Accessible by commercial ferries and private boats, Angel Island State Park, the largest Island in San Francisco Bay, is located one mile south of the Tiburon Peninsula. Park Headquarters and the main Visitor’s Center are located in Ayala Cove on the North side, the Islands’ main point of entry.
In Ayala Cove, visitors can obtain a brochure providing a map and brief history of the Park’s sites, a description of the facilities and things to do. Brochures are available at the Rangers’ kiosk, Angel Island Conservancy’s Information Station and the Cove Café (note: the Cove Café is only open weekends in February, March, and early to mid-November and daily April thru October). Large trail guides for bicycling and hiking are located on the railing in front of the Information Station.
An Angel Island information packet is available by mail, including a map of the island, by sending $4 (cash or check) to:
Angel Island Conservancy
Post Office Box 866
Tiburon, CA 94920
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The Waters Edge Hotel boasts superb views and amenities, including a continental breakfast delivered to you every morning and a fireplace in every room.
Map of Available Parking for Downtown Tiburon
Note: Parking lots accept cash only – credit and debit cards are not accepted.
Clothing & Weather
If you are looking at local weather forecasts to determine what to wear, you may discover that nothing quite predicts what you will find on the island. Like the rest of the Bay Area, Angel Island is a study in micro-climates. It can be warm and sunny on the north side and foggy and cold on the south. For that reason, we strongly suggest dressing in layers to be ready for both chilly and warm weather.
General Information & Rules
Please contact the Ranger’s office for information not listed below:
Bicycles can be brought on the ferry, or rented seasonally at the Cove Café located in Ayala Cove. In addition to bicycle rentals, the Café offers Diggler, Segway, and tram tours which can be arranged seasonally (note: the Café is only open weekends in February, March, and early to mid-November and daily April thru October). Visitors can buy lunch at the Café, the outdoor Oyster Bar, and Cantina, or bring their own lunch to eat in the picnic areas. Credit cards are accepted by the Café and Cantina with a $15 minimum purchase; an ATM machine is available in the Café. For information call the Café: (415) 435-3392 or visit angelisland.com.
Picnic tables and charcoal barbecues are available for small groups, a short walk from the ferry dock, on the lawn in front of the Visitor Center in Ayala Cove and locations around the island. For groups of 35 to 200 people there are five picnic areas that can be reserved for a fee for day use only.
There are 11 environmental campsites, including an ADA site, 9 numbered sites (each site accommodating up to 8 people), and a kayak-accessible group site (holds up to 20 people). To reserve a campsite, call Reserve America at (800) 444-7275 or visit ReserveAmerica.com.
The California State Park Annual Day Use Pass can be used to pay day-use dock fees for private boats, however is not accepted by visitors coming via the public ferries.
A few small lockers are available for day-use for $1. They are located near the vending machines next to the bike rental kiosk in Ayala Cove.
Dogs (except service dogs) are not allowed on the island at any time.
For persons with limited mobility, visit the California State Parks site for Accessible Features.
Due to the terrain, roller skates, roller blades, skateboards, scooters, and personal Segways, are prohibited.
Wood fires are prohibited. Bring charcoal for the barbecues, as it is not available for purchase on the island.
Metal detectors, while allowed, are not recommended because digging or disturbing the soil or ground in the park is prohibited.
Special event permits are required for events that:
- Involve the sale of alcoholic beverages
- Require liability insurance
- Charge participants fees beyond regular use fees
- Involve the sales of items or services
- Have special conditions or requirements
- Are for weddings and wedding receptions
- Include docking charter boats
Please contact the Rangers’ office for permit applications (415) 435-5390.