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A Bolsa Chica Sunset
Looking south on a busy summer day
Looking north from lifeguard station 23
Bolsa Chica Surf

Bolsa Chica State Beach is a public beach managed by the California Department of Parks and Recreation. It is located in Orange County, city of Huntington Beach.

The State Beach is a popular place for surf fishing. Perch, corbina, croaker, cabezon and Shovelnose guitarfish are among the fish that can be caught there. Most popular location for fishing is around the recently opened channel, Tidal Inlet Channel, located at the southern most end of the beach.

During the summer months near new and full moons, grunion (a sardine-sized fish) come to sandy beaches such as Bolsa Chica to spawn. State law requires a fishing permit for adults, and the fish must be caught by hand.

The beach extends three miles (5 km) from Sunset Beach (Warner Ave.), south to Seapoint Ave. where the Huntington City Beach begins. The Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is located across the busy Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) from the beach and is a popular spot for birdwatching.

Lifeguard Services at Bolsa Chica State Beach are 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.



California State Parks Lifeguards patrol in a variety of vehicles

The area that is now Bolsa Chica State Beach used to be called "Tin Can Beach" by locals.[1]


Bolsa Chica State Beach provides recreational opportunities such as surfing, fishing, bicycle riding, RV camping, basketball, kite flying, etc.


Bicycle path

Bolsa Chica Bicycle Path.

The Bolsa Chica bicycle path is a multi-use path that runs adjacent to the sand along the length of Bolsa Chica State Beach through Huntington City Beach. It is designed for leisurely cruises, and riders will be stopped by the lifeguards and told to slow down for exceeding the 5 mph (8.0 km/h) limit.


A bridge takes PCH and multi-use trail over a "Tidal Inlet Channel" which was built as part of the 2004-2006 Bolsa Chica wetlands recovery project. An informative display of the recovery effort and massive project can be seen at the Bolsa Chica State Beach Visitor Center.


  1. ^ "The History". Huntington Beach City Guide. Retrieved 2008-02-21.  

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A Lifeguard tower

Coordinates: 33°41′44″N 118°02′56″W / 33.69542°N 118.04878°W / 33.69542; -118.04878


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