McNears Beach, California

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
McNears Beach
McNears Beach Park.jpg
McNears Beach is located in California
McNears Beach
McNears Beach
Location in California
McNears Beach is located in the United States
McNears Beach
McNears Beach
McNears Beach (the United States)
Coordinates: 37°59′36″N 122°27′12″W / 37.99333°N 122.45333°W / 37.99333; -122.45333Coordinates: 37°59′36″N 122°27′12″W / 37.99333°N 122.45333°W / 37.99333; -122.45333
CountryUnited States
CountyMarin County
Elevation10 ft (3 m)
Area codes415/628

McNears Beach (formerly, McNear, McNear Landing, and McNear's Beach) is an unincorporated community on San Pablo Bay in Marin County, California.[1]

It is located 0.5 miles (0.8 km) north-northwest of Point San Pedro, and 3.4 miles (5.4 km) northeast of San Rafael. It is at an elevation of 10 feet (3 m).[1] The community is in ZIP code 94901 and area codes 415 and 628.


McNears Beach developed a fishing industry in the 1870s.[2] The McNear post office operated from 1897 to 1910.[2] The name comes from the McNear Family, former owners of the land.[2] The McNear Brothers, E.B. and J.A., moved to the beach site about 1870 and built two houses (which have since been demolished), a stable, a warehouse, and a general store.

McNears Beach Park[edit]

The swimming pool and a picnic area at McNears Beach Park

In 1970, the County acquired 55 acres at McNears Beach to create McNears Beach Park. Today, McNears Beach Park is a regional park offering a fishing pier, swimming pool, snack bar, sand volleyball court, picnic areas, and tennis courts.

The McNear Brothers stable remains, and is now used as a Park Ranger Office operated by Marin County Department of Parks and Open Space.

China Camp State Park, adjacent to McNear Beach on the east, is a unit of the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: McNears Beach, California
  2. ^ a b c Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 662. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.

See also[edit]