Park Alerts & Notices

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San Elijo State Beach Lifeguard Headquarters

Rendering of the new Lifeguard HeadquartersRendering of the new Lifeguard Headquarters

Between May 2018 and November 2019 the new California State Parks Lifeguard Headquarters building at San Elijo State Beach will be under construction. For public safety, many campsites will remain closed during construction.  Once construction is complete and the area is re-opened to the public, the closed campsites will be added to the available inventory for reservations on Reserve California.


Construction will occur Monday-Friday and there may be construction noise heard near the work site.  Campsites 40, 50-78 will remain closed throughout the duration of the project.  The ramp access to the beach at Lifeguard Tower 16 will remain closed for the duration of the project.  Campers will use the stair access at SW#1 as the southernmost beach access.  Access to the San Elijo Campground dog beach will be through Cardiff State Beach (and not accessible if the lagoon is open). Thank you for your patience through this construction project.  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.

*We will notify campers prior to releasing camping inventory on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram



Below are current photos of the project. The Lifeguard Headquarters will be completed by October 2019. 


The Camp Store and Laundry facility at San Elijo SB is currently closed.  California State Parks is actively working through the bid process for the Camp Store at San Elijo State Beach.  During this period, we continue to sell firewood at the entrance station.  We thank our visitors for their patience and continued support. We are in the concession contract selection process and look forward to find vendors that will provide the best quality services to our visitors.  We anticipate that the store will re-open before Spring, 2020.


We have seasonal closures scheduled throughout the winter to do extensive maintenance throughout the park.  We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.  If you are unable to book a campsite at this campground, you may want to try the nearby campground, South Carlsbad SB.   

San Elijo SB Winter Closures:
  • 12/2/19 closure begins and campground is open for reservations again on 12/20/19 -  San Elijo North End Closure
  • 1/6/20 closure begins and campground is open for reservations on 1/17/20.  San Elijo North End Closure
  • 1/20/20 closure begins and campground is open for reservations on 2/2/20  San Elijo South End Closure
  • 2/2/20 closure begins and campground is open for reservations on 2/14/20.  Full Park Closure at San Elijo SB
  • 2/27/20 closure begins and campground is open for reservations on 3/3/20. San Elijo South End Closure

News for Campers:

Beginning April 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 April 1, 2018, at the San Diego Coast District Campgrounds including South Carlsbad State Beach, San Elijo State Beach and Silver Strand State Beach.


Due to the Lifeguard Headquarters Construction project, dog access to the beach in the campground will not be open to the public. To access the beach where dogs are permitted, the public will need to exit the campground and enter at the beach access from Coast Highway 101.


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.