Explore the S.S. Point Reyes Shipwreck

Point Reyes Shipwreck

Explore the shipwreck of a 380-foot cargo steamship that grazed the land of Inverness over 100 years ago

Explore the shipwreck of the S.S. Point Reyes, perched on a sand bar off the shoreline of Tomales Bay. It is located in the small town of Inverness, just behind the grocery store. If you are driving North on Sir Francis Drake Blvd it will be on your right side. Parking is easy and you will see a small picnic area just footsteps away from the abandoned boat.

This is a great little detour if you are exploring Point Reyes for the day. Plan for a 10 minute pull-over. Great spot for photo buffs - beautiful rusting colors, with the backdrop of low-tide wetlands. You can hop inside the boat, too, where you'll find some interesting graffiti.

Recommend shooting around sunset - the golden hour light makes reflections quite lovely.

Nearby attractions: A beautiful tunnel of Cyprus Trees 10 minutes away. The Pt Reyes Shoreline and Lighthouse.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Boots or shoes you don't mind getting a bit mucky
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Activities Photography
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Features
Easy Parking
Food Nearby
Picnic Area
Scenic

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Minor correction

Looks interesting! I'd point out, however, that under "Nearby attractions: A beautiful tunnel of Cyprus Trees 10 minutes away," they're really Cypress Trees. They're native to Monterey, California, not the island in the Mediterranean.

Make the trip

Such a cool piece of history to check out in Point Reyes. One of the first "Iconic" landmarks I ever saw. Just a great little adventure to do.

Iconic

I decided to drive up to the Point Reyes Shipwreck to see it before it was removed. It was such an iconic and unique part of the landscape and it was disheartening to see it partially burned up. Glad I made the trip out here! The small town of Inverness is a great little stop on the way to Cypress Tree Tunnel as well.


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