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Golden Gate National Recreation Area Permits

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) is home to many unique and beautiful landscapes that are ideal venues for a variety of special activities such as cultural programs, picnics, wedding ceremonies, festivals, athletic events, and film and photography projects.

Do you need a permit? Picnics with fewer than 50 people, athletic events with fewer than 30 people and beach fires with fewer than 25 people do NOT need a permit. Picnic tables and beach fire rings are first-come, first-served and are not reservable. Individuals taking still photos in public areas without props, sets or models do NOT need a permit.

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