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Hazardous trees throughout the San Elijo SB Campground park will be trimmed by a contracted tree trimming service the first week of December.  Affected campsites are closed for the project, but there may be some excess noise in adjacent campsites and throughout the park between 8:00am-4:00pm on Tuesday, December 5th and Wednesday, December 6th.  Any cancellation or reservation changes will be processed through or by contacting ReserveCalifornia at 1-800-444-7275.  Normal change fees apply.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.      

News for Campers:

Beginning March 1, 2018, there will be a $10.00 fee for use of the dump station in most California State Parks.  California State Parks is partnering with Sani-Star, a provider of self-pay stations for sewage dumps, to secure the dump station and collect fees for use.  Sani-Star accepts credit and debit cards right at the dump station. 

This Sani-Star partnership and new fee collection system will allow State Parks to control the sanitary dump station and prevent illegal use, in order to help us protect the environment. This partnership will assist State Parks in the recovery of rising fees from the sanitary and water districts and offset maintenance costs.  This pay per use system allows us to continue with our low camping fees without assessing a dump fee applied to all campers, only those using the dump facilities will be affected.

In the San Diego Coast District, the $10.00 fee for use is charged only to those that would like to use the group dump station located within our three State Park Campgrounds.  This is a change from our current policy, which had included the use of the sanitary dump station with a campsite registration fee.  Please note: this does not apply to those registered campers using campsites, with designated sewage hook-ups.  Campers within designated sewage hook-up campsites have already paid the sewage hook-up fee within the cost of the campsite.  This policy is in effect, starting March 1, 2018, at the San Diego Coast District Campgrounds including South Carlsbad State Beach, San Elijo State Beach and Silver Strand State Beach.


As of June 1st, 2016, all wood burning fires are prohibited on our State Beaches where established fire rings are not provided. Propane fire pits or butane burners are permitted. View the full media release here (Media Release)

California drought restrictions have been lifted. We are in the process of replacing all water stations within in our state parks to ensure they are all in proper working order. We encourage the public to continue to conserve water. 

Coming Soon
San Elijo State Beach Lifeguard Headquarters

Rendering of the new Lifeguard HeadquartersRendering of the new Lifeguard Headquarters

Beginning January 2018-June 2019, California State Parks will be constructing the new Lifeguard Headquarters building at San Elijo State Beach. Construction will occur Monday-Friday, but major electrical and plumbing work will keep some of the campsites closed during the construction process. There may be construction noise during the week. Access to the San Elijo Campground dog beach will be through Cardiff State Beach. This new state of the art facility will house public safety vehicles, a communications center, and an observation deck.  The Lifeguard Headquarters building will greatly improve response times, access to medical aid, and better protect the safety of visitors as they enjoy numerous outdoor recreational opportunities.