McNears Beach, California

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

McNears Beach
McNears Beach
Location in California
McNears Beach
McNears Beach (the United States)
Coordinates: 37°59′36″N 122°27′12″W
CountryUnited States
CountyMarin County
Elevation10 ft (3 m)
Area codes415/628

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

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. U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: McNears Beach, California
  2. 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.

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