Dumbarton Fishing Pier

Dumbarton has an east and west fishing pier that both stretch 2,000 feet into the bay.  They both have benches, water fountains, portable toilets, windbreaks and fish-cleaning stations.  At the tip of each pier, a low platform puts you down closer to the water's surface. At high tide off the west-end pier, the water depth is 30 to 40 feet, while at low tide, it's just 10 feet. The east pier is 40 to 50 feet at high tide and 20 feet at low tide. Fish caught at the piers include shark, jack smelt, surf perch, starry flounder, bat ray (all no limit), sturgeon (limit one, 40-inch minimum, winter only), striped bass (limit two, 18-inch minimum). There are signs describing the types of fish that live in the Bay near the piers.  No license is required. There are no facilities for bait and tackle or food.

Operating Hours

Open daily from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. The road to the pier is closed from April 1 to August 31 but a free shuttle leaves from the closed gate at 9am, 1pm, and 5pm. The 5pm trip is a return trip only.


Free parking is located at the foot of the pier. There are no entrance fees.

Disabled Access

The pier's surface is blacktop so it is easily accessible by wheelchair. The railing is approximately 42 inches high.


Dumbarton Bridge, Fremont, CA 94536

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The Dumbarton pier is located inside the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge.  From State 84, take the Thornton Avenue exit ,turn right and drive to Marshlands Road. Turn right again and drive to the signed entrance for the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge entrance and visitors center. Continue past the entrance for the visitors center for about three miles, following the signs to Dumbarton Pier.

Contact Info

Phone: 510-792-0222