An Oasis Alongside San Pablo Bay
55-acre McNears Beach Park sits in a beautiful sheltered cove along the shores of San Pablo Bay. A swimming pool and snack bar are open during the summer season. Year-round facilities include group picnic areas, expansive turf, sand volleyball courts, renovated tennis courts, and a popular fishing pier for sturgeon, stripped bass, shark, perch, halibut, and crab. A designated "trailhead" on the San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail, McNears Beach offers easy carry-in access for kayaks and canoes. Parking and pier are wheelchair accessible. Learn about park hours and fees for entry, parking and pool use. Sorry, no dogs or other companion animals at McNears, except service animals.
McNears is a great place to have a gathering with family and friends. Groups of 20 or more require a park reservation. You can reserve a large group area at McNears Park using the online reservation system. If you would like parks staff to assist you with making a reservation, call (415) 446-4424.
Entry and parking is free the first Saturday of the month at McNears Beach, as well as Paradise Beach Park, Stafford Lake Park, and Black Point and Miller boat launches. Free Measure A Days continue through 2017: January 7, February 4, March 4, April 1, May 6, June 3, July 1, August 5, September 2, October 7, November 4, and December 2. Note: McNears pool use fees still apply.
If you have a library card, check out a free park pass from any Marin County Free Library branch, including Marin Civic Center, Bolinas, Corte Madera, Fairfax, Inverness, Marin City, Novato, Point Reyes, South Novato, Stinson Beach, and the roving Bookmobile. The pass hangs from the rear view mirror of a car and can be checked out for one week at a time. Note: The pass covers entry and parking; McNears pool use fees still apply.
McNears Beach Park water is sampled once a week from April 1 through October 31 to determine if the beach meets California quality standards for recreational water. Visit EHS Water Quality Testing Program for more information. Results from weekly sampling are available in the "Beach Water Quality Information" document, at Heal the Bay, or by calling the EHS beach hotline at (415) 473-2335.
McNears Beach Park is located at 201 Cantera Way, San Rafael.
From Hwy 101 in San Rafael, take exit 452 for Central San Rafael east. Take 2nd St east, which merges into 3rd St, and then turns into Point San Pedro Rd. Follow Point San Pedro Rd for 3.6 miles, turn right at Cantera Way, and follow to the large parking lot at the end.