Buck's Landing

Providing bay access and protecting wetland habitat on the edge of Gallinas Creek.

UPDATED AUGUST 25, 2021

Improvements

Since acquiring Buck’s Landing in 2020, Marin County Parks has made minor improvements to ready the property for public access. The park currently offers basic amenities, such as parking, a picnic table, port-a-potty restroom, and a boat ramp offering access to Gallinas Creek and San Pablo Bay. Access to the boat ramp from Buck’s Landing is by foot only. Please note that the wooden dock adjacent to the boat ramp is off limits due to safety concerns.

In the future, Marin County Parks will engage with Marin residents in a community conversation to guide the future of Buck’s Landing, considering use by fellow waterfront neighbors, adaptability to sea level rise, protecting and restoring wetland habitat, and safe recreational use.

Overview

In May 2020, Marin County Parks acquired Buck’s Landing for $1.6 million, adding 33 acres to public lands along San Pablo Bay. Approximately $1.1 million was provided by Measure A Funds for acquisition, with the remaining $500,000 provided through a grant from the California State Coastal Conservancy. Buck’s Landing was one of ten targeted conservation areas identified in Marin County Parks 2008 Strategic Plan. After nearly a decade of hard work and advocacy by members of the Santa Venetia community, this property has become available for all to use.

Buck’s Landing is located at the mouth of Gallinas Creek, which empties into San Pablo Bay. Approximately one quarter of the site consists of historic and existing saltmarsh, tidal flats, and salt pans. This tidal marsh and wetland provide habitat for the endangered salt marsh harvest mouse and the California Ridgway’s rail. The remaining portion of the property is upland habitat consisting of bay-oak woodland.

Buck’s Landing is adjacent to 14.8-acre Heron Hill, which became part of San Pedro Mountain Preserve after its acquisition in 2014.