Group Campsites: Frequently Asked Questions
Group campsite reservations are by phone only. Check availability at ReserveAmerica.com before you call. Search by park name. “C” = CALL – the date is available.
- How do I make a group camp reservation?
- Where are group campsites located?
- Campsites Directory and Map
- Who can use the group campsites?
- What is the difference between a primitive and developed group campsite?
- Where are the group campsites located?
- How much does it cost to reserve a group camp?
- When can I make a group camp reservation?
- What is the policy for security deposits?
- How many parking passes will I receive? And how many cars allowed per site?
- How do I pay for my reservation?
- How do I CANCEL or CHANGE my reservation?
- What is the cancellation/rescheduling policy for rain/bad weather?
- Where can I build a fire?
- Which group camping sites allow alcohol with a beer and wine permit?
- What other permits to I need?
- What are the hours of the Reservations Department?
- Are pets allowed? If so, are there any additional fees?
- What are the quiet hours?
- What additional documentation is required for public schools?
Group campsites cannot be reserved online. Reservations may be made by calling 1-888-EBPARKS (1-888-327-2757), press option 2. For persons with hearing impairments, please use the Telecommunications Relay Service at 711. Telephone hours are Monday-Thursday, 8:30am-4:30pm and Fridays, 8:30am-4:00pm. The Reservations Office is open for walk-in reservations or questions Monday-Friday, 8:30-5pm. Check availability at ReserveAmerica.com before you call. Search by park name. “C” = CALL – the date is available.
Group camping and photos are not currently available online. Group campsites are available for large groups to camp together in one site, located throughout 11 different parks. There are 3 developed Group campsites and 30 primitive campsites available. Please refer to our Camping Brochure or call the Reservations Department for more information at 888-327-2757, option 2.
Groups of 11 people or more may make a reservation in a group camp.
-- "Developed" group campsites are located within a family campground and have access to flush toilets and showers. These sites are Puma Point at Anthony Chabot Regional Park and Wild Turkey and Punta Vaca at Del Valle Regional Park.
-- "Primitive" group campsites are generally in more remote locations, have chemical toilets, and no access to showers.
|Site Capacity||per Night**|
|50 person or less capacity sites||$75.00|
|75 person capacity sites||$100.00|
|100 person capacity sites||$125.00|
|150 person capacity sites||$175.00|
|300 person capacity sites||$200.00|
|Puma Point in Anthony Chabot Campground||$100.00|
|Punta Vaca in Del Valle Campground||$100.00|
|Wild Turkey in Del Valle Campground||$150.00|
**SECURITY/DAMAGE DEPOSIT equal to one night’s fee is charged per site.
**SERVICE FEE: $8.00 non-refundable fee is charged per site reserved.
LAST WEDNESDAY IN OCTOBER: Written Request Deadline for Residents of Alameda and Contra Costa County.
FIRST MONDAY IN NOVEMBER: Phones Open - Residents and organizations based in Alameda and Contra Costa counties may begin making Group Camp or Backpack site reservations for the following calendar year. Requests will be considered in the following order: EBRPD events, picnic reservations part of a special event permit, written requests, and phone requests.
FIRST WEDNESDAY IN DECEMBER: Written Request Deadline for Non-Residents of Alameda and Contra Costa County.
SECOND MONDAY IN JANUARY: Phones Open - Residents outside Alameda and Contra Costa counties may begin making picnic site reservations for the calendar year.
LAST DAY TO RESERVE: Backpacking and group camping reservations must be made no later than five working days in advance IN ORDER TO HAVE PARKING PASSES OR OHLONE WILDERNESS PERMITS MAILED TO YOU. For Friday through Sunday reservations, the last day to have passes or permits mailed is Monday.
If you are able to come in-person to the Reservations Office at 2950 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland to pick up your parking passes or Ohlone Wilderness Permit(s) (if needed), the reservation cut-off is three working days in advance. For Friday through Sunday reservations, the last day to reserve is Wednesday. The Reservations Office in Oakland is the ONLY location that can issue overnight parking passes for backpacking or group camping at this time. Parking passes cannot be emailed. If reserving less than 5 working days in advance, you are responsible for arriving at the Reservations Department before closing time to pick-up your passes or your reservation will be invalid and no refunds will be issued.
All reservations of group camp sites require a refundable security/damage deposit equal to the current rate for one night of camping. All or part of your deposit may be forfeit for violating any of the terms of your reservation contract. The deposit is fully refundable if the area is left in good condition and regular servicing is sufficient to prepare for the next group. If excessive staff intervention is required, you will be charged. You will be notified if your deposit is retained for any reason. Otherwise, deposits paid by credit card will be refunded within 14 working days after your camp-out; refunds for checks, cash or money order will be by check and take 4-6 weeks.
Parks passes for group campsites are included in your reservation fee. The number of parking spots varies per site; please inquire. Parking permits are mailed 7-10 days before the reservation starts.
Follow all rules and posted signs; vehicles in violation may be cited and/or towed. Where allowed, vehicle access is permitted only with a valid parking pass (may also require pre-arrangement with park staff). Vehicles must park in the permitted area. Except for cases of an emergency, vehicle access is limited to one group trip in and one group trip out: shuttling campers and/or equipment is strictly prohibited. Carpooling is strongly suggested. WALK-IN sites have NO VEHICLE ACCESS.
Effective May 1, 2014, PAYMENT in full is due at the time of booking.
- VISA OR MASTERCARD: You must speak with a reservations agent. Charges are processed immediately and will appear on your statement as "EB Parks - Oakland".
- CHECKS are accepted up to 15 days in advance and must be pre-printed.
- MONEY ORDERS are accepted up to 5 days in advance.
- Cash is only accepted in person at the Reservations office. DO NOT MAIL CASH.
NO REFUNDS will be given for dropping nights leading into these holidays: Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day. NO REFUNDS will be given for rain during your stay.
CANCELLATION/CHANGE POLICY: You must CALL the Reservations office to change or cancel your reservation. (1-888-327-2757)
- Cancellations received more than 30 days in advance will receive a 90% refund of the site use fee.
- Cancellations made 15 to 30 days in advance will receive a 75% refund of the site use fee.
- Cancellations made 7 to 14 days in advance will receive a 50% refund of the site use fee.
- Cancellations made less than 7 days in advance will receive NO REFUND.
- The $8 service charge and any extra fees are non-refundable.
- No refunds will be given for rain during your stay.
- Requests for changes received more than 30 days in advance will be charged a 10% penalty.
- Requests for changes received 15 to 30 days in advance will be charged a 25% penalty.
- Requests for changes received 7 to 14 days will receive a 50% penalty.
- Requests for changes received less than 7 days will receive NO REFUND.
How do I CANCEL my reservation?
CANCELLATION: You must CALL the Reservations office to cancel your reservation. (1-888-327-2757)
How do I make CHANGES to my reservation?
CHANGES: You must CALL the Reservations office to make any changes (dropping days or changing dates) to your reservation. (1-888-327-2757)
No refunds will be given for rain during your stay.
There are no refunds for bad weather. Regular cancellation and rescheduling policies apply.
FIRES and BBQs are only allowed within the BBQ pit or fire ring provided by the park, and must be attended by at least one responsible adult at all times. All fires must be extinguished before going to sleep or leaving the site. Fireworks are never allowed. Stricter fire restrictions, including park closures, may be in force during your visit: call 888-EBPARKS (888-327-2757), option 4 then 2, or go to the Parks and Trails Closure Page.
FIREWOOD: To limit the spread of Sudden Oak Death fungus, you may NOT BRING UNPROCESSED/NATURAL FIREWOOD into the park. You may bring wood which has been commercially purchased and certified to be uncontaminated, processed fire logs or cut lumber. Family campground kiosks at Anthony Chabot and Del Valle have firewood for purchase.
Ordinance 38 prohibits alcohol in primitive group campsites EXCEPT with a permit. Beer and wine are allowed in the developed group sites (which are part of the family campgrounds). Beer and wine permits are $25 and must be purchased in advanced preferably no later than 5 days before the reservation. Beer and wine permits cannot be purchased at the parks.
Parks that allow beer and wine permits for group camping are all sites at Anthony Chabot, Coyote Hills, Del Valle, Garin, Las Trampas, Point Pinole, Redwood excluding Girl’s Camp, and Tilden only at Gillespie.
Puma Point at Anthony Chabot, Wild Turkey and Punta Vaca at Del Valle do not require a beer and wine permit.
NOTE: Hard Alcohol is never allowed in any of the East Bay Regional Parks.
You may need other permits. A full list can be found on the Permits Page
Reservations telephone hours are Monday-Thursday, 8:30am-4:30pm and Fridays, 8:30am-4:00pm. Please call 1-888-EBPARKS (1-888-327-2757, press option 2), For persons with hearing impairments, please use the Telecommunications Relay Service at 711. The Reservations Office is open for walk-in reservations or questions Monday-Friday, 8:30-5pm.
Please see the desired park website for pet regulations.
Quiet hours are 10pm to 7am. CAMPGROUND DISTURBANCES: PLEASE CALL 911 ON THE PARK PAYPHONE OR (510) 881-1121 TO NOTIFY PARK POLICE OF AFTER HOURS PROBLEMS that need police attention. Other campers will be glad you brought the problem to the attention of the Regional Parks Police.