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McNear Beach Fishing Pier

San Rafael


The pier is located a short distance away from the Sister Islands and fronts some of the deeper water in this part of San Pablo Bay. Pilings show little growth of mussel but the bottom here is mud and grass and there seems to be a lot of natural food. Inshore, the shoreline is covered with rocks and at times there is some fishing for perch but it seems only fair. More productive is the water to the left of the pier about half way to three quarters of the way out. This is a good area for kingfish (white croaker), flounder, striped bass, sharks, skates and bat ray. The most heavily fished area is the t-shaped end of the 190-foot-long pier; this is the premier spot for sturgeon.




San Rafael
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The park hours change seasonally so check. However, during the summer it is generally open from 8 am to 5 pm daily.

There are benches, water faucets and fish cleaning stations on the pier. There are no lights on the pier. Adjacent to the parking lot are two portable restrooms. Nearby is the snack bar; adjacent to it are a swimming pool, tennis courts, and extensive lawn areas. There is a $1 fee to enter the park.


Water Activities
  • Fishing

Map + Directions

Basic Directions
From Highway 101 take Point San Pedro Road east—follow it for approximately 8 miles to the park entrance and road.

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