Candlestick Point State Recreation Area

Phone Number

(415) 822-8033

Park Hours

7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Dogs Allowed?

Yes
Dogs must be on a maximum 6-foot leash at all times.

Driving Directions to Candlestick Point SRA

From Highway 101, take the Third Street exit, take the first left then continue until Gilman Ave. Take a right on Gilman Ave. and continue to the park entrance, which will be on your left.

Visitors will be able to reserve campsites and lodging six months in advance from the current date. Bookings may extend from the arrival date to the desired departure date – based on availability and the park’s maximum stay rules.

BOATING
Boating
TRAIL USE
Bike Trails
Hiking Trails
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Picnic Areas
Fishing
Beach Area
Swimming
Windsurfing/Surfing
Geocaching
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Parking
Restrooms
Drinking Water Available
Wheelchair Accessible

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the San Francisco County Department of Public Health has not approved camping at Candlestick SRA. Therefore, the campsites will be closed until further notice. Please check the web periodically for updates.

Candlestick Point State Recreation Area’s main parking lot will reopen on Saturday, April 8, 2023! Park staff, with support from San Francisco’s Department of Public works, has created a new route into the park's main entrance on Hunter’s Point Expressway from Gilman Avenue. Please drive safely when using this new entrance. The main parking lot will be open from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. The parking lot at Last Port (160 Harney Way) will continue to be open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Do you have a Candlestick Point story? We are currently gathering stories to explore the history of Candlestick Point State Recreation Area's landscape and community, how people have shaped and continue to shape the shoreline, and how it has impacted the people of the Bayview/Hunter's Point neighborhood of San Francisco. We want to hear from you! For more information, including how to get in contact with us and to share your story, please visit our Candlestick Point Oral History Project page.

From Candlestick Point State Recreation Area, visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay, the East Bay Hills, and San Bruno Mountain all while relaxing in the peaceful scenery of the park itself. Its location on the western shoreline of the San Francisco Bay provides a variety of recreational opportunities including windsurfing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, picnicking, biking, and bird watching.

Candlestick Point SRA was born through the efforts of San Francisco residents organizing for environmental justice in their community. In 1977, Candlestick Point became California’s first urban State Recreation Area, bringing state park values into the city and acting as a gateway for entry to other State Parks. Candlestick Point’s history -  from historic wetlands, to landfill, to landscaped park - demonstrates some of the ways in which people can dramatically alter their landscape, and the interplay of natural and built systems within California’s history.

Location

  • Main Park Entrance: 500 Hunters Point Expressway, San Francisco, CA 94124.
    Note that this is not Hunters Point Boulevard, which is located approximately 2 miles north. 

  • Last Port Entrance: 150 Harney Way, San Francisco, CA 94124

  • Park Office: 1150 Carroll Ave, San Francisco, CA 94124

Day-Use Picnic Areas

Candlestick Point SRA has many picnic areas for visitors to enjoy, including four group picnic sites. All picnic tables and group sites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and cannot be reserved at this time.

When using our day-use areas, please keep the following rules in mind:

  • No Bounce Houses
  • No Open Ground Fires
  • No Amplified Music/DJs
  • No Private Vendors
  • No balloons or confetti

Seasons/Climate Recommended Clothing

The weather can be changeable; layered clothing is recommended.

Activities

Candlestick Point SRA is a unique state park on San Francisco Bay offering a variety of recreational opportunities for visitors.

The park offers hiking, jogging, bicycling, bird watching, windsurfing informal games, and picnicking. There is a paved bicycle and pedestrian path, as well as a fitness course.

Please note that there is no lifeguard on-duty at any beach within the park.

The park is popular for the fishing opportunities found along its shoreline and a public pier. The "Old Pier" on Jamestown Avenue is temporarily closed for rehabilitation. The "Fishing Pier" at Sunrise Point remains open for use during park hours. Depending on the season, catches might include halibut, striped bass, perch or sturgeon. All fish and wildlife rules apply, including pole limits, fishing license requirements on the shoreline, and daily bag limits. Please visit https://wildlife.ca.gov/Regulations for more information.