Your park to discover

With its stunning natural beauty and unique cultural history, China Camp State Park is an irreplaceable resource not only for Marin County, but also for all Californians and citizens everywhere. We are Friends of China Camp, a group of volunteers who have been operating the park since July of 2012 when the park was threatened with closure due to lack of State funds. We are proud to keep China Camp State Park open and are responsible for all expenses, supported by fees from our visitors and donations from our community.


Break a sweat by hiking, running or biking our trails.  Relax and enjoy the views from picnic areas or at our little beach.  Get a saltwater spa treatment by kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding or swimming in our calm bay waters. Experience California history at our lovingly preserved Chinese fishing village.  Make the acquaintance of the salt marsh on our interpretive Turtleback Trail.  For the adventurous, you can even get married here.

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Choose among 30 walk-in camping sites to experience the sights and sounds of the park at night. Or take a break from your busy day at one of 4 picnic areas with beautiful views of the bay. If you’re planning a special event, there are five picnic areas that can be reserved.

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Natural History

China Camp State Park is not only a home for endangered species, but is also a resting stop for migratory waterfowl and a playground for more deer and wild turkeys than you can count.  In season, wildflowers abound.  Our rich tidal marshes are among the most pristine in the bay area, and their transition to grassland and oak ridges is a rare surviving remnant of a classic California landscape.

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Cultural Heritage

People have considered China Camp a special place for thousands of years. The first people here, the Coastal Miwok, built villages and harvested the abundant shellfish.  In the 1800s, the area was part of the “Rancho San Pedro, Santa Margarita y las Gallinas” land grant.  Later, this was the home of the McNear ranch. Immigrants from China developed a thriving shrimping village; the few buildings that remain are the last evidence of an important era in California history.

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Get Involved

Friends of China Camp is a volunteer group that has been operating the park since July of 2012, when the park was threatened with closure. A strong community of supporters has kept our park open and thriving. Volunteers are the heart of Friends of China Camp. They lead tours, repair trails, patrol the trails on bikes and foot, welcome visitors, and manage park operations. We are always looking for new volunteer ambassadors with a passion for the park. Take a look at what we do, and consider joining our volunteer team.

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    Online: Indigenous History | The Life of Camilo Ynitia
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  • 21 May
    Online: Spring Birding Seminar
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Friends of China Camp

Friends of China Camp (FOCC) operates China Camp State Park under contract with the California Department of Parks and Recreation.

FOCC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization; membership fees and donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

/ Become a Friend

Your membership will help Friends of China Camp enhance the visitor experience, as well as provide funding for public education programs, volunteer support, and projects and services at China Camp State Park.

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/ Volunteer

Become a part of our new programs that will help China Camp thrive and help FOCC grow, so we can help the park even more!

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/ Be a Partner

Join our partnership of local businesses and foundations.

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A Special Supporter of our Cause

California State Parks Foundation is a member-supported nonprofit dedicated
to protecting, improving and advocating for all of California’s state parks.

Learn more at http://www.calparks.org