China Camp State Park

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Not to be confused with Chinese Camp, California.
China Camp
China Camp 3654.jpg
China Camp in 2010
China Camp State Park is located in California
China Camp State Park
Location San Rafael, California
Coordinates 38°0′3″N 122°27′41″W / 38.00083°N 122.46139°W / 38.00083; -122.46139
Area 75 acres (30 ha)
Built 1865–1925
NRHP Reference # 79000493[1]
CHISL # 924[2]
Added to NRHP April 26, 1979

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 75-acre (30 ha) 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.[4]

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.[5]

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.

China Camp in 1889 
Bay view from China Camp State Park 

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  1. ^ Staff (2006-03-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "China Camp". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-09. 
  3. ^ "California State Park System Statistical Report: Fiscal Year 2009/10" (PDF). California State Parks: 22. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  4. ^ Bingham, Jeffrey C. (1978-08-22). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory -- Nomination Form: China Camp" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-05-10. 
  5. ^ "San Francisco Bay NERR::Reserve Sites". Retrieved 2009-03-25. 

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Coordinates: 37°59′57″N 122°29′18″W / 37.99917°N 122.48833°W / 37.99917; -122.48833