Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary

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Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary


(415) 561-6622

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Just north and west of San Francisco Bay a large expanse of Pacific Ocean along with nearshore tidal flats, rocky intertidal areas, wetlands, subtidal reefs, and coastal beaches were designated in 1981 as Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. This 1,255 square mile area (948 square nautical miles) is larger than the state of Rhode Island. The Farallon Islands, 30 miles (26 nautical miles) west of the Golden Gate Bridge in the south central part of the sanctuary, are a national wildlife refuge, offering resting and breeding sites for marine mammals and seabirds, lured by nutrient-rich waters. Encompassing a diversity of highly productive marine habitats, the sanctuary supports an abundance of life, including many threatened or endangered species. The sanctuary has thousands of seals and sea lions, and is home to the largest concentration of breeding seabirds in the continental U.S. Visitors to Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary can enjoy activities such as boating, swimming, kayaking, fishing, birdwatching, tidepooling and surfing.

Map of Gulf of the Farallones Nat'l Marine Sanctuary

Latitude, Longitude: 37.997245, -123.004303



  • Boating

    Recreational boating is an acitivity often enjoyed, including kayaking and canoeing.

  • Camping

    Contact the park for information and camping availability.

  • Fishing

    Recreational fishing has a presence near Pillar Point Harbor.

  • Water Sports

    Surfing and swimming are exciting opportunities here in the ocean.

Park Partners

Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association

The Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association (FMSA) is the only non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary's wildlife and habitats through the development of a diverse community of informed and active ocean stewards. They collaborate closely with the Sanctuary staff and coordinate and sponsor programming and initiatives that ensure the Sanctuary is protected. From education to research and volunteer programming, they work to build a concerned and aware public network to promote this goal.

(415) 561-6625



Their headquarters are located on West Crissy Field in the Presidio of San Francisco, California.

Public Transportation

Muni bus #29 travels nearby the West end of Crissy Field. Stillwell Hall is the closest stop (Mason at Crissy Field Avenue). Call for details (415) 673-MUNI. You can also take the Presidio Shuttle.

Phone Numbers


(415) 561-6622