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McNears Beach
Private recreational facility
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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
Location in the United States
Country United States
State California
County Marin County
10 ft (3 m)

McNears Beach was the site of a fashionable beach resort established in the 1880s on San Pablo Bay in Marin County, California. It was located 0.5 miles (0.8 km) north-northwest of Point San Pedro, and 3.4 miles (5.4 km) northeast of San Rafael. The United States Board of Geographic Names rejected other, similar names proposed for the site, including McNear, McNear Landing, and McNear's Beach.


McNears Beach developed a fishing industry in the 1870s. The McNear post office operated from 1897 to 1910. The name comes from the McNear Family, former owners of the land. 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

Picnic tables and pool at McNears Beach
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.

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