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Park Info

Located off the Richmond Inner Harbor

Phone Number
Toll Free: 888-EBPARKS (888-327-2757), option 3, extension 4510

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Park Hours
Restricted access by arrangement only. Call 1-888-327-2757, option 2 to make a reservation or visit for the current schedule of trips.

Park Events
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Guided Tour Fee
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Camping Reservations
No reservable campgrounds

Picnic Reservations
No reservable sites

Grazing Information
Grazing in the Parks

Emergency Number

EBRPD Headquarters
1-888-EBPARKS or 1-888-327-2757

Brooks Island Regional Preserve

Brooks Island

About The Park

Located just off the Richmond Inner Harbor, this 373-acre island preserve in San Francisco Bay has a colorful history and provides wonderful views of the Bay Area from its 160' rocky peak.

NOTE: You may only access Brooks Island as part of a scheduled East Bay Regional Park District naturalist tour. Please call the Reservations Department at 888-327-2757, option 2 or visit for the current schedule of trips.

Wildflower Photo Guide

> Brooks Island (1.7 Mb, 11 x 8.5, 13 pages Acrobat PDF)

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The island's original inhabitants were Ohlone Indians who lived there for thousands of years. Later, in the early 19th century, it became part of Rancho San Pablo. With the advent of European settlers, the island was used for sheep and cattle grazing, oyster-raising, and extensive quarrying. Over the years, Brooks Island has had many owners-and has been known by a variety of names, including Isla de Carmen, Rocky Island, Bird Island, and Sheep Island. The East Bay Regional Park District acquired the island in 1968.

Park Features

The environmentally sensitive island is a marvelous bird sanctuary. Over 18 species of birds nest there, including Caspian Terns, Black-crowned Night Herons, gulls and ducks. The island also supports an unusual variety of plant communities, including native Coastal Grassland that persists in a relatively undisturbed state. There is also a salt marsh and many acres of Northern Coastal Scrub. In spring, the wildflowers put on a colorful show.  

Park Activities

Access to Brooks Island Regional Preserve is by reservation only. The Park District offers two kinds of naturalist-led kayak tours: "bring-your-own-boat" trips and outfitter-led trips. Telephone 1-888-EBPARKS or visit for reservations or more information. Facilities on the island are minimal.

ADA accessibility iconPark Accessibility

The island is not accessible to wheelchair users at this time.  

Trail Map

Brooks Island trail map