Angel Island - Dock or Moor and Go Explore! | Modern Sailing

Angel Island - Dock or Moor and Go Explore!

Angel Island State Park is the largest natural island in the San Francisco Bay and is an attractive destination for bay boaters. Ayala Cove, accessible within Racoon Straight on the north side of the island, has the largest public docks and moorings on the bay and is well-protected from wind and swell. This makes Ayala Cove an ideal location for your overnight charter experience.

Treat your friends and family to a premier bay adventure with a sail to Angel Island. Dock or moor at Ayala Cove and barbeque on the boat or enjoy a picnic ashore. Explore the island's hiking trails and historic landmarks and let the spectacular views of the surrounding Bay Area take your breath away. 



Available on a first-come, first- served basis, the docks offer 19 boat slips for day use (8:00 AM to sunset). The fee for day use is $15,* whether for a short time or the full day. If paying cash, bring exact change in case the register is closed. If a Ranger is not available, you may pay at the "Self Pay" station near the head of the boat dock. The California State Park Annual Day-Use Pass can be used to pay day use dock fees. Fees go toward maintaining the Cove.


Moorings are $30 per night.* From 10:00 PM to 8:00 AM, boaters are not allowed on the island without a permit to camp on one of the island's 9 campsites. The California State Park Annual Day-Use Pass cannot be used for overnight mooring.

Mooring Instructions

  • Tie vessel at the bow and stern at the fore and aft mooring balls.
  • Vessel should be secured with the bow pointing north-east and the stern facing south-west.
  • Ayala Cove is shallow. Pay attention to the tidal ranges for the duration of your visit.
  • You will need long lines. Ask for a mooring kit from Modern Sailing when you make your charter reservation.


Convenience Store
Day Use or Picnic Areas
Gear Lockers
Ice Vending
Snack Bar

*Cash or check only. Prices are subject to change.


California State Parks Store - Purchase Annual Day Use Passes

Angel Island State Park - Ayala Cove Marina

Angel Island Conservancy - Boating and Camping

Angel Island State Park Ranger Station - (415) 435-5390

Ayala Cove Kiosk - (415) 435-5390

Questions? Email Us or call (415) 331-8250.


  • Mike, Santa Rosa, California

    All of the courses and my instructors (JT and Stan) were extremely professional and full of knowledge and experience. I found I was able to learn from their experiences beyond the scope of the courses, and look forward to future opportunities to do so. I would highly recommend Modern Sailing to anyone.

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