Kayaking in Sausalito

Kayaking in Sausalito and Kayak Rentals

Kayaks and kayak outings are a popular activity in Sausalito.  You can participate in group trips from Sausalito with a variety of durations, destinations and difficulty lessons. Kayaking lessons are also available for kids and adults.

The Sausalito shoreline, the Sausalito houseboats area and Angel Island (a more challenging, longer trip through rougher water) are the three most popular routes for kayakers.

Venturing farther into the main channels of San Francisco Bay requires extensive experience and physical conditioning due to strong currents and huge cargo ships, not to mention the sudden appearance of dense fog over the Bay.

Standup Paddling and Paddleboards (SUP) are also available.

Companies and orgamizations offering this service include:

Open Water Rowing Center — They offer skulls etc. rather than kayaks

SF Kayak and Adventure

Sea Trek of Sausalito – Located adjacent to the Bay Model.


Sausalito Kayak Put-in Spots

Horseshoe Cove  in Fort Baker.  Recommended only for more advanced kayakers only due to currents and rough seas just outside the cove.  It’s easy to get in trouble here if you merely paddle straight out of the harbor and are preoccupied with looking up at the Golden Gate Bridge, especially when the tide is flowing out.  One moment you’re admiring the view from the Bay and the next moment you’re on the Pacific Ocean side of the Golden Gate without even dipping your paddle!

Turney Street Boat Ramp  (Evaluation here)

Dunphy Park  (Evaluation here)

Schoonmaker Beach  (Evaluation here)


The video below is not technically a kayak, but will give you a feel for what you’ll see off the shores of Sausalito.  Getting surprised by a sea lion like this, however, is unusual.