Immigration Station and Angel Island Tour Information

Current as of June 2016

PLEASE NOTE - The U.S. Immigration Station is closed MONDAYS & TUESDAYS.

GENERAL INFORMATION - (415) 435-5537

The U.S. Immigration Station is approximately a 1.5 mile walk from the ferry dock at Ayala Cove. Use of Northridge Trail, including the 144 steps to Perimeter Road is the shortest and most direct way to the Immigration Station.


Museum Hours:

  • Open Wednesday through Sunday
  • 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Admission Fees:   

  • Adults (18 & Over)             $5.00
  • Youth (6-17 Years)             $3.00
  • Child (5 & Under)               Free

Subject to change at anytime.

Tour reservations are available for groups of 5 or more.
Tours departure times: 11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., & 1:45 p.m.

The 1:45 p.m. tour option is available on weekends or for school groups with advanced reservations. (Nov 1 - Mar 31)

Admission fee payment can be made at the USIS. CASH or CHECK ONLY

To make a tour reservation, please complete the Tour Reservation form below and email it to the Tour Coordinator at: The Tour Coordinator will contact to confirm or with any questions regarding your tour request.

TOUR RESERVATION FORM Click Here (Excel Format)

Guided Tour Fee & Transportation Information

GENERAL INFORMATION - (415) 435-5537

Tour reservations are available for groups of 5 or more.

Reservations can be made up to six (6) months ahead and no less than three (3) weeks in advance. Groups must be between 5 and 30 people to make a reservation. (School Groups have a maximum of 35 people per tour.)

For reservations, please email

Reserved School Groups:

  • Grades: K-12
  • Tour maximum: 35 people (including chaperones)
  • Cost per person: $3
  • Tour Length: approx. 1 hour

Non-School Groups:

  • Tour maximum: 30 people
  • Cost per person: $7 adults, $5 children (5-11yrs.)
  • Tour Length: approx. 1 hour 20 minutes

Payment for tours are by CASH or CHECK ONLY.

Payable to: California State Parks

Mail to:

Angel Island State Park
ATTN: Tour Coordinator
P.O. Box 318
Tiburon, CA 94920


Ferry Schedules Ferry schedules are subject to change, check the tour times and ferry schedule carefully- contact the ferry company for details.

Angel Island-Tiburon Ferry Company

San Francisco
Blue & Gold Fleet

Oakland and Alameda (SUMMER weekends only)
Blue & Gold Fleet


Getting to the United States Immigration Station (USIS)

The ferry ride is the beginning of your journey to the USIS, once on the island visitors must travel about one mile to the grounds of the USIS.  There are three different options described below.

The shortest route is to walk up the Northridge Trail (trail head at Ayala Cove dock area), the trail starts off with 140 trail stairs, turn left when you reach the paved Perimeter Road and travel approximately one mile along the road to the USIS.  The USIS is on the left side and there are signs to direct you down the hill into the site. 
Approximate walking time: 30-40 minutes

To avoid the stairs walk towards the Visitor Center in Ayala Cove and follow the road up the hill, turning left when the road 'T's, the walk is approximately 1.5 miles.
Approximate walking time: 1 hour

Follow the green "Bike Route" signs from Ayala Cove up to the Perimeter Road, make a sharp left (u-turn) at the top of the bike trail and continue on the Perimeter Road until you reach the USIS.  Visitors should expect to bike 1½ miles to the USIS, bicycles must be secured at the top of the hill into the site.  Due to steep terrain and vehicle traffic, bicycles are not permitted on the USIS grounds. 
Approximate biking time: 20 minutes

Immigration Shuttle
Immigration shuttle service is available for a fee, to and from Ayala Cove (ferry landing) and the USIS.  Designed to get you there in time for scheduled tours and pick you up after the tour is completed. Contact the Angel Island Company at for cost and schedule.  (Don't confuse the shuttle with the tram!  The tram is a one hour tour around the island, the shuttle is a ride to the USIS.)

The Angel Island Company has a limited schedule from November thru February, if you have special accessibility needs getting to the USIS please contact the Angel Island Company at least 1 week in advance.


Camp Reynolds Guided Tour

DESCRIPTION: Did you know California played a role in the Civil War? Visit some of the oldest buildings on Angel Island, and learn about the life of a soldier during the late 1800s! Groups tour a Civil War era Bake House and Victorian home. Optional cannon firing by request!

  • Tour Capacity:    5-40 People
  • Tour Length:       Approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes (including cannon firing)
  • Availability:         Year-round with advance reservations, except Mondays & Tuesdays.

Appropriate for 4th grade and up. Plan for a 30-minute walk one-way (1 mile) to the site from Ayala Cove.

Fort McDowell Guided Tour

DESCRIPTION: Tour the Chapel and Guard House of this WWI, WWII, and Nike Missile army base. Learn about the Island’s unique military history and how soldiers and their families spent their time while stationed on Angel Island.

  • Tour Capacity:   5-40 people
  • Tour Length:     Approx. 1 hour.
  • Availability:       Fridays ONLY with advance reservations.

Appropriate for 4th grade and up. Plan for a 45 minute walk one-way (1.5 miles) to this site from Ayala Cove.

Explorer's Tour

DESCRIPTION: Learn how Angel Island got its name, and about the first Spanish explorers to enter the San Francisco Bay. Each student will get to draw their own map of an island, role-play as historic characters and more!

  • Tour Capacity:   5-40 people
  • Tour Length:      Approx. 45 minutes.
  • Availability:        Fridays ONLY with advance reservations.

Appropriate for K-4th graders. This tour is offered in Ayala Cove.

Civil War Living History School Program (ELP)

DESCRIPTION: The Overnight Living History Program (also known as the Environmental Living Program or ELP) gives students a chance to role-play the life of Union artillery soldiers stationed at Camp Reynolds on Angel Island during the Civil War. Through hands-on experience, students learn what life was like for 24-hours in a typical soldier’s day, including activities such as baking bread and finishing with a cannon firing before they depart. (A mandatory Teacher Training Weekend is held in September)

  • Program Capacity:      20-44 People (No more than 11 adults)
  • Program Length:        24 hours
  • Program Availability:   September to mid-June.

Appropriate for 4th, 5th, and 8th grade levels.

Additional Information:

Plan for a 30-minute walk one-way (1 mile) to the site from Ayala Cove. Applications go out in early spring for the following school year. For more information about this program, contact the program coordinator at: