China Camp State Park in San Rafael
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 1514 acre park was established in 1976.
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.
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.
- Chinese American history
- List of California state parks
- China Camp State Park
- National Park Service: A History of Chinese Americans in California: China Camp