activities for campers.

Often, the activities campers do during the day will feed into a greater lesson about the region, its cultural heritage, or its natural history. Campers may get to learn important things about local indigenous tribes, ecological preservation, and zoological study, but more importantly, they will get to learn them first-hand. On our final night, weather permitting, we will paddle to our final camp at night, with only the light of the moon and the stars to guide us.

After packing up camp one final time, we paddle back to Hearts Desire Beach and say good-bye to Tomales Bay. The van takes us back to Sea Trek, where we unload and unpack everything, clean it up, and officially close camp. Campers can leave proud of their accomplishments, with a whole new group of friends and a better understanding of the nature in and around the Bay Area.
Parents should be there by 4pm to pick their kids up.

Bay Model, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965
Follow Bay Model signs, and park in Bay Model lot.

COMING FROM THE NORTH ON HWY 101:

  1. Take Sausalito/Marin City exit. Sea Trek is roughly 1.7 miles.
  2. Go left under the freeway and right onto Bridgeway.
  3. Count seven signal lights (including the signal where you turn right onto Bridgeway).
  4. Turn left on Marinship Way. This is the first possible left after Harbor Drive and is opposite a 7-11 market and bus stop shelter.
  5. Go down the hill and continue straight. Follow Bay Model signs. Turn right between Bay Model warehouses. Drive towards the water and the Bay Model/Sea Trek parking lot is on the left. Parking is free.

COMING FROM THE SOUTH (Golden Gate Bridge) ON HWY 101:

  1. Take the Rodeo Drive exit off 101 (comes after Spencer Drive exit). From exit to Sea Trek is approx. 1.2 miles.
  2. At the first stop sign bear left onto Nevada Street.
  3. Nevada Street ends at Bridgeway. Turn right on Bridgeway and at the second signal light (just after Spring Street signal light) take a left at Marinship Way (opposite a 7-11 market and bus stop shelter).
  4. Go down the hill and continue straight. Follow Bay Model signs. Turn right between Bay Model warehouses. Drive towards the water and the Bay Model/Sea Trek parking lot is on the left. Parking is free.

More Info

Summer on the bay typically consists of a mixture of weather conditions. Morning and evening fog are common with the sun burning through most days and wind commonly picking up in the afternoons. Expect lows around 50 with highs in the 70’s or better.

Sea Trek provides sit-inside double kayaks that come equipped with sprayskirts. Paddle jackets with neck and wrist closures are made especially for sea kayaking and personal flotation devices (lifejackets) keep us insulated and buoyant while in the water.

Layering clothes works best so that you can easily keep pace with the changing temperature and weather. Your child will want a paddling outfit and a warm on- land outfit.

Storage space is limited in the kayaks. Pack your gear in two medium size, nylon duffel bags (12″ x 18″ approx.) lined with plastic trash compactor bags. Your sleeping bag needs to be in a nylon stuff sack that is also lined with a trash bag. Campers bring their own lunch for the first day.

Download your packing list below.

Download Packing List

Reviews

We had a Fun, entry level tour of the Sausalito harbor lasting an hour or so. Mitch was our lead guide and Katie Ann was our rear guide. They were both incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. My daughter was not thrilled because the middle seat between mom and dad (who are probably too tall for a 3 man sit on top kayak) was swamped with three inches of cold sea water. Katie Ann jumped all over it and repositioned her seat immediately so she was comfy and appropriately dry. Mitch has 25+ years kayaking the harbor so he knows all the history and shares cool stories willingly. The whole experience was perfect.

Michael DDana Point, California

Booked the 3 hour tour for myself and my 12 year old. We kayak regularly but in smaller individual kayaks so it was a fun challenge for us to paddle together! We were concerned with getting wet as we had a Muirwoods tour to do afterwards but they have a great system for getting in and out of the kayaks as well as the skirts that cover the opening so we totally stayed dry. We were part of a small group that went out with Mitch and Victoria, both were really great at keeping us all together and Mitch was very informative on the tour (both with kayaking tips and with his knowledge of area highlights). This was our favourite activity during our trip to SF, being out on the water on a beautiful day- nothing can top that off! Great views from the bay, including seeing the houseboats up close. The best part was that we were fortunate to have some seals pop their heads up out of the water to look at us! They were really beautiful to see so close to us. Put this on your list of activities if you visit, it's worth it!

Marian MToronto

Really wonderful. Great guides with terrific personalities. We really lucked out with the weather and were able to have calm waters, no wind, lets of seals or sea lions, cruising along the Sausalito waterfront checking out the huge yachts and colorful, some very sophisticated, house boats.Making a big circle and then heading towards the full moon was really spectacular..The sky was filled with so many beautiful colors. I would do it again in a minute..

msmoefmrMill Valley, California

We like to come and paddle for an hour or so. Today we went south towards the bridge and planned to get bar bocce for lunch..but we ended up next door at a new spot which we really enjoyed..seals and birds , beautiful boats and a nice way to cool
Off on a very hot Labor Day weekend. New spot near bay model was easy to launch and come back..easy w help of the staff and check in was painless and quick . We have been coming here for many years and we always have a great time. They make it easy and fun to get out and enjoy the bay and the ocean without having to store and schlep your own equipment. Thank you

Dr. MaderOrinda, California

We went on a three hour tour of the Sausalito coastline area, including the house boat section and all the way out past Spinnaker's restaurant for a fabulous view of San Francisco, Tiburon, Belvedere, and Angel Island. Our guide Adam not only knew about the wildlife and their habitats in the area, but he enlightened us with stories of famous people and how they were part of Sausalito's history. He was professional and made the trip so much more interesting.

Carol C

We booked this trip with 2 other couples and we were lucky enough to get Bob as our guide. We hit the water after a thorough lesson in kayaking and safety. Wind and weather were perfect and we were able to kayak through the houseboat community and hear stories from Bob regarding all the history and characters living there. Seals were a plenty and many popped up just to say hi. We've done this tour before and it is one of my all time favourite things to do here in Marin. We are so truly lucky to live in such a diverse and beautiful place & being on the water is so incredible!

Cathy W.Mill Valley, California

Sea Trek is such a great place to go and get out on the bay without having to do anything but walk up, sign up and pay. They have everything you need to go kayaking or Paddle boarding. They have all the gear right there and nothing is an extra charge, which I really like. The people that work there are very helpful and patient, so don't be afraid to give it a try even if you're new to the sport.

We couldn’t have asked for more knowledgeable, accommodating and entertaining guides and staff. With prime attention to safety and comfort, this supported expedition was appropriate for our group of paddlers whose kayaking skills ranged from novice to expert. The food was outstanding – with local fish periodically caught in the afternoon and served fresh for dinner.

We would highly recommend this Sea Trek supported kayaking expedition for anyone considering exploring the Sea of Cortez and the coast of Baja Sur California, Mexico by kayak.

epaizeSan Francisco, California

We went for the Scenic Sausalito tour, reserving online the day before. We appreciated signing the waiver online before arrival, which saved time on check in. They had clean and dry equipment (wetsuits etc) for the 10 am start, and entry was smooth into the kayak, with clear instruction and paddling guidance. Would recommend to others. If planning to kayak, wear layers you would be comfortable having under wetsuits to keep warm!

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Ages 18 years old and up. Please call for questions about kids under 18 years old.

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