China Camp

Also known as: China Camp State Park
247 N. San Pedro Dr., San Rafael, California



"One of the earliest, largest, and most productive Chinese fishing villages in California, China Camp was in operation by 1870. The Chinese immigrants and their descendants introduced the use of commercial netting to catch bay shrimp off Point San Pedro. The shrimp were then dried and exported to Chinese throughout the world. China Camp represents the last surviving Chinese shrimp fishing village in California." - California Historic Landmark No.924

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 26, 1979
Reference number
Areas of significance
Archeology - Prehistoric; Commerce; Archeology - Non-Aboriginal; Exploration/Settlement; Architecture; Social History
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction; D - Information Potential
Property type
Historic functions
Village site; Fishing facility or site; Single dwelling; Camp
Current functions
Single dwelling; Park
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899; 1850-1874; 1925-1949
Significant years
ca. 1860; 1900; 1920
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 9
Contributing structures: 2
Contributing sites: 2
Non-contributing buildings: 5

Update Log 

  • March 26, 2019: Updated by Richard Doody: Added historical info