China Camp State Park:

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About:

China Camp State Park

Friends of China Camp now operates China Camp State Park! FOCC provides support for volunteering and education efforts, and is a committee of the Marin State Parks Association.

The 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 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) or going to reserveamerica.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 Reserve America at 1-800-444-PARK (7275) or online at reserveamerica.com.

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. 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 Miwok Meadows please contact Friends of China Camp.

If you are interested in reserving Buckeye or Weber Points, please go to: http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/china-camp-sp/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=CA&parkId=120018#sr

Climate

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.

Tours

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.

Adjacent Attractions

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

Junior Ranger Program

Geared for children 7-12 years old, but all ages are welcome.  For more information call the China Camp Ranger Office 415-456-0766. There's no need to book a spot, just show up!


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