6:00AM - 10:00PM
Monday - Sunday
Gates close at 9:00PM.
Huntington State Beach
Here are some guidelines for people visiting Huntington SB:
What is open now?
The following is open at the park:
- Parking is open to full capacity and parking lots close at 10 p.m.
- Limited bathroom facilities are also available.
- Fire rings
What is currently closed at this park and throughout the State Park System?
At this Park:
- The Lifeguard Headquarters and the park office remain closed
- Many campgrounds across the state remain closed until further notice. Some campgrounds have started to reopen with modifications. For more information, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/COVID19Camping.
- High public-use indoor facilities, including museums and visitor centers.
- Special events and tours continue to be canceled until further notice.
Are there any new visitor guidelines?
Yes, please see below:
- Stay Local: Stay close to home. Walk or bike into the park. Parking is very limited. Do not take road trips to parks and beaches or to neighboring states.
- Stay Active: Keep walking, jogging, hiking and biking. Watch for one-way trails.
- Stay Safer at 6 Feet: Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Gatherings, picnics and parties are not allowed. Visitors will be asked to leave if there are too many people at the park, beach or on trails to allow for the required physical distance.
- Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash.
- Stay Covered: The state now requires you to wear a face covering in most indoor settings and public outdoor spaces when you cannot maintain physical distancing of six feet or more from people outside of your immediate household. For details, please visit CDPH’s guidance here. Visitors should also abide by their local county health orders.
Thank you for your patience and continued support of California State Parks as we work to limit your risk for exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors. For more information, please visit parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.
In an effort to protect public health and the safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff as the state responds to the continued threat of COVID-19, California State Parks is temporarily closing the District Office, Sector Offices and Visitor Centers within the Orange Coast District. While we are not directly affected by COVID-19, we are monitoring the situation carefully and are committed to being responsive and following California Governor’s updated policy on social gatherings to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The parks will remain open for Day Use and Camping. We recognize the importance of visiting all the parks and beach within Orange Coast District represents an opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy fresh air with family and friends and escape from our daily routines. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause your visit. We thank you for your patience, trust and continued support. We’d also like to thank our volunteers and staff for their commitment and dedication as public servants through these challenging circumstances. For the most up-to-date information, please follow our Facebook page California State Parks – Orange Coast District.
Huntington State Beach is located in the City of Huntington Beach in Orange County. The 121 acre state beach is a popular destination for water enthusiasts of all ages and draws hundreds of thousands of visitors year round. Huntington in a great place to surf, swim, sunbathe, fish or just watch the sun set. Average summer temperatures range in the high 70s, while winter brings slightly cooler mid-60-degree weather. Morning fog is common. There are volleyball courts, basketball courts, fire-rings for bonfires and a multi-use trail. A paved beachside trail runs for 8.5 miles between Huntington and Bolsa Chica State Beaches, with the 3.5-mile Huntington City Beach wedged between them. Huntington was gifted to the state in 1942 and became a California state beach in 1963.
Surf City USA
In 1910, city founder Henry Huntington hired Hawaiian-born surfer George Freeth, the “father of modern surfing,” to demonstrate the ancient Polynesian art of riding waves on a long wooden board at Huntington. He surfed using heavy Hawaiian surfboards ranging from 10 to 16 feet long. The sport grew more popular in California after Hawaii’s Duke Kahanamoku surfed at Huntington Beach Pier in 1925. The first West Coast Surfing Championship was held at Huntington in 1959. Surfing became widespread in the early 1960s and surfboards continually evolved to become shorter, lighter and more maneuverable. The sport of surfing crested in Huntington Beach and it became known as “Surf City USA.” It is now the home to the Surfer’s Hall of Fame, the International Surfing Museum, and hosts the U.S. Open of Surfing; the world’s largest annual surf competition.
Huntington State Beach is a premier spot for surfing. Between late spring, summer and into the fall, Huntington receives all swells directly from the South; making for prime waves. When the surf breaks in shallower water, it causes incoming waves to form a desirable curled shape as they crest. Due to the Santa Ana River Jetties located at the southern end of the beach, large sandbars extend across and upcoast approximately 1 mile. These sandbars shift dramatically during the spring and summer seasons thus creating dangerous conditions. Surf at this beach often breaks very steep, rapid and hollow. Novice surfers are not encouraged to surf at this location. Shortboards are highly recommended.
Swimming is allowed at Huntington State Beach with lifeguard services available. Ocean currents can be extremely dangerous at this beach creating large rip currents. Aquatic rescues are more than common and the probability of drowning for a non-swimmer in unguarded water is likely. Swimmers are advised to take extreme caution, remain close to shore and in front of a lifeguard tower. Huntington tends to be less breezy than nearby upcoast locations, nevertheless can be cold at times.
Huntington is a popular place for surf fishing. Anglers can catch perch, corbina, croaker, cabezon and shovelnose guitarfish. Grunion Run events are scheduled during the summer and draw crowds for bare-handed fishing. This State Beach does permit surf fishing as long as there are no nearby swimmers. A valid CA Fishing License must be displayed as required.
Huntington State Beach is the home of “California Least Terns,” an endangered species and is a nesting sanctuary of the “Snowy Plover,” a threatened species. Once-endangered “California Brown Pelicans” can often be seen skimming the shoreline. The Snowy Plover Reserve is located at the southern end of the beach between Talbert Channel and the Santa Ana River. Trespassing is prohibited and dogs are not allowed on the sand or anywhere near the Reserve. Across from the state beach is the 114-acre Huntington Beach Wetlands, operated by the Department of Fish and Game.
This state beach provides large fire rings for “bonfires” across the beach. These fire rings are on a first come- first serve basis. Large fires are permitted as long as wood pallets are not used. Bonfires can remain until 2130 HRS; at that time all visitors must exit the state beach. The beach entrance closes at 2100 HRS, and the state beach officially closes at 2200 HRS.
Note: Huntington State Beach is for day-use only; camping is not permitted.
Aquatic safety at Huntington State Beach is provided by the California State Parks Lifeguard Service. Lifeguards patrol the beach year-round while lifeguard towers are staffed roughly Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
Huntington State Beach extends two miles from Beach Boulevard south to the Santa Ana River on the Newport Beach boundary.
Address: 21601 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92646 (mailing address for Bolsa Chica and Huntington State Beach)
Our 200 fire rings are first come first serve, unless reserved with a picnic area (view our page regarding picnic reservations).
NO charcoal grills allowed. Coal and wood may be used in the fire rings only. You may bring your own propane grill but it must be at least 18" off the ground. Propane grills can be put anywhere on the beach behind the line of Lifeguard Towers.
NO alcohol allowed, unless approved with a Special Events Permit (view our page regarding Special Events).
NO balloons or piñata type items allowed on the beach. These items may be harmful to wildlife.
NO enclosed tents. Ez-ups and open tarps only.
NO dogs on sand. They can be on a leash on the multi-use trail (bike path) only. View the document regarding information on Service Animals in State Parks.
RVs: NO pop-outs/awnings allowed. You may bring your RV, but you must be inside it or on the beach. Each parking space must be available for a paid parked vehicle at all times.