Chicken Ranch Beach is part of the western shore of Tomales Bay, near Inverness in California. There is only roadside parking available for vehicles. Attention is needed to find the entrance as it is not signposted from the highway. This beach is a narrow stretch of open sand backed by small, grass-covered dunes. Pathways of dirt and pebbles lead down to the beach from the highway through some low shrubbery and trees.
It is a tidal area and there are water inlets running through the dunes which fill at high tide. The beach can be quite muddy when the tide is out. There are also a lot of small rocks along the shoreline when the water level has receded which can make walking uncomfortable for owners. The beach is not soft sand but is comprised of sand mixed with broken shells. Pet owners should be aware the shells in the sand can cause damage to their pet's soft paw pads.
Dogs are permitted on Chicken Ranch Beach but must be on-leash at all times. There is no designated off-leash area. Local authorities require pet leashes to be no longer than six feet in length. The beach is not patrolled by wardens. There are no fresh water supplies at the Chicken Ranch Beach so owners need to take their own supply of bottled water and a drinking bowl for their pet. Owners must also provide their own supply of poop bags and are obliged to clean up after their dog so the beach remains a clean and healthy place for all users.
Chicken Ranch Beach is a popular spot for kayaking as there are very few bathers. There are some restroom facilities, in the form of a porta potty which is roadside near the entrance to the main pathway running down to the beach, but no other amenities for dogs or their owners.