China Camp State Park

UPDATE (May 21, 2020) - As California State Parks begins working with locals on a phased and regionally-driven approach to increase access to state park units where compliance with state and local public health ordinances can be achieved, it is important for visitors to continue to practice physical distancing and avoid congregating with people outside their immediate household. Everyone has the responsibility to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Here are some guidelines for people visiting China Camp SP:

What is open now?
  • Entrance kiosk
  • Limited parking is now available to the public
  • Trails
  • Beach access
  • Restrooms

What is currently closed at this park and throughout the State Park System?
  • Campgrounds.
  • High public-use indoor facilities, including museums and visitor centers.
  • Special events and tours continue to be canceled until further notice

Are there any new visitor guidelines?

Yes, please see below:
  • Stay Local: Stay close to home. Walk or bike into the park. Parking is very limited. Do not take road trips to parks and beaches or to neighboring states.
  • Stay Active: Keep walking, jogging, hiking and biking. Watch for one-way trails.
  • Stay Safer at 6 Feet: Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Gatherings, picnics and parties are not allowed. Visitors will be asked to leave if there are too many people at the park, beach or on trails to allow for the required physical distance.
  • Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash.
  • Stay Covered: If your county health orders require it, please be sure to wear face coverings when you cannot maintain a safe 6-foot distance from others.

Thank you for your patience and continued support of California State Parks as we work to limit your risk for exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors. For more information, please visit parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.

 

Phone Number

(415) 456-0766

Park Hours

8:00am to sunset daily

Gate at Back Ranch Meadows Campground
Open 8:00am to 9:00pm

Driving Directions to China Camp SP

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 it enters the park.

Camping and Lodging

Visitors will be able to reserve campsites and lodging six months in advance from the current date. Bookings may extend from the arrival date to the desired departure date – based on availability and the park’s maximum stay rules.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

BOATING
Boating
Boat Ramps
OVERNIGHT FACILITIES
Family Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
TRAIL USE
Hiking Trails
Horseback Riding
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Fishing
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Beach Area
Swimming
Vista Point
Windsurfing/Surfing
Museums
Family Programs
Geocaching
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Food Service
Parking
Restrooms / Showers
Restrooms
Outdoor Showers
Drinking Water Available

Upcoming Park Events

Visit the Friends of China Camp (FOCC) event calendar for upcoming events:  http://friendsofchinacamp.org/events/month

The Friends of China Camp (FOCC)

The FOCC website China Camp SP(friendsofchinacamp.org) has extensive information about the park which includes upcoming events, programs offered, natural and cultural history, things to see and do, picnicking, camping, recreation, and annual passes.

FOCC's 2016-17 Operations Report is available here!


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, fox, bats, and numerous birds.  The California clapper rail and the salt marsh harvest mouse are endangered species that live in the marsh areas of the park.

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.

Fishermen 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 fishermen.

Facilities and Activities

At Back Ranch Meadows Campground reservations can be made all year-round by calling ReserveCalifornia at 1-800-444-PARK (7275) or going to reservecalifornia.com.  All campsites at Back Ranch Meadows campground are HIKE-IN SITES for tent-camping only. Visitors must handcarry all equipment from the parking lot to the campsites. Campsites range from 50-300 yards from the parking lot.  Eight persons maximum are allowed in each site.  Check in time is 2pm or later and check out is Noon. 

Enroute camping is available for RV's with a grey water holding tank for one night only.  No dump station or hook-ups are available. Enroute Camping is limited to space availability. Check in for enroute camping is 6pm and check out is 9am.

A "Hike and Bike" site is available for those who travel to China Camp on foot or by bicycle.

An undeveloped Group Campsite is now available. Reservations can be made all year-round by calling ReserveCalifornia at 1-800-444-PARK (7275) or online at reservecalifornia.com.

There are 2 beach wheelchairs for anyone in need of one.
They can be checked out at the Quan Bros. snack shop on Saturdays and Sundays between the hours of 9-5.

At China Camp Village there is a museum describing an early Chinese settlement.  There is beach access, swimming, and picnicking available at China Camp Village.
 
Visitors can enjoy wildlife-watching, mountain biking, hiking, picnicking, horseback riding, swimming, boating (small vessels) and windsurfing at the park.  Undeveloped boat launch areas are available at Bullhead Flat and lower China Camp Village.  Easy access is tide dependent.

The Quan Bros. snack shop at China Camp Village is open on weekends. Food, beverages, and ice cream are available.

The park offers fifteen miles of hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails. DOGS ARE NOT PERMITTED ON TRAILS.  Dogs are allowed on a leash in the campground and in the day use/picnic areas, including the beach.

Collecting or destroying anything in the park, including mushrooms, is prohibited.

Reservable Picnic Sites

China Camp SP has three reservable picnic sites.   Buckeye Point and Weber Point are day use areas situated along San Pablo Bay with views of the water.  These two sites can be reserved for up to 50 people.  Each site has BBQs, picnic tables and flush toilets. 

Miwok Meadows Picnic Area is a grassy meadow among Oak and Bay woodlands.  It has BBQs, picnic tables, a horseshoe toss area, and chemical toilets (no running water).  It can accommodate up to 200 people.

If you are interested in reserving Miwok Meadows please contact Friends of China Camp.

If you are interested in reserving Buckeye or Weber Points, please go to: http://www.reservecalifornia.com

Seasons/Climate Recommended Clothing

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.

Adjacent Visitor Attractions

Muir Woods National Monument, Mount Tamalpais State Park, Samuel P. Taylor, Angel Island State Park, Point Reyes National Seashore, and San Francisco.

Tours and Fieldtrips

If you are interested in scheduling a group tour or a fieldtrip please contact the China Camp Ranger Office at (415) 456-0766.  Docents are available to give China Camp history program and to interpret the natural features of the park.


Please note that drones are prohibited at China Camp State Park per Superintendent's Order.

Social Feed