The East Bay Sites on Angel Island State Park are located on a ridge on the eastern side of the island, not far from the Sunrise Sites camping area, both of which over look the east bay cities of Berkeley and Oakland. The East Bay Sites camping area is one of four campgrounds on Angel Island, and is home to three environmental campsites, all of which have spectacular views of the East Bay.
When camping on Angel Island, you will often be subject to wind, but the intensity can vary widely between a gentle breeze and 20-30 miles per hour. The East Bay Sites are on the northeastern side of the island, which is more sheltered from the wind than the Ridge Sites, which are directly exposed to the ocean winds. The campsites at each include a picnic table, vault toilet access, food locker, barbecue, and running water. Use of the food lockers is important as there are many raccoons on the island. Come prepared to lug your camping gear a couple miles up and down hills to your campsite, as all of the campsites on Angel Island are walk-in campsites.
Angel Island can be accessed via ferry from San Francisco and Marin County.
Angel Island – East Bay Sites Bottom Line
Angel Island’s western facing campsites (Kayak Camp and Ridge Sites) are usually more sought after because of their sweeping views of the downtown San Francisco skyline and the Golden Gate bridge, but the East Bay Sites also have fantastic views of the Bay Bridge and the Oakland and Berkeley skylines. Also, the East Bay sites are not nearly as windy (usually) as the campsites on the western end of the island, which usually makes for a better camping trip because you are not spending your time chasing down rogue cans and paper plates that took flight in the wind.
The best time to go is in the summer as it is warmer and less likelihood that the fog will block the spectacular views. However, spring and fall also offer good weather and you are more likely to be able to get a reservation with shorter notice. The one thing you need to keep in mind is that camping on Angel Island is a backpacking experience, so please be prepared to carry your camping gear a couple miles up and down hills to your campsite.
East Bay Sites Campground Features
|Number of Campsites:||3|
|Fire Rings:||No – Wood fires are not allowed on Angel Island|
|Cell Phone Service:||All Major Carriers|
|Operating Season:||Campground open year round|
|Other:||Restaurant and Cantina located near the harbor.|
|Geo Coordinates:||37.8656363, -122.42693329|
|Nearest City/Town:||Tiburon, California|
|Location:||Marin County, California|
|Paved Road Access:||No|
|Proximity to Stores:||1 mile (via ferry) to Tiburon|
|Directions:||Access to the Island is by private boat or public ferry.
From San Francisco, Oakland and Alameda take the Blue & Gold Ferry Service
From Tiburon – Tiburon/Angel Island Ferry Service
|Phone:||415.435.5390||Facebook:||Angel Island State Park Facebook Page|
|Web:||California State Parks||Twitter:||Angel Island State Park Twitter Feed|
|Reservations:||Reserve a Campsite Now|
When To Go
Summer temperatures – Highs: 70’s and 80’s; Lows: 50’s. Winter temperatures – Highs: 50’s and 60’s; Lows: 30’s and 40’s.
What To Do
For being such a small island there is suprisingly a lot to do on Angel Island. One of the more popular activities is hiking the many trails on the island. One of my favorite activities however, is hiking to the small cantina near the doc in the main harbor and relaxing on their patio and enjoying a few cold ones.
Prior to the arrival of pioneers and settlers to the bay area, Angel Island was used by the Coastal Miwok Indians for hunting and fishing. Later on it was used by Spanish explorer Juan Manuel de Ayala, and more recently as a cattle ranch and a U.S. Army post.
Angel Island served as as a processing station for of Chinese and Asian immigrants from 1910 to 1940 and was later used to house German and Japanese POWs during World War II. Nike missiles were stationed on the island during the Cold War.
Angel Island became a State Park in 1954.
Image Credits: Kai Schreiber