Marin County Parks and Open Space Department

Chicken Ranch Beach DetailChicken Ranch Beach is north of Inverness, adjacent to Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and nestled along the west shore of Tomales Bay. This three acre natural area serves the small communities of Inverness and neighboring Point Reyes Station, as well as visitors to the west Marin area. Chicken Ranch Beach provides access to Tomales Bay and is a popular kayak spot. The small sandy beach is a serene place to relax and enjoy bucolic west Marin, have a picnic, fly a kite, or stop-over during the long drive to Point Reyes National Seashore. Dogs are allowed on leash.

Water Testing at Chicken Ranch Beach: Marin County Environmental Health Services (EHS) monitors ocean, bay, and freshwater sites in Marin County. Chicken Ranch Beach is one of 28 sites that are sampled once a week from April 1 through October 31 to determine if a beach meets California water quality standards for recreational water contact. The EHS works cooperatively with Marin County Parks to collect water samples and post advisory signage as needed at the sampling sites. Visit the EHS Water Quality Testing Program webpage for more information. Results from weekly sampling are available on the webpage (in the "Beach Water Quality Information" document), on the Heal the Bay website, and by calling the EHS beach hotline at (415) 473-2335.


From Hwy 101 in Larkspur, take the Sir Francis Drake exit 20.4 miles to Olema. Turn right onto Hwy 1 and go 2.0 miles. Turn left on Sir Francis Drake and follow 4.7 miles, parking is on the right.

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