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China Camp State Park, San Rafael

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China Camp State Park is a state park of California, United States, surrounding a historic Chinese American shrimp-fishing village and a salt marsh. The park is located in San Rafael, California, on the shore of San Pablo Bay. It is known for its hiking and mountain biking trails, scenic views, and open spaces. The 1514acre park was established in 1976. A 75acre district, including the shrimping village and a prehistoric shell midden, were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 for having state-level significance in archaeology, architecture, commerce, settlement, and social history.China Camp State Park, along with the Rush Ranch Open Space Preserve, is part of the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.HistoryPre-Chinese settlementPrior to the 1700s, the area now containing the park was inhabited by indigenous Coast Miwok people, who lived by hunting game, harvesting acorns from the local oaks, and fishing and gathering seafood from the bay. After the 1775 arrival of the Spanish, who founded the nearby Mission San Rafael Arcángel, the Miwok were largely wiped out within 100 years.
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  • There is a toll for parking-- $5. Picnic tables available. Small historical museum. Boats anchor in front of the beach....Long pier. Great for families; kids can play on the beach. The last of the Chi...  more »
  • Dogs on leashes ok-- beautiful water views, some sandy beach a sense of history, very safe, no garbage  more »
  • If you are anywhere near San Rafael, plan to spend a few hours at China Camp. You will love the experience. Better yet, lend your support to preserve and restore this hugely important historic site. G...  more »