My World #13: Point Pinole Regional Shoreline

12 Jan


About The Park

The journey is as scenic as the destination at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline, a 2,315-acre parkland right next to densely populated Pinole, Richmond, and San Pablo. Trails lead through breezy meadows with wildflowers in season, through aromatic eucalyptus woods, or along bluffs and beaches on San Pablo Bay.

There are beautiful views of Mt. Tamalpais, the Marin shoreline, and San Pablo Bay with its sailboat and shipping traffic.


Park Activities

Visitors can birdwatch, hike, ride their bicycles or horses, or take the park’s shuttle bus for a mile and a half to reach Point Pinole’s 1,250-foot fishing pier. There is a small fee to ride on the shuttle bus (see Shuttle Ride Fee under Park Info).

Although a State fishing license is required to fish along the 5.5-mile shoreline, none is needed to fish from the pier. Sturgeon is the big quarry there; striped bass, bay rays, leopard sharks, perch, kingfish, and flounders are among the other catches of the day.



Park Features

Point Pinole Regional Shoreline features over 100 species of bird due to a myriad of habitats within its 2,315 acres. Bird life can be found on sandy shores, marshland, eucalyptus groves, meadows, and in a fresh water pond while meandering along the park’s twelve miles of trails.

The eucalyptus woodlands, originally planted as a buffer against potential explosions, now shelter wildlife instead, such as deer, hawks, owls, Monarch butterfies, and many other species. Shorebirds wade at the beaches, and the salt marshes are home to song sparrows and harvest mice.



Point Pinole opened to the public in 1973 after a long process of acquiring the property from Bethlehem Steel. Bethlehem had acquired the land in the early 1960s from Atlas Powder Co., one of several firms that had manufactured gunpowder and dynamite there for almost 100 years

(All text are from the website.)

While I may have copied what the website has to say to fully describe what the park is about, my love and enjoyment of the park is beyond words.  No matter what the season, it’s such a pleasure to walk the length and width of it.  We bike here too and my husband and I never go there without a camera in hand.

For years of visiting it I have not seen it the same way.  There is always something new, something different.  And in the future I hope to show you some more photos I would surely take of the park in future visits.

Wanna learn more about other people’s world?  Go visit the site and enjoy.


Posted by on January 12, 2009 in My World


38 responses to “My World #13: Point Pinole Regional Shoreline

  1. seniorhiker

    January 12, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Thanks for the pictures and information about Point Pinole Shoreline. It looks like a wonderful place to visit and I’ve added it to my ‘to see’ list.

  2. bw

    January 12, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    looks like a great nature park ! 🙂

  3. imac

    January 12, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Great scenes and photos.

  4. Your EG Tour Guide

    January 12, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    It looks a great place to spend time hiking and taking photos. I’d love a chance to photograph all those birds!

  5. janie of Utah

    January 12, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Your photos really show off the area. You make me want to visit.

  6. auringonkukka finland :)

    January 12, 2009 at 8:31 pm


  7. Geogypsy

    January 12, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Great tour, love the photos. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Luiz Santilli Jr.

    January 12, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Wonderful landscape!

    Fantastic takes!


  9. Fishing Guy

    January 12, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Ewok: Looks like a neat place to visit, I enjoyed your photos.

  10. Readerwil

    January 12, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    This is indeed one of the places one would gladly return to. Thank you for taking us on a tour in this place.

  11. Mojo

    January 12, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    I had no idea that Bethlehem Steel reached that far from home. That’s quite a reclamation project it looks like!

  12. Antigoni

    January 12, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Excellent post and photos.

  13. babooshka

    January 12, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    It is peaceful scenic and idyllic. That little bird so tiny was really cute.

  14. susieofarabia

    January 12, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    What a pretty peaceful-looking place!

  15. Carver

    January 12, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    That’s a fabulous park. I love the way you can see the mountains from the shore. Very interesting post.

  16. mountain.mama

    January 13, 2009 at 12:58 am

    What a great park to be able to go visit. The wonderful thing about nature is that it’s different every day. Never boring!

  17. Napaboaniya

    January 13, 2009 at 1:01 am

    Browsing through your pictures of the park, it’s no wonder why you find it a pleasure to be there 🙂
    The place looks serene and beautiful 🙂

  18. Ruth

    January 13, 2009 at 1:02 am

    Looks like the kind of place I would like to visit. Lovely pictures.

  19. Alicesg

    January 13, 2009 at 1:10 am

    Looked like a very quiet and beautiful park. Lovely photos. Sorry for not visiting lately, been too busy spring cleaning and trying to shop for new clothes and new shoes for Chinese New Year. Have a nice week ahead.

  20. robert v sobczak

    January 13, 2009 at 1:36 am

    It’s true about the neighborhood or nearby park: you never know what you might see different, that’s what keeps you going back.

  21. Guy D

    January 13, 2009 at 1:38 am

    What a beautiful park, thanks for the tour. Your first pic is outstanding I must say.

    Regina In Pictures</a

  22. Larry D

    January 13, 2009 at 1:42 am

    Great photos and interesting post!

  23. Tabib

    January 13, 2009 at 1:52 am

    Beautiful park with variety of pictures. Lovely!

  24. SandyCarlson

    January 13, 2009 at 2:40 am

    That looks like an extraordinary place. So very beautiful.

  25. wren

    January 13, 2009 at 2:56 am

    It’s a lovely place. Thank you for sharing with us.

  26. Arija

    January 13, 2009 at 3:31 am

    Wonderful captures of a magnificent facility. Great post.

  27. Sandra

    January 13, 2009 at 6:30 am

    Great post and really interesting tour. Thank you for your visit and for showing yet another place in the World.

  28. Glennis

    January 13, 2009 at 8:39 am

    Nice park to visit, very scenic with lots of bird life too

  29. angela

    January 13, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    A real WOW. both for your photos and the nature reserve. It looks like an amazing place to explore especially with the camera..

  30. maryt/theteach

    January 13, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Point Pinole shoreline is beautiful and can be taken advantage year around I assume since you’re in California, fishing guy! We have a shoreline on the Atlantic Ocean that has been open to tourists and lovely but in winter it’s COLD! 🙂

  31. maryt/theteach

    January 13, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    ewok, I apologize profusely for calling you fishing guy! I think what happened is you talked about fishing and getting a license and fishing from the pier and I got confused! 🙂 SOOOOOOO sorry!

  32. Mamapippa

    January 13, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Since I have my Foto blog, I’m discovering so many new places.
    Nice !

  33. Lilli

    January 13, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Some beautiful photos of your area. I really like that photo of the bird in the tree.

  34. Skies

    January 14, 2009 at 1:20 am

    Wow, this is just great. Scenes that I’ll never see here in our place. what a different world we have. Thanks for visiting my page again.

  35. Lily

    January 14, 2009 at 4:06 am

    You love in a beautiful area! Your photos are lovely too.

  36. Larry Jordan

    January 14, 2009 at 8:06 am

    Hi Ewok, thanks for the Point Pinole tour! I lived for several years in the bay area and never visited there. If and when I make it down that way I will definitely spend a day there, at least to see all the birds!

  37. Jennifer

    January 14, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Beautiful photos, I like the hummingbird and the first shot in particular

  38. thismechanican

    January 15, 2009 at 11:50 am

    Looks like a pretty place. Are the eucalypts native to California? I always thought that they were only native to Australia. The things you learn through MyWorld and SkyWatch!!
    Thanks for sharing


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