Ayala Cove has the largest public docks and moorings on the bay, and is amongst the most protected (Latitude/Longitude: 37.8642 / -122.4308). Available on a first-come, first-served basis, private boats can use the 19 boat slips or the 27 mooring buoys. Dinghies can be taken to the dock from the moorings to obtain access to the Island.
Please contact the Ranger’s office for additional information: (415) 435-5390.
Tie vessels at the bow and stern. Vessel should be secured with the bow pointing north-east and the stern facing south-west. The mooring system is designed to accomodate up to four boats per buoy. Therefore, a maximum of two boats may “raft” together on one set of buoys (see chart below).
If a Ranger is not available, please pay at the ‘Self Pay’ station near the head of the boat dock. Fees go toward maintaining the Cove.
Kayaking is a popular sport around the island, and the only way to access some of the more isolated shoreline.
There are 11 environmental campsites, including an ADA site, 9 numbered sites (each site accommodating up to 8 people), and a kayak-accessible site (holds up to 20 people). For reservations call Reserve America: (800) 444-7275 or visit ReserveAmerica.com. Campsites not reserved, are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Be prepared to carry and/or transport your equipment up to 2.5 miles. Some sections are uphill, total elevation gain may be over 300 feet. Tables, food-lockers, running water, pit-toilets, and a barbecue are located at each site. Bring charcoal or a stove as no wood fires are allowed. Raccoons are active making food-locker storage very important. Travel on the island after sunset is prohibited in some areas for park security and public safety.
Please contact the Ranger’s office for further information: (415) 435-5390.
East Bay Site 1: located on the east side of the island. Open, with a view, generally protected from the wind.
East Bay Site 2: located on the east side of the island. Close to site 3, sheltered in a pine grove.
East Bay Site 3: located on the east side of the island. View and some shelter, a small site on a slope.
Ridge Site 4: located on the southwest side of the island. Open space with a view of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. Can be windy.
Ridge Site 5: located on the southwest side of the island. Some shelter, partial view of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Ridge Site 6: located on the southwest side of the island. No view, but more wind sheltered, near a public area.
Sunrise Sites 7, 8, and 9 (from left to right): close together, good for groups when all three sites are reserved. Can be windy. Unobstructed views of east bay.
Kayak Site: located below the perimeter road near Camp Reynolds, this site has beach access so that you can kayak to it, but you do not have to.
ADA Site: located close to the perimeter road near Camp Reynolds, this site can only be reserved by campers who qualify under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Those who reserve the site and do not qualify will not be allowed to use it. If the site has not been reserved, it will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to campers. Please phone the Ranger’s office for further information: (415) 435-5390.
Available for groups performing service projects on the island – the Service Campsite can only be reserved through the Angel Island State Park Service Camp Coordinator. The Service Site is very popular, advance reservations are recommended. To be considered for participation, please call (415) 435-5390 or email the Service Camp Coordinator.