Benicia State Recreation Area

Benicia State Recreation Area 

The 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 1/2 miles of road and bike paths. Picnicking, bird watching and fishing are also attractions.  Dogs must be on a leash at all times. 

Picnic areas and public restrooms are available.

The marshland area on Dillon’s Point is a particularly favorite place for fishing. A parking fee is required. 

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.

Forest Deaner Botanic Garden

Within the Benicia State Recreation Area is the Forest Deaner Botanic garden.  The garden represents over 250 species of native plants on 3.5 acres overlooking Southampton Bay. The Garden has been recognized as one of the thirteen leading native plant collections in the State.  Forrest E. Deaner inspired and helped organize a native plant botanic garden in California. It is near the town of historic Benicia and has views of the Carquinez Strait, the San Joaquin River and the Sacramento River. It has a Butterfly/Hummingbird Garden, a Riparian Garden, a Residential/Community Garden, a Native American Garden, a Wildflower Meadow and a collection of Oaks and other Native trees.

Benicia State Recreation Area