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, and boat hose are available.
  • Friendly dogs on leash are welcome.


dog on leash
Dogs On Leash
Kayak Canoe
Wheelchair Accessible


Parking, Picnic Tables, Restroom

Know Before You Go

  • A fishing license is required if you fish from a boat, the shore, or 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.