Virtual Guidebook to Marin and the North Bay Counties
Drakes Estero
Point Reyes National Seashore California


Drakes Estero is the shallow four-armed expanse of water behind the barrier beach at Drakes Bay. These are drowned stream valleys, separated by rolling pasturelands, flushed twice daily by the tides, teeming with aquatic life. A few trails run out to its shore, but they aren't really necessary, you can walk anywhere in the open grassland.

One arm has traditionally been used for commercial oyster farming, but is scheduled to be restored to a natural condition.



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Bull Point, between Creamery Bay and Schooner Bay

(June 5, 2004)


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A pocket beach at the tip of Bull Point, Drakes Estero

(June 5, 2004)


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