Park Alerts & Notices


The Camp Store and Laundry facility at San Elijo SB is currently closed.  California State Parks has selected a vendor that will provide the best quality services and are currently working through the concession contracting process.  During this period, we continue to sell firewood at the entrance station.  We thank our visitors for their patience and continued support. We anticipate that the store will re-open before Spring, 2021.


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:
  • 1/4/2021 closure begins and campground reopens for reservations again on 1/15/2021 -  San Elijo north (sites: 130-171) and partial south (sites: 40-92) closure.
  • 1/19/2021 closure begins and campground reopens for reservations on 2/12/2021.  San Elijo north (sites: 130-171) and partial south (sites: 40-92)  closure.
  • 2/16/2021 closure begins and campground reopens for reservations on 3/2/2021  San Elijo south (1-129) 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.


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.