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Sandy beach
Yes
Hike-in Required
No
Surfing
No
Snorkeling / SCUBA
No
Please respect the outdoors and leave no trace. One tip how to dispose of waste properly: Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products. For more information, visit https://lnt.org/learn/7-principles

Pelican State Beach is the northernmost beach in California and connects to Crissey Field State Recreation Beach (Oregon's southernmost beach). The parking area and access point is tucked away and hidden from view with no road signs directing your attention to the beach's presence. After driving down a gravel road rife with pot holes, parking can be found on the left side. A short trail leads past blackberry bushes with ripe summer berries and through a grassy section. Here large logs rest, washed up from large swells after being thrown into the ocean by rivers and cliffside disturbances. Another few steps takes visitors onto the beach where one can walk north or south, enjoying this coastal section. If one walks far enough north they will enter Oregon on foot and reach Crissey Field State Recreation Site.

Pelican State Beach borders the Pyramid Point State Marine Conservation Area, a location designated for protection of the ocean ecosystem. Before fishing or taking any organism from this beach, check the Marine Protected Area regulations.

Logistics + Planning

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Northernmost beach in California.

Cons

Rough road.

Address

US-101
17200
Smith River, CA 95567
United States

Features

Bird watching
Wildlife

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Southern Oregon Coast + Rogue River, Oregon
Ludlum House Recreation Area

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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