Tomales Bay Ecological Reserve

Tomales Bay Ecological Reserve Layout Blind

On this page, you’ll find area-specific regulations that supplement and/or supersede general use regulations, both of which are a condition for use and incorporated by reference into the entry permit. You’ll also find links to supporting law, websites, directions, hunt maps, and a suggestion box.

Warning shot!!! Remember, federal law also applies (link to our summary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.) and additional rules may be located at the Wildlife Area that you can’t find anywhere else (e.g. check station, information kiosks, permits, reservations, road signs, etc.).

A. General Info

Boat Ramp
Tomales Bay
  • Authorized activities:
  1. Waterfowl hunting: goose & ducks
  2. Sport fishing: allowed; common species includes stripped bass, flatfishes, sculpin, surf perch, walleye, salmon & steelhead
  • CDFW symbols: the Reserve webpage reflects the following activities:

California Department of Fish & Wildlife waterfowl symbol for hunting migratory game birds, waterfowl, ducks, geese, brant, scaup, snipe, coot, and moorhen.California Department of Fish and Wildlife symbol indicating that no rifles or pistols may be used to hunt authorized on a State wildlife area.California Department of Fish and Wildlife symbol indicating that sport fishing is authorized on a State wildlife area.California Department of Fish & Wildlife boat ramp symbol for hunting migratory game birds, waterfowl, ducks, geese, brant, scaup, snipe, coot, and moorhen.


  • City: near Bivalve

  • County: Marin County
  • Tomales Bay Ecological ReserveHabitat: salt marsh and tidal flats consisting of pickleweed, arrow grass, gum plant, salt b
  • ush and salt grass
  • Locations:  see our Google map
  • Phone: (707) 944-5500
  • Region: 3. Bay Delta
  • Size: 483 acres
  • Waterfowl Zone: Balance of State WF Zone
  • Website: Tomales Bay ER

B. Waterfowl Hunting & Fishing

  • Tamales Bay Ecological Reserve waterfowl huntingBoats: ONLY lightweight, hand-carried boats are allowed, and there are two access points
  1. Miller’s Landing: located at Miller’s Landing on Hwy 1, about 12 miles north of Pt. Reyes Station
  2. Bivalve: hand-launched boat access may be found at turnout on Hwy 1 near Bivalve
  • Closed: the land area is closed from March 1 through June 30 except that the southeasterly shoreline along Hwy 1 is open ALL year for fishing access
  • Fishing:
  1. Access—from boats and shore
  2. Areas–the southeasterly shoreline along Hwy 1 is open ALL year for fishing access
  3. Boats—ONLY lightweight, hand-carried boats are allowed
  • Hunting: Waterfowl only [14 CCR § 630(d)(41)]
  • Maps: the red circle is the hand-launch area south of Bivalve

    Hunt Area & Boat Ramp
    Hunt Area & Boat Ramp
  • Swimming: swimming, wading, and diving is allowed
  • Regulations: in accordance with general hunting regulations
  • Restoration project: link to video of 2013 update
  • Weapons: shotguns ONLY–rifles and pistols are NOT allowed

C. State Regulations

Tomales Bay Ecological Reserve, Marin County.

(A) Waterfowl may be taken in accordance with the general waterfowl regulations.

(B) Fishing shall be permitted from boats as well as from shore; only lightweight, hand-carried boats may be launched and operated.

(C) Swimming, wading, and diving shall be allowed within the reserve.

(D) The land area only of the reserve shall be closed to all entry from March 1 through June 30.

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