Explore the S.S. Point Reyes Shipwreck

Added by Gaby Colletta

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.

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Easy Parking
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Picnic Area
Scenic

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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.

Great Place - Gone

this place is one of my favorite photo spots on the coast. But recently someone decided to try and spin steal wool off of the boat, burning the back and. Because of someone's stupid actions they are going to remove the shipwreck. So if you are planning on adventuring out to the wreck VISIT IT SOON!

Great Landmark Ruined

Sadly, as others have noted, the back portion of the ship has been burned down. Some photographer doing a technique called spinning steel wool lit it on fire one night in February 2016 and it caught on fire. The ship was already in disrepair, but this made it significantly worse. However, The bow of the ship is still in good shape. Still worth visiting, but not as good as it used to be.

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