• View of the Golden Gate Bridge, taken from the Marin Headlands, looking towards San Francisco at sunrise.

    Golden Gate

    National Recreation Area California

Alcatraz Ferry Embarkation

Aerial view of Alcatraz and the San Francisco city skyline

The National Park Service (NPS) is engaged in a planning and environmental impact analysis process to establish a long-term ferry embarkation site for passenger service between the San Francisco waterfront and Alcatraz Island. The Alcatraz Ferry Embarkation Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will also evaluate a ferry connection from the San Francisco embarkation site to existing piers at Sausalito and/or Fort Baker. The NPS is developing the project in coordination with the Port of San Francisco (Port) and City and County of San Francisco (City). The planning process is following requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).

To begin the plan, the NPS engaged the public in scoping activities to hear comments about any issues or concerns, the range of alternatives that should be studied, the nature and extent of potential environmental impacts, and any appropriate mitigation strategies that should be addressed in the planning process. The scoping period concluded on July 31, 2012 and a Public Scoping Comment Summary was released in January 2013.

The park's public PEPC website will be the location where all documents related to this project will be available for viewing and downloading.

Project Purpose
The NPS seeks to secure a site on the northern San Francisco waterfront that provides for a long-term ferry embarkation facility for visitors traveling to Alcatraz Island. The objectives for this project include creating a ferry embarkation site that:

  • Establishes a long-term (at least 50 years) primary location for visitor access to Alcatraz Island.
  • Is economically feasible and sustainable, by enabling substantial reinvestment of ticket sales needed on Alcatraz Island and on other park facilities and visitor programs.
  • Accommodates the critical facilities and programs needed for visitors and staff safety and comfort, and provides for efficient ferry boat operations.
  • Provides an identifiable area for a quality welcome, orientation, and interpretation of the natural, cultural, scenic, and recreational resources of Alcatraz Island, GGNRA, and the larger national park system.
  • Provides facilities for expanded ferry service to accommodate existing and future visitor demand for travel to Alcatraz Island, the Marin Headlands, and by connecting shuttle bus to Muir Woods.

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Did You Know?

Franciscan rocks of the Golden Gate Headlands

Studies in the Franciscan Complex in the San Francisco area were instrumental in providing scientists with an understanding of subduction processes and their geologic results.