Black Point Boat Launch

Launch your craft into the Petaluma River at Blackpoint in Novato.

Rangers Recommend

  • Launch your motor boat, kayak, canoe, or paddle board from the high-freeboard dock or boat ramp.
  • Anglers can catch striped bass, mud shrimp, and sturgeon. If you plan to fish from a boat or the shore, don't forget your fishing license.
  • Upstream, the river leads to wetlands and farmlands. Downstream, the river connects with the San Pablo Bay Wildlife Area.
  • Bring your binoculars. Waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors, and songbirds are on view throughout the year.
  • Dock, path, and restrooms are ADA accessible.
  • Blackpoint is a designated trailhead on the San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail.
  • Fish cleaning station, picnic tables, and boat hose are available.
  • Friendly dogs on leash are welcome.

Activities

boating
Boat
dog on leash
Dogs On Leash
fishing
Fish
kayaking
Kayak Canoe
acessible
Wheelchair Accessible

Amenities

Parking, Picnic Tables, Restroom

Know Before You Go

  • A fishing license is required if you fish from a boat or the shore. No license required to fish from the dock.
  • Check weather and tides before setting out. Winds and currents can be strong.
  • To avoid disturbing sensitive ecosystems, boaters must maintain a 50-foot distance from marshland habitat.
  • Marin County Environmental Health Services (EHS) tests water once a week from April 1 through October 31, for California water quality standards for recreational water contact. For details, visit EHS Water Quality Testing.