Contact Number

  • (415) 435-5390

Park Accessibility Information

Park Hours

  • Sunrise to Sunset

Park Activities

No
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Fishing
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
Swimming
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Windsurfing/Surfing
Museums
Bike Trails
Hiking Trails

Park Facilities

Environmental Campsites
Family Campsites
Group Campsites
Primitive Camping
Food Service
Camp Store
Restrooms
Boating
Boat Ramps

Park Directions

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Access to the Island is by private boat or public ferry from San Francisco or Tiburon. Weekday ferry service to the island during the winter is provided by the Golden Gate Ferry from San Francisco. The Angel Island Tiburon Ferry provides ferry service to the island from Tiburon during the weekdays in the winter on a charter only basis.

Tri-County Partnership to Create a Cleaner Coast

MARIN, SONOMA AND MENDOCINO COUNTY PARTNER TO CREATE A CLEANER COAST Teaching Leave No Trace Practices to Growing Visitor Audiences in Coastal Communities. Learn more by reading the Tri-County Partnership Press Release (6/15/2022).

Key Features and Services on Angel Island

Points of Interest

Map of Angel Island State Park

Recreation

  • Visitor Center
  • Individual and Group Picnic Areas
  • Campsites
  • Day use boat docks
  • Overnight mooring buoys in Ayala Cove. Pay before tying up.
  • Additional visitor services. Please check the schedule and make the necessary reservations before planning your trip:

Historic Sites
Please scroll down to "Information and Programs at Historic Sites" for more information. 

  • Immigration Station - Grounds
    • Open 7 days a week, sunrise to sundown
  • Immigration Station - Detention Barracks Museum: Open for self-guided visits and reserved group tours; drop-in tours may be available
    • Wednesday-Friday 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
    • Saturday-Sunday 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
    • Monday-Tuesday CLOSED
    • For group reservations, click here under "Field Trips"
  • Immigration Station – Angel Island Immigration Museum: Open for self-guided visits
    • Wednesday-Friday 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
    • Saturday-Sunday 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Camp Reynolds (West Garrison) - Grounds
    • Open 7 days a week, sunrise to sundown
  • Fort McDowell (East Garrison) - Grounds
    • Open 7 days a week, sunrise to sundown

Pricing

Public Ferry Tickets

Operated by SF Golden Gate Ferry https://www.goldengate.org/ferry/ &
Angel Island Tiburon Ferry https://angelislandferry.com/

Shuttles, Tram Tours, and Rental Bikes

Operated by the Angel Island Company/Caféhttps://www.angelisland.com/

Campsites and Picnic Site Reservations

Reserved through ReserveCAhttps://reservecalifornia.com/

Private Boat Use

Dock Slips
Payment of slip covers the park entrance fee for the first 8 people on the vessel. 

Slip (Day Use): $15
Senior Slip (62+): $14
Disabled Discount Pass Slip: $7.50

Mooring

Mooring: $30 per night
Senior Mooring (62+): $28 per night
Disabled Discount Mooring: $15 per night

All "2nd Mooring" prices used if a second vessel is "rafted' to the same set of 2 mooring balls: 

2nd Mooring: $15 per night
Senior 2nd Mooring (62+): $14 per night
Disabled Discount 2nd Mooring: $7.50 per night

Entry Fee
*ONLY for visitors NOT covered by ferry tickets or boat slip fees

Adult Entry Fee (18+) $3 per person
Youth Entry Fee (6-17): $2 per person
Child Entry Fee (Under 5): Free

US Immigration Station

Detention Barracks Museum
Historic building preserved to show the original carvings that the detained immigrants left behind from 1910-1940. Rooms staged to reflect detention conditions. 

Self-Guided Entry: $5 (Adults), $3 (Youth 5-17yo), Free (Under 5yo)
Guided Tours: $7 (Adults), $5 (Youth 5-17yo), Free (Under 5yo)
K-12 School Group Guided Tours (extracurricular programs do not qualify for this pricing): $3 per person (adults and youth) 

World War II Mess Hall: Included with Detention Barracks Museum entry. Note prices above. 
An exhibit about Angel Island's role in Japanese internment during WWII. 

Angel Island Immigration Museum (AIIM): FREE
Historically, the hospital of the US Immigration Station. Currently, a renovated and contemporary museum telling immigration stories of the past and present. 

Please note what is not allowed: 

For the safety of visitors, wildlife, and the park: 
  • Dogs are NOT allowed on the island, except service animalsThis does not include the use of emotional support animals which are not covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Collecting or destroying anything in the park, including mushrooms, is prohibited.
  • Bicycles are allowed on the island, but all riders under 18 years of age are required to wear helmets. Bike rentals for adults are available seasonally through the Angel Island Café.
  • Roller skates, roller blades, skateboards, scooters, and personal Segways are NOT allowed. 
  • Drones and drone filming are NOT allowed without a permit. 
  • Charcoal grills or camp stoves are permitted in campsites. Wood fires are NOT allowed.
  • Night travel after sunset on the island is NOT allowed in some areas, including all historic sites and buildings, for park security and public safety.

About The Island

Angel Island State Park, the largest natural island in the San Francisco Bay, offers some of the best views of the surrounding Bay Area. With great hiking trails and many other recreational opportunities readily available, Angel Island is truly a hidden gem in the midst of the urban Bay Area. 

Experience a walk through time. Beginning with the earliest inhabitants, the Huimen tribe of the Coast Miwok, Angel Island was a seasonal hunting and gathering location for the local native tribes. Then, thousands of years later, a supply stop for Spanish explorers like Juan Manuel de Ayala, one of the first to map the San Francisco Bay.

Starting from the Civil War at Camp Reynolds to the Cold War at the fenced remnants of the Nike missile site, Angel Island also has nearly 100 years of military history. Through World War I and World War II, thousands of returning and embarking troops were processed at Fort McDowell. 

From 1910 to 1940, the U.S. Immigration Station processed hundreds of thousands of immigrants, the majority from China due to the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1883. During WWII, Japanese and German prisoners of war (POWs) were detained at the Station before being sent to facilities farther inland.

In 1954, the transition of Angel Island to a California State Park began. Starting with Ayala Cove on the western side of the Island, park visitors had the first opportunities to enjoy the beauty of this amazing Island. In the early 60's, the final departure of the military allowed the rest of Angel Island to become park lands and the rest is history!

Additional Visitor Services

Ferry Services


Recreation


Non-Profit Cooperating Associations

Angel Island Conservancy
The Conservancy works in partnership with Angel Island State Park to facilitate the preservation, restoration, and interpretation of historical and natural resources on the island. 

Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation 
The Foundation is committed to protecting the historic site of the Angel Island US Immigration Station, elevating the diverse experiences of detention and immigration, and committing to a future where all persons across the US understand the history of immigration through Angel Island.   

Information and Programs at Historic Sites

US Immigration Station 

Grounds

Hours: Open 7 days a week, sunrise to sundown

What to See

  • Historic fog bell
  • Remnants of historic employee cottages
  • Signage in English and Chinese about detention, interrogation processes, power plant, and more 

Detention Barracks Museum

Hours

  • Wednesday-Friday 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
  • Saturday-Sunday 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Monday-Tuesday CLOSED
  • Please note: Hours change depending on public ferry schedules. If planning for a visit in the future, please contact staff about museum hours. 

What to See

  • Original poems, engravings, and drawings left behind by detained immigrants
  • Rooms staged to reflect the immigration era
  • Signage in English and Chinese about detention conditions, poetry, and more

Available Programs and Pricing

Self-Guided Entry: $5 (Adults), $3 (Youth 5-17yo), Free (Under 5yo)

  • Please book a self-guided tour for groups with 10+ people. 
  • For more than 30 people (40 for K-12 school groups), please book additional time slots to accommodate your full group size. 

Guided Tours: $7 (Adults), $5 (Youth 5-17yo), Free (Under 5yo)

  • For more than 30 people, please book additional time slots to accommodate your full group size. 
  • Reservations required

K-12 School Group Guided Tours (extracurricular programs do not qualify for this pricing):
$3 per person (adults and youth) 

Virtual Field Trip: FREE

  • PORTS (Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students) are free virtual programs that will bring the State Park to you!
  • While PORTS are designed for K-12 classrooms and have limited times, anyone is welcome to book them and different times may be requested from Angel Island State Park depending on staff availability.  
  • Reservations required

World War II Mess Hall

Hours and Pricing

  • Self-guided entry included with Detention Barracks Museum entry. Please see above. 

What to See

  • Animated video sharing the story of a family affected by Japanese internment in WWII
  • Lego model of a historic map of the US Immigration Station
  • Signage in English about Angel Island's role in processing Hawaiian Japanese nationals during WWII internment

Angel Island Immigration Museum (AIIM)

Hours

  • Wednesday-Friday 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
  • Saturday-Sunday 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Monday-Tuesday CLOSED
  • Please note: Hours change depending on public ferry schedules. If planning for a visit in the future, please contact staff about museum hours. 

What to See

  • Contemporary exhibits and signage in English about past and current immigration stories and patterns 
  • A few preserved rooms of the historic hospital
  • Gift shop open on weekends

Available Programs and Pricing

  • FREE Self-guided entry
  • Hosting events here is available through a special event permit process. Please contact state park staff. 

Couldn't find the information you were looking for about the US Immigration Station? Please contact (415)435-5537 or tours.angelisland@parks.ca.gov.


Camp Reynolds (West Garrison)

Grounds

Hours: Open 7 days a week, sunrise to sundown

What to See

  • Historic bakehouse, officers' buildings, and more
    • No public entry into the buildings. 
  • Signage in English about Angel Island's Civil War history.  

Available Programs 

  • Overnight historic living program where students experience the life of Civil War soldiers stationed at Angel Island through compass hikes, flag drills, baking bread, and more. 
    • Sign-ups for the school year fill up quickly. Please contact state park staff to book a reservation for your class.  
  • Volunteering for baking, site maintenance, and reenactment events.  

Couldn't find the information you were looking for about Camp Reynolds? Please contact (415)435-3522 or john.clagett@parks.ca.gov


Fort McDowell (East Garrison) 

Grounds

Hours: Open 7 days a week, sunrise to sundown

What to See

  • Historic hospital, chapel, mess hall, and more. 
    • No public entry into the buildings. 
  • Signage in English about Angel Island's WWI and WWII history.  

Available Programs 

  • Volunteering as docents and reenactment events.  

Couldn't find the information you were looking for about For McDowell? Please contact (415)435-3522 or john.clagett@parks.ca.gov


 

Location - Directions

Access to the Island is by public ferry or private boat.

From San Francisco
Golden Gate Ferry
https://www.goldengate.org/ferry/
415-455-2000

From Tiburon 
Angel Island Tiburon Ferry
www.angelislandferry.com
415-435-2131


There is limited weekday ferry service to Angel Island during the winter. Check with ferry provider.