Angel Island State Park


Angel Island State Park is located on Angel Island found in San Francisco Bay. This California location is used for many purposes such as military forts, immigration centers, and fun. The island is part of Marin County. When on the island visitors can see San Francisco's skyline including Marin Headlands and Mount Tamalpais. The island has a long history with Miwok Indians and Spanish explorers like Juan Manuel de Ayala. It was also used as a cattle ranch and Army Post.

During 1910 to 1940 the island processed thousands of immigrants, many of them from China. While World War II was ongoing Japanese and German POWs were held on the island. Today the island is a Coast Guard State and State Park. It officially became a park in 1954. Visitors can enjoy Ayala Cove where there are restroom facilities for changing.

The island is a place most residents head for a relaxing day on the beach, surfing, swimming, and enjoying the sea breezes. As a state park animals and plants are protected. In fact there is an Environmental Living Program being conducted on the island right now. The island state park can be reached by private boat or ferry from San Francisco.

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