Kayak Put-In Info for: Robert Crowne State Beach, Alameda
Overview: The water is warm and shallow at Crown Beach. At the west end of the beach is a bathhouse with changing rooms. Swimming is permitted during park hours year round. Note that the water is SHALLOW. We were out there today with a 1 foot tide, and there would have been a 100' portage through sandy mud in order to launch. Keep the tides in mind if you are planning a launch or landing here. Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary at the east end harbors aquatic birds and other salt marsh creatures. Crab Cove at the north end is a marine reserve where all plant and animal life is protected.
Parking: $5 per vehicle when kiosk is attended
Amenities: Crab Cove Visitor Center, located on McKay Avenue within Crown Beach, contains exhibits and aquaria highlighting flora and fauna of San Francisco Bay and other marine areas.
Directions: From 880, take the DAVIS STREET exit. Turn Left on DAVIS ST go several hundred feet, and Turn Right on DOOLITTLE DR - go 3.6 mi Turn Right on BAY FARM ISLAND BRG - go 0.3 mi Continue on OTIS DR - go 2.2 mi Arrive at Park Entrance. You can drive close to the water to put in, but you will have to move your car to the parking lot a few hundred feet away
Cautions: This area is popular with windsurfers. The cove can be a calm spot to paddle, but when the wind is blowing from the SouthWest (Stormy days) waves can get quite large. Good for windsurfers - bad for kayaks. On bad weather days, you may opt for launching near Jack London Square or Estuary Park. Water can get quite shallow, making for a trudge in sandy mud.