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San Francisco Kayaking

San Francisco Kayaking Overview

San Francisco

San Francisco kayak rentals, canoe rentals and (SUP) stand-up paddleboard rentals are available in the California Delta, harbors, beaches and lakes of the region. Many rental shops also offer tours and lessons to learn how to kayak. From the open ocean to calm harbors and secluded lakes we've found the perfect places to kayak in San Francisco. These water sports are easy, fun and require little experience, making them the perfect summertime activity. Rent a paddleboard and cruise the calm waters of Tomales Bay. Paddle the harbor in Half Moon Bay where the infamous 'Mavericks' produces monster waves.

North Bay

Lake Berryessa is located north of Napa Valley off Highway 128. Lake Berryessa is over 20-miles long and offers 165 miles of shoreline with activities like boating, water skiing, houseboating, fishing, camping and picnicking. Amenities include cabins, campgrounds, marinas, general stores, picnic areas and boat launch ramps. Lake Berryessa offers boat rentals for houseboat, fishing boat, ski boat, Jet Ski, pontoon boats, kayak and stand-up paddleboard (SUP). Rentals include single and double kayak. Lake Berryessa support rainbow trout, brown trout, steelhead, chinook salmon, kokanee salmon, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, white catfish, channel catfish, green sunfish, bluegill, squawfish and carp.

See our Whitewater Rafting pages for information on whitewater kayaking.

  • Markley Cove Resort
    Lake Berryessa
    7521 Highway 128
    Napa, CA 94558
    (707) 966-4204
    Map  |   Website

  • Pleasure Cove Marina
    6100 Highway 128
    Napa, California 94558
    (707) 966-9600
    Map  |   Website


Drakes Estero photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Blue Waters Kayaking is located off Highway 1 in the protected waters of Tomales Bay. Blue Waters offers tours, lessons and rentals for kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). Rentals include single or double kayak and enclosed or sit-on-top kayaks. Tours include Tomales Bay, Drakes Estero, full moon paddles, wetlands, oyster beds and more. Consider a tour with a combined hike or camping. Lessons are offered from beginner to advanced levels.

Blue Waters Kayaking
19225 Shoreline Hwy
Marshall, CA 94940
(415) 669-2600

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Point Reyes Outdoors is located off Highway 1 at the southern end of Tomales Bay. Point Reyes Outdoors offer ocean kayaking, biking and hiking tours of the Point Reyes National Seashore. Tour options include Tomales Bay, Drakes Estero, full moon paddles, bioluminescence paddles and more. Rentals are available in single or double kayak. Classes are available to learn how to kayak safely.

Point Reyes Outdoors
11401 Highway 1
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
(415) 663-8192

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Sea Trek Ocean Kayaking Center is located off Highway 101 north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Situated at Schoonmaker Beach in Sausalito, Sea Trek offers rentals and lessons for sea kayaking and stand-up paddleboard (SUP) in the tranquil waters of Sausalito Harbor. Rentals include enclosed or sit-on-top and single or double kayak. Sign up for a class to learn how to kayak safely. Expeditions are also available including day trips to Hearts Desire Beach in Tomales Bay State Park.

Sea Trek Ocean Kayaking Center
85 Liberty Ship Way
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 332-8494

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Stinson Beach Surf & Kayak is located off Highway 1 just north of Stinson Beach. Stinson Beach Surf & Kayak offers rentals of kayaks, surfboards, stand-up paddleboards (SUP), boogie boards, skim boards and more. They have everything you need for a day of fun at Stinson Beach. Kayak rentals include enclosed or sit-on-top, single or double kayaks.

Stinson Beach Surf & Kayak
3605 Highway 1
Stinson Beach, CA 94970
(415) 868-2739

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San Francisco

San Francisco Kayak & Adventures has two locations in Sausalito and San Francisco. They offer ocean kayak tours which start with a lesson and include the Sausalito waterfront or the urban setting of McCovey Cove. Additional tour options include a Full Moon Paddle, Angel Island Crossing, Golden Gate Bridge, Tomales Bay and more. Kayaks include enclosed single or double kayak.

San Francisco Kayak & Adventures
300 Turney Street
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 787-2628
Map

San Francisco Kayak & Adventures
Pier 52
San Francisco, CA 94158
(415) 787-2628
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Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay Kayak Company is located off Highway 1 from Capistrano Road in Pillar Point Harbor. They offer rentals and tours for ocean kayak and stand-up paddleboard (SUP) in the calm, protected waters of Pillar Point Harbor. Rentals include single and double kayak, a wetsuit, life jacket, splash jacket and instruction. Join a class from beginner to advanced level. Tours include everything from a harbor tour to a 9-mile coastal tour past two state beaches and the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve.

Half Moon Bay Kayak Company
2 Johnson Pier
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
(650) 773-6101

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East Bay

San Pablo Reservoir is located off Interstate 80 east of Richmond. The lake is over 4-miles long and a ½-mile wide. San Pablo Lake offers boating, fishing, hiking and picnicking. Amenities include a visitor center, café, bait shop, picnic areas and boat launch ramp. San Pablo Reservoir offers boat rentals for fishing boat, row boat, patio boats, pontoon boats, paddle boat and kayak. Rentals include sit-on-top models in single or double kayak. Fish species include trout and catfish.

San Pablo Reservoir
7301 San Pablo Dam Road
El Sobrante, CA 94803
(510) 223-1661
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Crown Beach is located off Interstate 880 in Alameda. Crown Beach features 2½ miles of sand beach on San Francisco Bay. Activities include boating, fishing, swimming, windsurfing, kiteboarding and picnicking. Crown Beach features a visitor center, bathhouse, boat rentals and restrooms. Boat rentals include kayaks, stand-up paddleboards (SUP), kiteboards and sailboards. Lessons are available for all of there paddle and sail sports. Stand-up paddleboard tours are available.

Crown Beach
Eighth Street and Otis Drive
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 544-3175
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Lake Chabot is located off Interstate 580 east of San Leandro. Lake Chabot is nearly 3-miles long and a ½-mile wide. Activities include boating, fishing, hiking, biking and picnicking. Amenities include a marina, café, bait shop, picnic areas and boat launch ramp. Lake Chabot offers boat rentals for fishing boat, row boat, paddle boats, electric boat, canoe and kayak. Fish species include trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill, sunfish, crappie and catfish.

Lake Chabot Regional Park
17600 Lake Chabot Road
Castro Valley, CA 94546
(888) 327-2757
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Shadow Cliffs is located east of Pleasanton. Shadow Cliffs is a former rock quarry turned small lake. Activities include boating, fishing, swimming and picnicking. Shadow Cliffs features a swim beach, bath house, picnic areas and launch ramp. Boat rentals include fishing boat, paddle boat, kayak and stand-up paddleboard (SUP). Shadow Cliffs supports trout, black bass, bluegill and catfish.

Shadow Cliffs
2500 Stanley Blvd
Pleasanton, CA 94566
(510) 544-3230
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The California Delta is a large tributary located Stockton, Martinez and Sacramento. The California Delta is a network of waterways connecting three major rivers to the San Francisco Bay, Sacramento and Stockton. Activities include boating, houseboating, water-skiing, fishing, swimming, hunting, wildlife viewing and picnicking. The California Delta offers marinas, resorts, restaurants and boat launch ramps. Boat rentals include everything from ski boats and houseboats to canoe and kayak. The California Delta supports striped bass, salmon, bass, catfish, crappie, bluegill, shad and more.

California Delta
Rio Vista, CA 94571
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Lake Del Valle is located off Interstates 580 or 680 south of Livermore. Lake Del Valle is 5-miles long and a ½-mile wide. Activities include boating, fishing, swimming, camping, hiking and picnicking. Lake Del Valle offers a visitor center, marina, two swim beaches, picnic areas and boat launch ramp. Boat rentals include fishing boat, pontoon boats, paddle boats, canoe and kayak. Lake Del Valle supports trout, catfish, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, striped bass, bluegill and redear sunfish.

Del Valle Regional Park
7000 Del Valle Road
Livermore, CA 94550
(888) 327-2757
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