Drakes Estero Full day

Near San Francisco, Explore Point Reyes by Kayak

Adventure Type


Experience Necessary


Age Minimum


Destination / Location

Point Reyes National Seashore

Trip Dates

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  • Secluded wilderness a short drive from the Bay Area
  • A day exploring a pristine estuary full of wildlife
  • Drakes Estero has one of the largest concentrations of Harbor seals on the West coast
  • A short hike for views of Drakes Bay and the ocean
  • Lunch on a beach
  • Incredible photo opportunities

Explore a Pristine Estuary Teeming with Life

Drakes Estero is pound for pound one of the most beautiful places to kayak in terms of its pristine nature offering great wildlife sightings, expansive views, and the sense of going back in time. From our put in site at the start of the estero, we’ll paddle out to the mouth and stop on a beach for lunch and a short hike.

Drakes Estero is a watery complex made up of five conjoining bays covering around 2,500 acres. During our paddle you’re likely to see dozens of Harbor seals. Leopard Shark and Bat ray sightings are also typical. Birdlife includes Cormorants, White pelicans, shorebirds, Blue herons, Egrets and more.

You don’t need to be an experienced kayaker for this trip, but you should be physically active. Generally everyone is partnered up in traditional double kayaks. Advanced kayakers can choose singles. Only a few dates are offered for this unique trip since Drakes is closed for the Harbor pupping season March 1-June 30th each year. Bring your own lunch. To check dates/ starting time and reserve your spot today click on BOOK NOW or call 415-332-8494.

Drakes Estero, Point Reyes National Seashore

Drakes Estero Trip

  1. Take the San Anselmo/Sir Francis Drake Blvd exit and head west on Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Drive approximately 45 minutes to the junction of Highway 1 at Olema, and turn right onto the highway. Drive about 2 miles and turn left, back onto Sir Francis Drake Blvd. It’s about 9.5 miles to Drakes Estero from here. Continue through the towns of Inverness Park and Inverness and turn left following the signs to Point Reyes beaches and lighthouse. After several miles you will see a sign for Drakes Estero on the left and here you take a left. Prior to the Drakes Estero sign you might see a sign “Estero Trailhead” on your left but pass this by and continue on to the Drakes Estero sign. Another way you can find the turn off for Drakes Estero is by putting 17000 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Point Reyes into Google Maps. The Drakes Estero turn off is just a little bit before you come to 17,000 SFD.

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