|This 3,600 acre off road area is among the most popular and unique of California State Parks . The 5 ½ miles of beach open for vehicle use and the 1,500 acres of sand dunes available for off highway motor vehicle recreation are attractions for visitors from throughout the United States.
Oceano Dunes is the only California State Park where vehicles may be driven on the beach. Passenger cars can easily drive on the northern portion of the beach.
Four wheel drive vehicles are recommended for driving to the camping and off highway vehicle use areas in the park. Beach wheelchairs are available for loan at the Pier and Grand Avenue entrances to the beach.
The Oceano Dunes SVRA District Office is located at:
340 James Way
Pismo Beach, CA 93449
Alternative Access Study
OHV's must be transported to this point before unloading. Any areas on the beach or in the dunes that are fenced or signed are closed to vehicular use because they either contain sensitive plant and animal life or are private property.
The prevailing winds that blow in from the ocean push sand particles up into wave-like crests that run north-south. On the west or windward side the slope is gentle. On the east or leeward side the slope is quite steep. Sand grains, as they are blown over the dune crest tend to accumulate high on the leeward slope; then, periodically thin tongues of sand slide down. For this reason the leeward slope is called a "slipface."
Online reservations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reservations can be made 7 months in advance on the first day of the month beginning at 8:00 a.m. PST via the website, by mail, or by calling the toll free telephone number at 1-800-444-7275 (PARK).
Due to seasonal volume, access to the Reserve America's website and telephone line may be limited at times.
Download a Camping Reservation Guide . You will adobe acrobat to open this file.Reserving Campsites
On the first of each month, campers will have access to an entire month of available start dates, up to 7 months in advance. See the chart below to help you find out when you can make reservations.
You may secure camping reservations as late as 2 days prior to your planned arrival, but it is subject to availability.
Website inventory for the "on sale dates" are available at 8:00 a.m. the same time the inventory is made available over the telephone. After that time the data is available for reservations 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
|•||Campsite assignments are made upon your arrival.|
|•||For after-hours staff assistance contact the camp hosts who are located within the park to take reports of any problems or call 911.|
|•||All vehicles in the park must be currently registered with a receipt displayed on the lower left corner of the windshield.|
|•||A maximum of 3 vehicles per campsite are permitted at one time|
|•||Bicyclists under the age of 18 years old must ride with a protective helmet|
|•||Generators can only be on between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.|
|•||Dogs must be kept on leashes no longer than 6' and in a tent or enclosed vehicle at night. Except for guide dogs, pets are not allowed in park buildings, on trails, or on most beaches. Check out our map (link) that shows beaches where dogs are permitted.|
|•||Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times|
|•||Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m.|
|•||Coin operated showers are available at most campgrounds. Prices are usually twenty-five cents.|
Beach Camping at Oceano
State Vehicular Recreation Area Camping is allowed south of Post 2 on the beach and in the open dune area. Vault toilets and chemical toilets are provided, but water must be brought in and trash must be packed out. Campsite reservation information can be obtained by calling 1-800-444-7275. Campsites are available by reservation year-round and can be made from 10 days to six months in advance. Reservations are highly recommended, especially for holiday periods.
Le Sage Drive , 1/10 miles North of Grand Ave. on Hwy 1, is available to campers.
|Dangerous currents, called riptides, are caused by the combination of wave action and the shape of the shoreline. Should you become caught in a riptide 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.|
All OHVs must be registered through the Department of Motor Vehicles and display a current green sticker. Funds generated from OHV registration are used for acquisition, development, and operation of OHV areas.
OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE USE
Driving an OHV can be an exciting, yet dangerous, adventure. You can minimize your chance of injury and maximize your enjoyment through common sense, intelligent vehicle operation and by extending courtesy and respect to other riders.