Richardson Bay to Angel Island

Sausalito, California 94965

Richardson Bay to Angel Island

Richardson Bay to Angel Island Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Richardson Bay offers aspiring intermediates a great introduction to open-bay paddling with all the rewards and challenges of the greater bay—scenery, tidal currents, exposure, boat traffic, fog, and wind—in a more protected setting.

Less-experienced kayakers can stay near shore or confine their exploration to the back of the bay, while more-
experienced paddlers can venture out toward “the Gate” (the Golden Gate Bridge, the waters, and the general vicinity beneath the bridge) or cross Raccoon Strait to Angel Island for a day trip or overnight camping. On the island, climb to the summit of Mount Livermore for excellent views of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge or visit the museum at the old immigration station, the colonial garrisons, and the Ayala Cove coffee shop."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2-15 miles
Several options
Trail Type
Easy to Difficult
Skill Level
Complex tidal flows make San Francisco Bay the place to learn about paddling in currents. Cross Raccoon Strait during slack tide to avoid tide rips (or at maximum if you like to play rough).
Tidal Information
Boat traffic, strong currents, and challenging tide rips—especially in Raccoon Strait and off Yellow Bluff during ebb tide—strong afternoon winds and heavy fog.
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