China Camp SP
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 Reserve America at 1-800-444-PARK (7275). 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. 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. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for information about reserving it.
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. You can meet the long-time resident and shrimp fisherman Frank Quan here.
The park offers fifteen miles of hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails. A map of the park is available through our online brochure. 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.
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 Buckeye or Weber Points, please go to http://www.reserveamerica.com/
If you are interested in reserving Miwok Meadows please contact Friends of China Camp.
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.
If you are interested in scheduling a group tour please contact the China Camp Ranger Office at (415) 456-0766. Docents are available to give China Camp history programs.
Junior Ranger Programs
Junior Ranger Programs at China Camp State Park
Geared for children 7-12 years old, but all ages welcome
Hours: 3:30pm - 4:30pm. Parent must stay in the park area.
Location: China Camp Village (in front of the museum)
This is a free program occurring the last Saturday of each month with the exception of Nov.-Feb.
For more information call the China Camp Ranger Office 415-456-0766. There's no need to book a spot, just show up!
- Hours of Operation:
- Park Office Telephone:
San Francisco Bay AreaCounty
101 Peacock Gap Trail
San Rafael, CA 94901
Ranger Office 415-456-0766
Business Office 415-488-5161
The Friends of China Camp (FOCC) website (www.friendsofchinacamp.org) has extensive information for visitors, including cultural and natural history, things to see and do, picnicking, camping, recreation, and annual passes.
The park is open - thanks to the Friends of China Camp!
General Park Hours
8:00am to sunset daily
Gate at Back Ranch Meadows Campground
Open 8:00am to 9:00pm
Gate is closed at 9:00pm
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