Joe, I fish both sides. I always purchase a yearly pass so if you want to go in with me it will be free. If you do pay your receipt is good for both sides for 24 hours so you can switch side at no cost. The south side has the museum, L-Dock, playgrounds, camp sites and boat ramp. North side has the bait and tackle shop (not much and way expensive), concession stand, and where the Surfing Tournaments are help. Both side have restrooms, showers and fish cleaning stations. If you can throw a cast net (which I still can't) live bait should be plentiful for you. Call me and I will try and join yo on the 27th. Due to the time of year it will be a bit crowded though.