COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to the pandemic, some restrictions are in place. Please wear a mask and observe proper social distancing when visiting the park. See specific area descriptions for additional details.
Back Ranch Meadows Campground
campground closed due to stay-at-home healh order
As of December 8th, 2020, Back Ranch Meadows Campground will be closed until further notice due to the state and county stay-at-home order. Reserve California reservations will be cancelled from December 8th to January 4th, and no new reservations will be allowed through February 3rd. Our visitor center, museum, and cafe are currently closed. Click here for more information about statewide closures.
All parking lots and picnic areas remain open; park hours are 8 AM to sunset.
Please wear a mask, wash or sanitize hands often, and stay at least six feet away from other all visitors. For more information, visit CA State Parks COVID-19 Resource Center.
China Camp’s beautiful campground includes 33 spacious tent-only sites situated in mature stands of oak, bay laurel, and madrone trees. Glade Sites (1-15) are on the south side of campground, accessed via a fairly flat trail heading slightly left from parking lot. Hill Sites (16-30) are reached via a short uphill path, heading right from the parking lot. All sites require a short walk (50 to 300 yards, depending on camp site) from the parking area. (Note: Two sites closest to the parking lot are reserved for disabled visitors; placard required.) Carts are available for portaging gear.
Detailed Covid-19 campground restrictions here.
Features: Picnic table, wooden food locker, potable water, and fire ring (firewood available for sale from 4 to 6 pm daily except on Red Flag Warning days). Flush toilets and pay showers on site.
Capacity: Maximum of 8 persons per campsite.
Pets: Allowed on 6-foot leash in the campground and on paved areas only. No pets on trails.
Firewood: Available for sale ($6/bundle) from the camp host, 4 to 6 p.m. daily. No firewood sales on Red Flag days with high fire risk.
Trails: Easy access to trails, including Shoreline Trail and handicap-accessible Turtle Back Nature Trail (hikers only, no bikes).
Reservations: Bookings for specific sites are accepted year-round. Maximum stay is 7 nights Apr through Oct, 14 days Nov through Mar. Reserve sites up to 48 hours in advance through ReserveCalifornia.com; (800) 444-7275.
Non-reserved sites: Available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Check in: 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Gates at Back Ranch Meadows Campground entrance, on N. San Pedro Rd. (1/3 mile from campground) are closed 9 p.m. to 8 a.m.
Parking: One vehicle per site; additional vehicles must pay $5/day parking fee (payable on site).
Check out: 12 p.m.
Wildlife: Raccoons and other animals are very active in the campground. Store all food in on-site lockers, a lockable cooler, your car, or other secure container.
More info: Call our Ranger Station at (415) 456-0766 or email email@example.com.
Group Campsite: Due to Covid-19, reservations for our group campsite have been suspended until further notice.
Educational Programs: Due to Covid-19, all campfire programs have been suspended until further notice.
Hike/Bike Sites: Due to Covid-19, all hike/bike sites are closed until further notice.
Youth Camping: All campers under age 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Campers age 14-17 may camp without a parent or guardian, but only with special permission. Please print out and submit these forms, which must be received at least 7 days prior to camping dates. Scan and send to firstname.lastname@example.org, or snail mail to Friends of China Camp, ATTN: Campground Manager, 101 Peacock Gap Trail, San Rafael, CA 94901. Youths should also keep a copy with them at the campground.
Picnic & Day-Use Areas
China Camp State Park has a number of scenic picnic sites, with locations in open meadows, grassy lawns, or along the shores of San Pablo Bay. During the week, most picnic areas are lightly used, and even on weekends, there are usually ample facilities for anyone who wants to enjoy a picnic in a beautiful setting. NOTE: Currently, due to Covid-19, all day-use picnic areas are not reservable until further notice. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis, with groups limited to households in size. Please wear masks are observe social distancing.
SMALL GROUP DAY-USE AREAS
Buckeye Point and Weber Point: Scenic points overlooking San Pablo Bay. Sites include picnic tables and charcoal grills, drinking water, flush toilets. Maximum capacity: 50 persons, 5 vehicles. Reserve at reservecalifornia.com. NOTE: Reservations currently unavailable due to Covid-19; first-come, first-serve only.
Bullhead Flat: Small tidal beach area; kayak and SUP launch site. Maximum capacity: 14 vehicles (site is not generally available for reservation).
LARGE GROUP DAY-USE AREAS
Miwok Meadows Picnic Area: Expansive meadow surrounded by oak and bay woodlands. Site includes charcoal grills, picnic tables, horseshoe toss area, and portable toilets; no water available on site. Maximum capacity: 200 people, 30 vehicles. NOTE: Most reservations are currently unavailable due to Covid-19. For details, contact Friends of China Camp, (415) 456-0766 or email email@example.com.
China Camp Point: Large point with sweeping views of San Pablo Bay. Maximum capacity: 150 people, 30 vehicles. For details on availability and fees, contact Friends of China Camp at 415/456-0766; firstname.lastname@example.org. NOTE: Reservations currently unavailable due to Covid-19.
China Camp Village: Historic shrimping village and beach areas on the edge of San Pablo Bay. Maximum capacity: 150 people, 40 vehicles. For details on availability and fees, contact Friends of China Camp at 415/456-0766; email@example.com. NOTE: Reservations currently unavailable due to Covid-19.