Pedestrian Day Use hours are from 6:00am-10:00pm.
Vehicle Day Use hours are from 7:00am - One Hour Past Sunset.
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! Visitors at Pismo State Beach enjoy many diverse outdoor activites including: camping, surfing, swimming, fishing and bird watching. There are also walking trails along the coastal sand dune habitat and around the freshwater Oceano Lagoon. Be sure to stop by the Oceano Dunes District Vistor Center to learn about our free educational programs and don't miss the special opportunity to observe Western Monarch Butterflies in the Pismo State Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove (November-February)!
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.
Day use passes are $5.00 per vehicle entering the beach. 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. If you are seeking information about off road recreation, please visit the Oceano Dunes SVRA website.
Campfires 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. Fires must be fully extinguished with water and left exposed, never burried in sand.
Dogs are allowed on the beach and park trails but must be kept on a leash, not longer than six (6) feet, at all times. Dogs are not allowed at the Pismo Dune Preserve or at Oso Flaco Lake.
All camping reservations must be made online at Reserve California 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 (6) months in advance, but they must be made at least 48 hours prior to arrival. A maximum of two (2) licensed vehicles (including motorcycles, trailers and RVs) are allowed per campsite. Vehicles may be parked only in your assigned campsite. Check-out time is noon and check-in time is 2pm.
Both campgrounds within Pismo State Beach provide conventional amenities such restrooms, pay operated hot-showers, picnic tables and a camp fire ring. Firewood is available for sale at the Camp Host Campsites or by inquiring with park staff at the kiosk. Fee-based RV Dump Stations are located within the entrance to the North Beach Campground and at Le Sege Drive near the dirt parking lot at the Grande Avenue entrance to the Oceano Dunes SVRA. The price per campsite does not include the use of the dump station; the dump fee is $10 and is payable by credit card.
If you are seeking information about the primitive beach camping, please visit the Oceano Dunes SVRA Website.
For more details about camping at California State Parks, including cancellation and modification policies, please see the Camping Information Website.
North Beach Campground features tent camping facilities and a campfire center. There are no hook-up sites available in this campground. Visitors can access the beach from the campground and enjoy the the views along Carpenter Creek. The Pismo State Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove is accessible from the campground. In the summer months, Jr. Ranger Programs and Campfire Programs are held at the campfire center. Click here to view a map of the North Beach Campground: North Beach Campground Map
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. Click here to view a map of the North Beach Campground: Oceano Campground Map
Located at 555 Pier Avenue at the entrance to the Oceano Campground, the Oceano Dunes District 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 pick up an interpretive activity booklet.
Open Daily: Noon - 4:00 PM
Join State Park Interpreters around the campfire on Saturday nights for fun and interactive presentations about local wildlife and cultural topics. All ages welcome.
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. Programs are offered in the Oceano Campground Campfire Center and the North Beach Campfire Center on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30am.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Oceano Dunes District Interperters have adapted learning materials to be accesible online in digital formats. For links to our recorded Junior Ranger, Little Ranger, and Campfire Program Videos, please visit our District YouTube Channel and visit our Education Programs Page for handouts and online material to print at home for your children.
Help Secret Agent Bill the Beaver on his mission to discover the Oceano Lagoon at the Oceano Dunes District. Download the Agents of Discovery App on your smartphone or tablet and select the Oceano Lagoon mission!
The App is FREE and does not require WiFi or cellular data to play once installed! Agents of Discovery is an augmented reality App that allows users to independently explore the park through playing interactive games and triva. At the park, users are able to search for challenges and answer questions about wildlife and the cultural history of the Northern Chumash Native Americans.
Special Events/Film Permits
Special events require an advanced permit through the California Department of Parks and Recreation. Please contact the district office for more information.
There are ADA accessible restrooms at Grand Avenue and Pier Avenue beach access ramps. Sand wheel chairs are available at all park entrance stations free of charge, on a first come first serve basis. 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.