Pismo State Beach

Phone Number

(805) 473-7220

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 31 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 36 Feet

Park Hours

Day Use hours are from 6:00am-11:00pm

Driving Directions to Pismo SB

The beach is located in the town of Oceano off Highway 1.

Camping and Lodging

Visitors will be able to reserve campsites and lodging six months in advance from the current date. Bookings may extend from the arrival date to the desired departure date – based on availability and the park’s maximum stay rules.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

OVERNIGHT FACILITIES
Family Campsites
RV Sites w/Hookups
RV Dump Station
RV Access
TRAIL USE
Hiking Trails
Horseback Riding
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Fishing
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
Beach Area
Swimming
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Windsurfing/Surfing
Family Programs
Geocaching
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Food Service
Restrooms / Showers
Restrooms
Drinking Water Available
Wheelchair Accessible

Welcome to Pismo State Beach!  Located along the beautiful Central Coast of California, Pismo State Beach has a pleasant year round climate making it ideal for outdoor recreation and exploring!  Pismo State Beach offers visitors the options to choose from many diverse activites including: camping, surfing, swimming, fishing, bird watching, walking trails, a boardwalk through the dunes, a vistor center, free educational programs, a freshwater lagoon and the opportunity to observe Western Monarch Butterflies (November-February).  

 

Day Use

Day use hours are from 6:00am to 11:00pm. Day use passes are $5.00 per vehicle entering the beach. Passes may sell out on summer weekends and holidays.

Motor vehicles may access the beach at the end of West Grand Avenue located in Grover Beach.  The speed limit on the beach is 15 MPH. It is strongly recommended that only those with four-wheel drive vehicles access the beach. For more information on beach camping and OHV use, please visit the website for Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreational Area by Click Here 

Visitors wanting to access the beach by foot may park their vehicles in the lot located off of West Grand Avenue near Fin’s Bar & Grill Restaurant. A boardwalk to the beach and public restrooms are available for visitors.

Camp fires are allowed on the beach but must not be greater than three feet in diameter and two feet in height. Only wood and untreated wood products free of metal, petroleum products or other toxic substances shall be used.

Dogs are also allowed on the beach but must be kept on a leash, not longer than six feet, at all times.

Camping

All camping reservations must be made online at ReserveCalifornia.com or by calling Reserve California at 1-800-444-7275 8:00am - 6:00pm Pacific Time (PT). Reservations are required during peak season and holiday weekends. Reservations may be made up to six months in advance, but they must be made at least 48 hours prior to arrival. Both campgrounds provide conventional amenities such restrooms, pay operated hot-showers, picnic tables and a camp fire ring. 

North Beach Campground features tent camping facilities and a campfire center. Visitors can also access the beach from the campground and enjoy the the views along Carpenter Creek. The Pismo State Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove is also accessible from the campground. In the summer months, Jr. Ranger Programs and Campfire Programs are held at the campfire center. Summer 2019 programming is cancelled due to campfire center upgrades.  You can access online Jr Ranger program materials by Clicking Here or visit the Oceano Dunes Visitor Center.

Oceano Campground features both hook-up RV sites and tent camping sites. Visitors can access the beach from the campground, explore wildlife along a freshwater lagoon, and enjoy the Visitor Center.  In the summer months, Jr. Ranger Programs and Campfire Programs are held at the campfire center.

Oceano Dunes District Visitor Center

Located at 555 Pier Avenue, at the entrance to the Oceano Campground, the newly remodeled Oceano Dunes Visitor Center is a one stop place to learn about the park and local area.   Friendly staff and volunteers will help answer your questions about the park and local area.  This interpretive center will introduce you to the history of the area, teach you about local wildlife and give you fun ideas for adventuring in the park! Kids can enjoy hands-on activities and pick up an interpretive activity booklet. 

  • OPEN DAILY: 12pm-4pm 

Summer 2019 Programming

Campfire Programs

Join Interpretive Park Rangers for a fun and interactive presentation about local wildlife and cultural topics.  After the sun goes down, gather around our community campfire and learn something new! All ages welcome.  

When:  8pm Friday and Saturday

Where:  The Campfire Center at the Oceano Campground in Pismo State Beach

Jr Rangers

Children ages 7-12 are invited to become Jr. Rangers at Pismo State Beach!  Join our Interpretive Park Rangers for fun activities as you learn about the outdoors!  At your first Junior Ranger program you will get a logbook and badge.  

When: 10:30am - 11:00am Thursday, Friday, Saturday 

Where: The Campfire Center at the Oceano Campground in Pismo State Beach

Fishing

Pismo Clams

Pismo Clams are bivalves, which means they have two siphones and a two halfed shell.  These clams bury themselves a few inches below the wet sand using their digging foot.  The intake valve draws seawater into the body of the clam to capture diatoms, algae and plankton!  In 1947, Pismo Beach deemed itself the "Clam Capital of the World".  The Pismo Clam and the Pacific Razor Clam made up most of the catch by clammers. The largest Pismo Clam recorded in California came from Pismo Beach and was 7.37 inches across and estimated to be 26 years old.  An influx of clammers and sea otters (natural predators to the Pismo Clam) led to the depletion of the Pismo Clam population. Pismo clam populations fluctuate dramatically due to a variety of natural influences. 

A fragile and valuable resource, Pismo clams may be taken under the following regulations:

  • Clammers must have a fishing licenseand an accurate (rigid) measuring device in possession.
  • Only Pismo clams at least 4 1/2" in length may be possessed.
  • Undersized Pismo clams must be immediately reburied in the area where dug.
  • Bag limit is 10 Pismo clams.
  • Hours of clamming are 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.

The Pacific Razor Clam can be taken at all times during the year, with a valid fishing licence.  There is a limit of 20 clams per person.  

Surf Fishing

Surf fishing is a popular activity along the shoreline here at Pismo Beach State Beach.  A fishing licence is required.  For information on licensing, species, size, and take limits, please visit California Fish and Wildlife at www.wildlife.ca.gov.  The ocean can be dangerous and unpredictable.  Never turn your back on the waves and be aware of your surrounding at all times while fishing.  Sand bars are evershifting and strong ripcurrents are prevalent along this coastline. 

Freshwater Fishing

The Oceano Lagoon is located behind the Oceano Dunes Visitor Center and the Oceano Campground.  A fishing licence is required.  For information on licensing, species, size, and take limits, please visit California Fish and Wildlife at www.wildlife.ca.gov There is an ADA accesible fishing platform.  

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Accessibility

There are ADA accessible restrooms at Grand Avenue and Pier Avenue beach access ramps. Sand wheel chairs are available at all park entrance stations. There is an ADA accessible boardwalk with viewing platforms that begins at Grand Avenue and travels north the foredunes. California State Parks supports equal access. Visitors who need assistance should contact the Oceano Dunes District Ranger Station at (805) 473-7220 or 711 TYY relay service prior to arrival.