King Tides Marin

Community Development Agency

Help photograph the King Tides December 31st - January 2nd!

As we head into the new year, we will be met with VERY high tides. Marin County invites you to get out to the shore and help take King Tides photos. Our objective is to leverage the power of citizen scientists to collect real-time data on inundation, flooding, erosion and other coastal change. This information will help us validate our sea level rise projections, and give us a crystal ball into the future of coastal change in California. More information can be found at www.MarinSLR.org.

youth leader photographs king tide

Youth leaders in San Rafael document King Tides in December 2015

Here's how:

  1. Prepare your Smart Phone: Make sure your iPhone or Android phones have location services (GPS) enabled. This can be done in Settings>Privacy on the iPhone. Or, use a regular camera.
  2. Take a Photo: Go to the highest wet water line, take two steps landward, and take a photo parallel to the shoreline – ideally with some structure or other recognizable context in the background. Remember to take note of the time, date, location, and orientation of your photos to include when you upload.
  3. Share with Us: Submit your picture to the California King Tides Flickr Group and/or publicly post on the Marin County Facebook page and tag with #kingtides and #marinslr. It’s easiest if you use the Flickr App (for iOS or Android) on your phone. Make sure your Flickr photo sharing is set to public. You can also email photos to MarinSLR@marincounty.org

Remember to BE SAFE!

Driving Safely During High Tides. The County of Marin’s Department of Public Works and the Marin County Flood Control and Water Conservation District are teaming with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to urge residents and visitors to stay informed of changing conditions and research how high tides might affect travel plans. Drivers are encouraged to consider using alternative routes, avoid driving through ponded water, and allow extra time for trips, especially during peak times of holiday and commuter travel.

 

Tide Heights and Times

Tide Station Locations
Date
 Time Height (ft)
 Bolinas Lagoon
Sunday, Dec 31
9:11 AM
5.22
 Shoreline Highway @ Bolinas Lagoon;
 Calle del Arroyo
Monday, Jan 1
9:57 AM 5.38
  Tuesday, Jan 2
10:45 AM 5.41
 Point Reyes (Drakes Bay)
Sunday, Dec 31
8:26 AM 7.13
 Drakes Beach
Monday, Jan 1
9:12 AM 7.30
  Tuesday, Jan 2
10:00 AM 7.31
 Inverness and Eastshore
Sunday, Dec 31
9:44 AM 6.56
 Point Reyes Station south of Shoreline Hwy
 @ Drake Blvd; Whitehouse Pool east of
 Bear Valley Road.
Monday, Jan 1
10:31 AM 6.70
  Tuesday, Jan 2
11:20 AM 6.71
 Sausalito and Marin City
Sunday, Dec 31
9:25 AM 6.84
 Aramburu Island; Manzanita Parking Lot;
 Miller Avenue; Camino Alto, Redwood Hwy
 Frontage Road; Marin City west of Hwy 101
Monday, Jan 1
10:12 AM 6.99
  Tuesday, Jan 2
11:01 AM 7.00
 Corte Madera
Sunday, Dec 31
9:51 AM 6.91
 Lucky Drive East at Corte Madera Trailer
 Park; Lucky Drive West @ High Canal
Monday, Jan 1
10:38 AM 7.06
  Tuesday, Jan 2
11:27 AM 7.07
 Point San Pedro
(McNears Beach)

Sunday, Dec 31
10:17 AM 7.05
 China Camp State Park, Spinnaker 
 Point Dr. near Pickleweed Park
Monday, Jan 1
11:04 AM 7.20
  Tuesday, Jan 2
11:53 AM 7.21
 Gallinas Creek Sunday, Dec 31
10:33 AM  7.12
 McInnis Marsh; Santa Venetia at Meadow
 Way; North San Pedro Road
Monday, Jan 1
11:20 AM  7.27
  Tuesday, Jan 2
12:09 AM   7.28
 Petaluma River, Novato
Sunday, Dec 31
10:38 AM 7.40
 Novato Baylands; Bel Marin Keys;
 Rush Ranch Open Space Preserve; Binford
Road between Atherton Avenue and Airport
Road; Harbor Drive in Black Point Area
Monday, Jan 1
11:25 AM 7.56
  Tuesday, Jan 2
12:14 AM 7.57

Photo Locations

Aramburu Island, Strawberry

Location: East Strawberry Drive at Island Drive
Latitude/Longitude: 37°53'27.9"N, 122°30'17.0"W Google Maps
Description: Standing safely off the road near East Strawberry Drive at Island Drive, take photographs facing east to capture Aramburu Island. Alternatively, photo from waterfront property or by watercraft from the water (make sure geolocation is on).

Bel Marin Keys

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 Known issue: does the OCOF model treat the locks as open or closed?

Belvedere Lagoon

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 Known issue: does the OCOF model treat the locks as open or closed?

Binford Road, Novato

Location: Binford Road between Atherton Avenue and Airport Road 
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Bothin Marsh, Mill Valley

Location: Mill Valley - Sausalito Multiuse Path @ OWL viewer site
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Calle del Arroyo, Stinson Beach

Location: Calle del Arroyo, 200 feet west of Shoreline Highway 
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Camino Alto, Mill Valley

Location: Camino Alto at Miller Ave. 
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Harbor Drive, Black Point

Location: Harbor Drive in the Black Point area between Grandview Avenue and the Highway 37 entrance ramp 
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Lucky Drive, Corte Madera

Location: Lucky Drive near Corte Madera RV Park near Highway 101
Latitude/Longitude: 37°56'25.5"N, 122°30'55.8"W Google Maps 
Description: 
Standing safely at the edge of Lucky Drive, take photographs facing east to capture flooded road and neighborhood areas.

Manzanita Parking Lot

Location: Shoreline Highway at Highway 101, including Manzanita lot
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Miller Avenue

Location: Miller Avenue at Richardson Bay
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North San Pedro Road, China Camp State Park

Location: North San Pedro Road, 500 feet east of Park Entrance Road 
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Meadow Way, Santa Venetia

Location: Meadow Way approximately 200 feet north of Vendola Drive
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McInnis Marsh, San Rafael

Location: Binford Road between Atherton Avenue and Airport Road
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Pickleweed Park, San Rafael

Location: Spinnaker Point Drive near Pickleweed Park and Schoen Park
Latitude/Longitude: 37°58'01.9"N+122°29'48.6"W Google Maps 
Description:
 Standing safely off the road near the entrance to Pickleweed Park, take photographs facing north-northeast to capture the marsh and Bay Trail.

Redwood Highway Frontage Road

Location: Redwood Highway Frontage Road (West)
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Shoreline Highway @ Bolinas Lagoon

Location: Shoreline Highway along Bolinas Lagoon at McKinnan Gulch 
Latitude/Longitude: 
37°54'47.4"N, 122°39'49.8"W Google Maps 
Description: 
Standing safely off the road at Shoreline Highway near McKinnan Gulch, take photographs facing northwest to capture the road and lagoon.