China Camp State Park

Quick Facts

China Camp State Park

California

(415) 456-0766

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Things To Do

Overview

The park is nestled along the shore of the San Pablo Bay. The road through the park offers beautiful views of the waterfront. Features include an extensive intertidal salt marsh, meadow, and oak habitats. There is a variety of wildlife, including deer, squirrels, coyote, and numerous birds. The park is even home to endangered species such as the California clapper rail and the salt marsh harvest mouse, which live in the salt marsh. A Chinese shrimp-fishing village thrived on this site in the 1880s. Nearly 500 people, originally from Canton, China, lived in the village. In its heyday, there were three general stores, a marine supply store and a barber shop.

Fisherman by trade in their native country, they gravitated to the work they knew best. Over 90% of the shrimp they netted were dried and shipped to China or Chinese communities throughout the US. The museum at China Camp Village helps tell the story of these hardy shrimp fisherman.

Map of China Camp (CA)

Latitude, Longitude: 37.998548, -122.480496

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Activities

  • Boating

    Undeveloped boat launch areas are available at Bullhead Flat and lower China Camp Village. Easy access is tide dependent.

  • Bicycling

    The park has several trails open to biking. These trails wind through the scenic park, and interpretive sites are located along some. Be aware that the trails are extremely popular and can become crowded on weekends.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    The main road in the park hugs the coastline, giving visitors excellent views as they drive.

  • Camping

    Back Ranch Meadows has 30 developed walk-in campsites for year-round tent camping only. Reservations should be made for April through October at 800-444-7275. Visitors must transport all equipment from the parking lot to the campsites--up to 300 yards. Wheeled bins are available. Self-contained RVs may camp enroute in the parking lot for one night only, between 6 p.m. - 9 a.m., space permitting.

  • Fishing

    Striped bass, flounder, perch and sturgeon may be caught at several access spots along the bay. Anglers aged 16 and over must have valid California fishing licenses.

  • Hiking

    The park offers fifteen miles of hiking trails. The trails and picnic areas are heavily used during spring and summer weekends. Dogs are not allowed on the trails.

  • Historic Sites

    Several interpretive trails in the park tell the stories of Chinese immigrants. A museum dedicated to the Chinese settlement is located at China Camp Village.

  • Horseback Riding

    Horseback riding is allowed on 15 miles of trails in the park.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic sites with tables and barbecues are located at scenic China Camp Point, Bullhead Flat, WeberPoint, Buckeye Point, and Miwok Meadows.

  • RVing

    Self-contained RVs may camp enroute in the parking lot for one night only, between 6 p.m. - 9 a.m., space permitting

  • Water Sports

    Visitors can go swimming at China Camp Beach.

Seasonality/Weather

The climate is coastal-temperate. Winter temperatures are in the 50s. Summer temperatures are in the 70s-90s. The park has an average of more than 200 fog-free days per year. Layering is highly encouraged when visiting this park.

Park Partners

Friends of China Camp

The friends group is the non-profit supporter of China Camp State Park. Friends of China Camp provides financial support for Junior Ranger Program materials, Campfire Program supplies, and other interpretive and educational materials in the park. The Friends of China Camp is responsible for providing s'mores at the Back Ranch Meadows campfires.

(415) 456-0766

Directions

Driving

Four miles east of San Rafael on the shore of San Pablo Bay. From Highway 101, go east on North San Pedro Road for five miles until you enter the park.

Flying

The closest major airport to China Camp SP is Oakland International Airport, approximately 24 miles away; from there, rental cars are available.

Public Transportation

Golden Gate Highway & Transportation District offers bus and ferry transit options in San Rafael and bordering areas.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(415) 456-0766

Campground reservations

(800) 444-7275

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