Kayak Drakes Estero: Full Day Tour

Kayak Drakes Estero: Full Day Tour

January 22, 2022
Enjoy kayaking in wildlife-rich Drakes Estero as you explore the essential habitats of this designated Marine Wilderness.

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, Drakes Estero is off limits to kayaks during seal pupping season. Take advantage of excellent tides on this day when the Estero is open to kayakers and enjoy this essential wildlife rich habitat.

Traveling in tandem kayaks, we will explore the bountiful estero with Blue Waters’ trained naturalists and experienced professional guides. We meet at the kayak launch parking lot of Drake’s Estero. (The location where Drake’s Bay Oyster Company was) 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. 

-Class activities will be physically demanding


-We will be meeting at the Drakes Estero Kayak Launch

– 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:

Fleece, wool, or poly clothing is recommended to stay warm on the water

Day Pack

Lunch Bag

Warm Variable Weather Clothing and sun protection

Shoes that can get wet

Water Bottle

Eventbrite Confirmation Email

Binoculars (Optional)

Camera (Optional)

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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For any questions, please email us at fieldinstitute@ptreyes.org.

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

• We recommend that all participants continue to wear masks at this time, however, in accordance with CDC guidelines, exceptions can be made for fully vaccinated individuals

• Fully vaccinated individuals may remove masks for outdoor classes, but we recommend continuing to maintain a 4’-6’ distance from other participants

• Unvaccinated individuals are required to wear a face covering unless farther than 6’ from other participants in an outdoor class

• At this time masks are required for all participants indoors regardless of vaccination status

• 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.