Saturday, December 9, 2023


San Francisco Bay Area gets first new campground in 30 years at site of old rock quarry

The quarry that was used to produce the rock fill that built San Francisco and Oakland’s airports, freeways and bridges is now the location of the first new Bay Area campground to be built in three decades.

The Dumbarton Quarry Campground on the Bay opened to campers Friday along San Francisco Bay’s waterfront near Fremont, CA. The new park has 63 campsites, including 60 that have RV hookups. The park is on the north side of the Dumbarton Bridge in Alameda County.

Campground staff began taking reservations on Wednesday. The sites cost $45 for tents and $75 for RV sites. The sites can be booked by going to and entering “Dumbarton Quarry Campground.” You can also call 888-327-2757 to make your reservation by phone or email

The quarry first opened in the 1950s as an industrial site. The quarry pit eventually grew to 320 feet deep and 1,400 feet across. The hard rock portion of the quarry was the size of four football fields. The quarry shut down in 2007 and, after a court fight, the quarry company, city and park district agreed on plans to build a campground at the site.

The pit itself was filled with 6 million cubic yards of dirt and rock (600,000 dump truck loads) over the next 12 years.

The campground includes a playground, picnic areas, trails, a 200-seat amphitheater, restrooms and showers. The campground store will open for business in about a month, with a laundry, firewood, and rentable camping gear. In the next decade, plans call for 19 more campsites, 28 new cabins and two large group camping areas.

To read more about the new campground and see photos, click HERE. To visit the East Bay Park District website, click HERE.


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Mike Gast
Mike Gast
Mike Gast was the vice president of Communications for Kampgrounds of America Inc. for 20 years before retiring in 2021. He also enjoyed a long newspaper career, working as a writer and editor at newspapers in North Dakota, South Dakota, Oregon, and Montana. He and his wife, Lori Lyon, now own and operate the Imi Ola Group marketing company, focusing on the outdoor industry.



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dennis kogler (@guest_141357)
2 years ago

i’m curious as to who opposed this, we need more rv parks, can someone tell me who opposed this? just curious for future reference, i would love to build a couple of new parks north and south at my favorite locations, for personal use and for a retirement investment.

Sherry (@guest_140645)
2 years ago

This is something desperately needed. In fact I wish every one of our beautiful big cities would include nice rv parks in their urban renewal plans. Managing said parks for recreational RV’s only would bring much needed revenue in

MrDisaster (@guest_140347)
2 years ago

Good location, it’s right next to the freeway…On a serious note how far is it to a BART station to get into San Francisco?

Steven G (@guest_140519)
2 years ago
Reply to  MrDisaster

About 6 miles to the closest Bart station, that being Union City Station.

Ron Sifford (@guest_140238)
2 years ago

Excellent example of teamwork and recycling.

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