McNears Beach Park Added to Exclusive List

McNears Beach Park in San Rafael.
McNears Beach Park in San Rafael.
A regional program linking some of the best boat launch and landing sites around the Bay Area now includes McNears Beach Park in San Rafael. 

The State of California Coastal Conservancy recently selected the County-run park as part of its San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail program, created to inspire people in human-powered boats and beachable sail craft to enjoy the historic, scenic, cultural and environmental richness of the bay. The Water Trail eventually will link all nine counties in the Bay Area.

Open to the public since 1970, the 55-acre McNears Beach Park features carry-in boat access, a deep-water fishing pier, a swimming pool, sand volleyball courts, large and small group-picnic areas and tennis courts. It is one of the best locations in Marin to take up a new water sport such as stand-up paddle boarding, take a family kayak trip or discover aquatic wildlife from the perspective of the water.

“It is a place where Marin families gather to have fun, go fishing, access the bay, have a picnic or just relax,” said Senior Landscape Architect Nancy Peake of Marin County Parks. “McNears offers the ideal launching and landing site for anyone looking to make the bay their playground. On a wider scale, the Bay Area Water Trail can provide trail users a whole new experience that can only be achieved beyond the land.”

The Water Trail Program is administered by the Coastal Conservancy in partnership with the Association of Bay Area Governments, the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission and the California Department of Boating and Waterways. Signage of McNears Beach Park’s participation as a Water Trail location will be posted soon.

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