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Angel Island - Dock or Moor and Go Explore!

Sail to Angel Island and 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. 

*Some features of Angel Island may be closed to due to state-issued COVID-19 safety guidelines. Check the current status of park services and attractions on the official Angel Island State Parks webpage.


DOCKING AT AYALA COVE

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 (pricing subject to change), whether for a short time or the full day. If paying cash, bring exact change in case the register is closed. If a park 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.

Modern Sailing has a Day-Use Pass available for club member use on a first-come, first-served basis. If you'd like to use the pass on the day of your charter, please call the office at (415) 331-8250 to reserve it ahead of time.

MOORING AT AYALA 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

SERVICES AVAILABLE ON ANGEL ISLAND

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

MORE INFORMATION

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.

 Map of Angel Island State Park

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    Since many, many years, I had the dream to sail underneath the Golden Gate bridge. On October 14th last year, my dream became true. Thanks to our dear friend Aaron Fritz who made it possible and organized this cruise for us. With this adventure I was able to achieve one more milestone on my sailing career.

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