Kayak Drakes Estero – Full Day Tour

Kayak Drakes Estero – Full Day Tour

October 30, 2022
Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Drakes Estero and enjoy a full day exploring this marine wilderness by kayak.

Join our partners at Blue Waters Kayaking for a unique aquatic tour of one of our most abundant ecosystems, Drakes Estero. A designated marine wilderness, the estero is an essential wildlife rich habitat where you may view a variety of birds and marine life.

We will meet at the parking lot of the former Drakes Bay Oyster Farm. After organizing gear and reviewing basic kayaking instructions and safety procedures, we’ll launch our kayaks and paddle out along Schooner Bay towards one of the other coves or fingers of Drakes Estero.

The waters and hillsides of Drakes Estero are rich in wildlife. As we glide over the eelgrass beds and kelp forest we’ll keep our eyes and ears open for harbor seals, bat rays, leopard sharks and a variety of land, water and shore birds.

-Class activities will be physically demanding

All guided tours are in tandem closed deck sea kayaks. Our double kayaks track well, are difficult to capsize, and are easy to maneuver. All the necessary gear such as life jackets, paddles, and spray skirts is provided.

Participants must register in pairs.

We’ll go rain or shine.


-We will be meeting at the Drakes Estero Kayak Launch

…You will see a brown sign for “Drakes Estero” on the left side of the road when coming from Point Reyes. It is at the end of the gravel road there off Sir Francis Drake Blvd. 

– Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to check in

– Refunds available for all classes 7 days in advance of the start date, after 7 days and before 2 days, participants can credit their class for a future date. All requests before 48 hours in advance will be declined. For COVID cancellation policy, see below.

– Please follow the parking instructions for the facility used that day

– Please provide an email you check regularly for updates and reminders about your class

– Registration is required online prior to the event in order to maintain class sizes

– Sales end 48 hours before the start date.

– Waitlists are available when the class sells out

What to Bring:

Come prepared for variable weather. Bring clothes that reflect your degree of sensitivity to heat and cold.

Sunscreen & lip balm.

Hat: with sun visor or/and wool and fleece hat for cool weather.

Long-underwear, no cotton.

Quick-dry shorts or baggy nylon pants that can be rolled up.

Shoes you don’t mind getting wet: sandals and wool socks, wetsuit booties, aqua socks or rubber boots in cool weather.

Windbreaker/rain jacket.

Long sleeve: wool, capilene, poly pro, or some other synthetic material, no cotton.

Sweater: pile, fleece or wool pullover.

Change of clothes, including dry shoes.

1 liter (minimum) water bottle.

High-energy snacks and light meal.

About the PRNSA Field Institute:

The PRNSA Field Institute offers hands-on environmental education classes throughout the year that foster enjoyment of Point Reyes National Seashore. Our classes are led by expert instructors, who take you out of your everyday life and into the natural world. We host a variety of classes about the arts and sciences and have something for everyone. You can reach the Field Institute at (415) 663-1200 x304 or by email at fieldinstitute@ptreyes.org.

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COVID-19 Field Institute Guidelines

In accordance with Marin County and CDC guidelines for public health, we will require all participants to respect the following COVID-19 procedures:

• Perform a health self-check before coming to class using the CDC Symptoms of Coronavirus as a guide

• Do not attend class if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, suspect you have been exposed to the virus, or are suffering from any other flu-like or respiratory illness.

• Participants exhibiting signs of respiratory illness may be asked to leave class

During class all participants will be required to do the following

• Masks are optional outdoors for fully vaccinated individuals, but we recommend continuing to maintain a 4’-6’ distance from other participants or wearing a mask if gathered closely together

• Unvaccinated individuals are required to wear a face covering at all times

• Masks are optional indoors for vaccinated participants but strongly recommended

• Bring your own food and water

• We reserve the right to modify requirements as recommended by NPS regulations or local county health orders at the time of class

NOTE: Refund policy exceptions will be made for participants cancelling last minute due to COVID-19 infection or symptoms. Please contact us in this case.

Thank you for your continuing cooperation in following these guidelines to help keep everyone safe.