Temporary Phase Two
Vehicle Day Use: 7am – 8pm
Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Available for Review
State Parks has prepared a Draft Public Works Plan and associated Draft EIR for Pismo State Beach and Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area for compliance with the California Coastal Act and recommendations for improvement in additional Park Management Programs and Plans. The Draft Plan (Volume 1), Existing Conditions (Volume 2), and Draft EIR (Volume 3) are available for review at www.oceanodunespwp.com/en/documents/draft-eir.
The Draft EIR is available for public review and comment beginning December 31, 2020 and comments are due on April 19, 2021, at 5 pm to accommodate a California Coastal Commission hearing for these draft documents.
Please submit written comments to:
California State Parks
Strategic Planning and Recreation Services Division
1725 23rd Street, Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95816
By email: OceanoDunes.PWP.EIR@parks.ca.gov
State Vehicular Recreation Area
One of several off-highway vehicle (OHV) areas administered by the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) offers visitors recreational activities such as swimming, surfing, surf fishing, camping and hiking.
Day Use Hours
During Phase Two, the Oceano Dunes SVRA will temporarily be open daily from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. for day use.
Drivers are advised that the dunes and topography changed during the closure of the park unit, creating unfamiliar terrain. All drivers are being asked to drive with care and provide shorebirds and pedestrians plenty of space as they enjoy the park. The speed limit on the beach is 15 miles per hour.
As the State of California continues to protect Californians from the COVID-19 pandemic and for the protection of natural resources, the daily allowed number of “street legal” vehicles will be temporarily limited to 1,000 per day, “Green and Red Sticker” OHV to 1,000 per day and 100 camping permits per night. While State Parks does not anticipate this operational change to impact visitation since this is considered the off-season, there may be instances where the maximum allowance of vehicles will be met, and no further vehicles will be allowed to enter the beach due to the temporary capacity requirement. All camping reservations must be made through Reserve California. Please monitor the district's Facebook and Twitter for updates on day use capacity.
Dangerous currents, called rip currents, are caused by the combination of wave action and the shape of the shoreline. Should you become caught in a rip current while swimming, don't try to swim against the current. Swim parallel to the shore until you're out of the rip. Then make your way to shore. There is lifeguard service available at Oceano Dunes SVRA June through Labor Day.
In case of an emergency, contact a Ranger or dial 911 from a cell phone and advise that you are at Oceano Dunes SVRA. An emergency solar-powered call-box is located at the entrance to Sand Highway at approximately Post 4-1/2. Do not move an injured person unless he is in immediate danger.
Special event applications may be considered at this time. All events must follow guidelines to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Please contact the district office for more information.
OHV rental services will not be available until phase three of the reopening plan.