This area is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, a park of more than 38,000 acres. The pier itself is a former military wharf built at the south end of Horseshoe Bay (in fact its original name was the East Fort Baker Mine Wharf). At times it was dilapidated and in danger of being torn down. Today, it has been renovated and is better than ever, although a little smaller. Up until the mid ‘80s there was a L-shaped main section to the pier and a smaller concrete pier on the west side; together they created a U-shaped pier. The concrete pier is gone but the surface has been improved and railings added which makes it a safer pier for children. This is good news because the pier at times offers better than average angling.
Gates entering the area are posted as opening at 7:00 am and closing at 5:00 pm.
There is limited free parking at the foot of the pier but there is more parking just down the road. At the foot of the pier are portable toilets. There are no lights, benches or fish cleaning facilities. Just up the street, less than a block away, is the Bay Area Discovery Museum, a great place to take the kids if they tire of the fishing.