China Camp State Park

China Camp State Park

China Camp
China Camp in 2010
Location San Rafael, California
Built 1860
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 79000493 [2]
CHISL # 924[1]
Added to NRHP April 26, 1979
China Camp in 1889
Bay view from China Camp State Park

China Camp State Park is a state park of California, USA, 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 1,514-acre (613 ha) park was established in 1976.[3]

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. The village was used extensively in the filming of the 1955 movie Blood Alley starring John Wayne. Today the fishing village is maintained by the Park Service, with the help of Frank Quan, a descendent of one of the original residents, who lives there.

China Camp State Park, along with the Rush Ranch Open Space Preserve, is part of the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.[4]

Free boat launches are available at the state park. Dogs on a leash are permitted in any of the park's day-use areas, but they are not permitted on park trails. Horses are permitted on several of the trails.

The trails in the park are very popular among hikers, runners and mountain bikers, especially on weekends.

See also


  1. ^ a b "China Camp". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-09. 
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  3. ^ "California State Park System Statistical Report: Fiscal Year 2009/10". California State Parks. p. 22. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  4. ^ "San Francisco Bay NERR::Reserve Sites". Retrieved 2009-03-25. 

External links

  • China Camp State Park
  • National Park Service: A History of Chinese Americans in California: China Camp