Angel Island State Park

Quick Facts

Angel Island State Park

California

(415) 435-5390

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Things To Do

Overview

In the middle of San Francisco Bay sits Angel Island State Park, offering spectacular views of the San Francisco skyline, the Marin Headlands and Mount Tamalpais.

The island is also alive with history. Three thousand years ago the island was a fishing and hunting site for Coastal Miwok Indians. It was later a haven for Spanish explorer Juan Manuel de Ayala, a cattle ranch, and a U.S. Army post.

From 1910 to 1940, the island processed hundreds of thousands of immigrants, the majority from China. During World War II, Japanese, and German POWs were held on the island, which was also used as a jumping-off point for American soldiers returning from the Pacific. In the '50s and '60s, the island was home to a Nike missile base.

Today, there are two active Coast Guard stations - at Point Blunt and Point Stuart - on the island (these area are off limits). Angel Island became a State Park in 1954.

Map of Angel Island (CA)

Latitude, Longitude: 37.862340, -122.432523

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boat slips are available first-come, first-served from 8 a.m. until sunset. Overnight mooring buoys are available first-come, first-served. A fee is charged for both day use and overnight mooring, with a seven-night limit. Boaters must tie fore and aft due to swift currents.

  • Bird Watching

    Birds include scrub jays, hummingbirds, flickers, hawks and owls. Near the coves, visitors may find egrets, grebes, blue herons and brown pelicans.

  • Bicycling

    Bicycles can be used on the island-circling system of main roads, and can be brought to the island on the ferryboats.

    Bike rentals are available seasonally (contact the park for schedules).

  • Camping

    Environmental campsites and hiking/biking campsites are available.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is available in the park.

  • Hiking

    Visitors can hike the foot trails and fire roads that circle the island and climb to the 788-foot high summit of Mount Caroline Livermore. Special caution should be used around the historic buildings, and in the vicinity of the bluffs, which tend to erode easily, and provide unreliable footing. The main trails are well marked, and are designed to avoid most hazards, including the poison oak that is native to the region.

  • Historic Sites

    The trams run regularly scheduled one-hour tours with an audio program including information on the history of the island.

    The Angel Island Company operates Segway tours the on the island. NOTE: Personal Segways are NOT PERMITTED on the island, unless it is being used as an assistance device for a disabled person. Segway rentals are available for guided tours only.

    State Park Volunteers provide programs at the islands historic sites on most Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from May through October. The volunteers also conduct special tours for schools, clubs and other groups. For tour schedules and reservations, call the park.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic areas are available throughout the park.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Deer and raccoons, both excellent swimmers, are the only large land mammals on the island. Harbor seals and California sea lions often sun on the rocks.

Park Partners

Angel Island Company

The Angel Island Company (a park concessionaire) operates Segway tours the on the island. Tour prices are $65.00 person and limited to people 16 years or older. The Café also hosts a barbequed oyster bar and outdoor cantina at the Cove Café, a new and tasty treat to the visitors of Angel Island.

(415) 435-3544

Directions

Driving

Access to the Island is by private boat or public ferry from San Francisco, Tiburon and seasonal service from Oakland and Alameda. There is limited weekday ferry service to Angel Island during the winter. (check with ferry provider)

Boating: Private boats can use the boat slips or mooring buoys at Ayala Cove; day and overnight fees are collected. Mooring buoys can be used overnight. Paid overnight boaters may use the island with their dingy only until 10:00 PM.

Dock area and finger piers are closed at sunset. After sunset private boats must anchor offshore or on mooring buoys in Ayala Cove.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(415) 435-5390

Campground reservations

(800) 444-7275

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