Kayak Put-In Info for: Crissy Field, San Francisco
Overview: A prime location to launch in the heart of San Francisco. From here you can head out north to Alcatraz and Angel Island, west to the Golden Gate or east along the city to Pac Bell Park and beyond.
Parking: There's lots of free parking here but it does tend to get crowded on nice weekends with beach goers and wind surfers. Portage is about 50 feet. There's sand right down to the water's edge.
Facilities: There are (generally) clean bathrooms and a cold water shower too.
Amenities: There are no eateries within walking distance but on Chestnut Street in the Marina, there are loads of choices for eating and drinking.
Directions: Crissy Field lies along the north edge of the Presidio in San Francisco, with spectacular views of the Golden Gate bridge and Angel Island. The easiest way to get to there is from Marina Blvd. Driving west, just before the entrance to the 101 Freeway, bear to the right onto Mason Street which takes you into the Presidio. After a couple of hundred yards, turn right and head towards the water. Crissy Field is a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area under the National Park Service.
Cautions: Watch out for small children and dogs when landing on the beach. Owing to its proximity to the Golden Gate bridge, there's usually a pretty strong current just offshore. If you're heading east from here, be alert out for sailboats and motor boats heading in and out of the St. Francis Yacht Club and marina. If crossing towards Marin, Alcatraz, or Angel Island, you will be crossing a shipping channel, so watch out for large ships (and be aware that they go faster than they look)!
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