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Date: January 10, 2018
Contact: GGNRA Public Affairs, 415-561-4730

National Park Service News Release
Contact: GGNRA Public Affairs, e-mail us, 415-561-4730


National Park Service Announces Change to Camping Fees in Marin Headlands

Increased Fees will support an online reservation system, new campground amenities and more.


MARIN COUNTY, Calif. Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) announced today that it will implement a fee increase for overnight camping and day use reservations at Kirby Cove and Bicentennial campgrounds located in the Marin Headlands effective March 11, 2018. Increased fees will support the expansion of an online reservation system, new campground amenities and other projects that have a direct visitor benefit.


The proposed fee increase was approved by the National Park Service (NPS) in December following a 30-day public comment period and proposal review in late 2017. This is the first camping fee increase since fees began at Kirby Cove campground in 1997. The prices are in alignment with fees charged at similar campgrounds throughout California.


At Bicentennial campground, new amenities supported by the fee increase will include the installation of charcoal fire grills and a vault toilet. On January 11th, the NPS’s online reservation system,, will be expanded to include camping reservations at Bicentennial campground. Increased fees at Kirby Cove will support ongoing campground operations.


Camping fees at Kirby Cove will increase by $5 from $25 to $30 while day use fees will increase from $35 to $45. Camping fees at Bicentennial campground will increase from $0 to $20. Access and Senior Lifetime Interagency passholders will continue to receive 50% off camping. The 2018 camping season runs from March 11th through November 4th. The new rates apply for visits starting March 11, 2018. Reservations made in advance will reflect the new rate. Eighty (80) percent of campground revenues are retained by GGNRA and are allocated to projects that directly benefit visitor experience. For more information, please visit the park's camping webpage.

Last updated: January 10, 2018

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