Tomales Bay State Park, Inverness

#4 of 6 in Wildlife in Point Reyes National Seashore
Tomales Bay State Park is a California state park in Marin County, California. It consists of approximately 2,000 acres (8 km²) divided between two areas, one on the west side of Tomales Bay and the other on the east side. The main area, on the west, is part of the Point Reyes peninsula, and adjacent to Point Reyes National Seashore, which is operated by the U.S. National Park Service. The park is approximately 40 miles (64 km) north of San Francisco.HistoryThe area was the habitat of the Coast Miwok people for several thousand years before the arrival of Europeans. British explorer Sir Francis Drake landed in the area in 1579. About 25 years later, Spanish explorer Sebastián Vizcaíno landed in the area and named it "La Punta de Los Tres Reyes" ("Point of the Three Kings"), a reference to the Feast of the Three Kings. The name was later anglicized to Point Reyes.Most of Point Reyes remained undeveloped because of its remote location; the main part of the peninsula hosts a number of agricultural uses, particularly dairy operations. Some of the beach areas on Tomales Bay began to be purchased by private parties, and in order to secure public access to the Bay, conservation groups and the state of California also purchased property, and the state park was opened on November 8, 1952. When most of the rest of Point Reyes was incorporated into Point Reyes National Seashore, Tomales Bay State Park remained in the state park system.
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  • Fantastic experience kayaking on a moonless night to check out the spectacular bioluminescence that abounds in Tomales Bay. We lucked out with a fog-free night, and once the wind died down we spent th...  more »
  • Kayaking on Tomales Bay in Point Reyes was an awesome experience; particularly to watch Bioluminescence in dark night. These unique lightening bursts are produced when, water in the bay is disturbed; ...  more »
  • A beautiful bay with lots of outdoor activity possibilities!...camping, hiking, kayaking, boating, paddleboarding, swimming and fishing. Not to mention..... The place to get fresh oysters served daily at the surrounding restaurants
  • A small, often overlooked park at the edge of Point Reyes National Seashore. Most come for the Hearts Desire Beach, but make the trek on the Jepson Trail loop - well worth the time. Plus, it brings you to the less crowded Pebble Beach if you want to get away.

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