National Recreation Area May Raise Fees At Calif. Parks

National Recreation Area May Raise Fees At Calif. Parks

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) is seeking public comment on a proposal to increase fees for overnight camping and day use reservations at Kirby Cove and Bicentennial campgrounds located in the Marin Headlands. Increased fees would support the expansion of an online reservation system, new campground amenities and other projects that have a direct visitor benefit. The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA) establishes fee collection on federal lands, and National Parks collecting fees can retain 80% of those revenues in order to support projects that improve the visitor experience.

The proposed fees are:

– Kirby Cove campground from $25 to $30 per night
– Kirby Cove day use from $35 to $45 per day
– Bicentennial campground from free to $20

The prices for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area are based on comparable fees charged by similar campgrounds throughout California. This is the first proposed camping fee increase since fees began at Kirby Cove campground in 1997. Holders of the Access and Senior Lifetime Interagency passes would continue to receive 50% off camping. The 2018 camping season is from March 11th through November 4th, varying slightly on an annual basis to coincide with daylight savings time.

How to Review and Comment:

Review the proposal and Submit a Comment OR send your comment by mail to:

GGNRA Superintendent
Attn: Proposed Camping Fee Increase
Fort Mason, Building 201
San Francisco, CA 94123-0022

Kirby Cove Campground & Picnic Area

OPEN: April 1 – November 30

For reservations please call 1-877-444-6777 or visit

The most popular campground in the Marin Headlands, with spectacular views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate. Enjoy a wooded setting, seclusion and protected campsites which were recently restored for all to enjoy. Campsites are available for use only by prior reservation but anyone can walk down the road to enjoy the vistas and picnic on the bluffs or beach. Fire pits and charcoal grills are available. No water is available for drinking or cleaning. No pets allowed.

Bicentennial Campground


Reservations can be made from 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM; (415) 331-1540.

The Bicentennial Campground is the most accessible campground in Golden Gate, approximately 100 yards from the parking area near Battery Wallace. There are three sites, each of which can accommodate up to three people with one tent. Water is available at the Visitor Center approximately one mile away. Campers may use BBQ grills in the nearby Battery Wallace picnic area. Maximum stay is three nights per year. There is no water available for drinking or cleaning. No fires allowed in the campground; gas camp stoves are permitted. No pets allowed.


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