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Tomales Bay
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Tomales Bay
Description - Sir Francis Drake was the first explorer to land in this area in 1579, followed by the Spanish in 1595. Russian and German scientists explored the area in the early 1800s. In the 1940s real estate developers began to purchase large areas of beachfront land, prompting local residents and conservation groups to save this area as a park. In 1952, Tomales Bay State Park was formally dedicated and opened to the public

Attractions - The Coast Miwok people were the first to inhabit this coastal area of sheltered coves, beaches, tidal marshes, and forest of Bishop pines now known as Tomales Bay State Park. When the Miwok people lived in the area, they made their living by hunting, gathering and fishing.

Within the park, a self-guided nature trail features interpretive information about Native American use of native plants.

Recreation - Hiking, biking and camping are the popular activities found at Tomales Bay State Park. The 10 camping sites are a mile from the main trailhead and feature cold showers.

Climate - Climate in the San Francisco-Bay area varies greatly with elevation and the amount of coastal influence. Areas with more coastal influence experience moderate temperatures year round with fog likely from June through mid-August. Plan your coastal visit in the late summer or fall to ensure the best conditions for viewing the scenery. Also, occasional clear days between winter and spring storms are incomparable. Areas further inland experience greater temperature extremes, with relatively cooler winters and hot summers. Inland areas often receive frost on winter nights. As throughout most of California most of the precipitation comes in the winter months, with April through October normally very dry.

Location - Tomales Bay State Park is located 40 miles north of San Francisco. It is adjacent to Point Reyes National Seashore. The park is eight miles from Highway One on the west side of Tomales Bay, and four miles north of Inverness on Pierce Point Road.

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Marin District Headquaters, 7665 Redwood Blvd, Suite 150 , Novato, CA, 94945, Phone: 415-893-1580, Fax: 415-893-1583

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