Benicia State Recreation Area
Benicia State Recreation Area covers marsh,
grassy hillsides and rocky beaches along the narrowest portion of
the Carquinez Strait.
Cyclists, runners, walkers, equestrians, and
roller skaters enjoy the park's 2 - miles of road and bike paths.
Picnicking, bird watching and fishing are also attractions. Dogs
must be on a leash at all times.
The marshland area on Dillon's Point is a
particularly favorite place for fishing. A parking fee is required.
The park is open from 8 a.m. to sunset daily.
Three "Enroute" campsites are available for an
overnight stay on a "first-come, first-served" basis with no
reservations possible. This camping is limited to motorhomes or
vehicles with trailers, which must be fully self-contained. Tents
are not permitted.
de Cañizares, diarist on the 1769
overland Portola expedition and who sailed with Don Juan Manuel de
Ayala on the San Carlos, the first ship to enter San Francisco Bay
on August 5, 1775, named the cove north and west of Benicia Puerto
de las Asunta (Asumption Harbor in Spanish) because he discovered it
on that feast day in 1775. The cove is noted as "J" on Cañizares'
famous 1781 Map of San Francisco Bay. The present name,
Southhampton Bay, is for the Navy frigate Southampton, which
Commodore Thomas ap Catesby Jones sailed, along with a small fleet,
to the cove in 1849.
The sandstone point at Benicia SRA has been known
as Rocky Point, Quarry Point and now Dillon Point. Stonecutter
Patrick Dillon came to California from Tipperary, Ireland, during
the 1849 California Gold Rush, settling in Benicia in 1851. General
Vallejo leased Dillon the tidal flat at Southampton Bay and Rocky
Point peninsula for a sandstone quarry. When the sandstone played
out, the Dillon family and subsequent owners raised sheep and grapes
until the State acquired the property in 1967.
Location - Directions
The recreation area is
1.5 miles west of the outskirts of Benicia on I-780, take the
Columbus Parkway exit.
Latitude/Longitude: 38.0780/ -122.1926
Seasons/Climate Recommended Clothing
weather can be changeable; layered clothing is recommended.