Anchoring in the Bay

Information about Anchoring in Richardson’s Bay

Welcome to Richardson’s Bay! The goal of the Richardson’s Bay Regional Agency is to maintain a healthy, safe, and well-managed anchorage. With that in mind, we would like to share some information with you about Richardson’s Bay, its basic rules, and its surroundings.

You are welcome to stay for up to 72 hours. If you need additional time (such as for provisioning, minor repairs, etc.) please complete the RBRA Anchoring Permit Application and send to, or contact him by phone at (415) 971-3919. Stays beyond 72 hours are prohibited without the issuance of an anchoring permit pursuant to Sections 3.04.010(a) and (b) of the RBRA Code, and consistent with Resolution No. 03-19 of the RBRA Board of Directors.

Vessels must be located outside of all small boat channels and outside the Richardson Bay Audubon Sanctuary. Please be aware that depths in the bay get progressively shallower beyond Daymarker #4, averaging 4 feet or less at mean lower low water (MLLW).

The bay floor is composed of loose mud, therefore it is recommended that a Danforth-type anchor is used for anchoring (plow anchors do not hold well in Richardson’s Bay). The bay is subject to dynamic diurnal tidal cuycle; please deploy adequate scope (such as 5 to 7 feet of run for each foot of depth) to accommodate for a 6-foot tidal swing.

In the summer, afternoon winds regularly clock in at 20-30 knots from the west (wind effects are amplified due to the varied topograpny of the Sausalito hillside). During winiter months, gale force winds are observed from both north and south during storms. Please anchor accordingly.

Photo of Boats on the Bay

Richardson’s Bay is designated a “No Discharge Zone” and dumping of trash or sewer is strictly prohibited. Many of the local marinas are equipped with pump-out stations, and there are mobile pump-out services available.

Shoreline access is available at the Turney Street dock. A wide array of marine services are available in Sausalito,  including full-service boat yards, rigging services, inboard and outboard engine mechanics, and chandleries. Clipper Fuel Dock sells bothdiesel and gasoline, and they refill propane and CNG tanks. 


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