Beach fire pits and bonfires - California

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A beach bonfire in a fire ring is a time-honored tradition California residents and visitors enjoy as the sun goes down over a perfect California beach evening. Fire pits are usually large cement rings in the sand to build your very own bonfire, though in places such as Oceano Dunes Vehicle Recreation Area and its beach where cars can drive right on the beach in Grover Beach, you can pull your car onto the sand and simply set the wood out on the beach and light it, or dig your own pit. Some beaches provide fire pits free, first come-first serve. You bring the wood with you for the fire. Some beaches such as many state beaches offer them to the campsite guests as part of their camping fee. It can be fun to add storytellers to your bonfire experience, making it memorable. Of 108 state parks, 29 allow fires for beach vacationers and visitors (excluding camping). The Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors maintains fire rings at Dockweiler Beach in Playa del Rey.

Below is a list of beaches with bonfires and policies stated at the time we performed research for this page.  Please be sure to check the links listed to get the accurate, up-to-date information. Don't count on a ring being there until you speak with the official beach agency. Firepits for bonfires create instant gathering places for entertainment and sharing, which is why they are such a popular activity. At most beaches during summer, weekend evenings, 4th of July and other large beach attendance days, your chance of getting a fire pit is greatly diminished as some of the visitors go at the crack of dawn to stake out a claim on a pit. What type of wood is best for your beach fire? According to studies at Santa Cruz campgrounds fire rings, concentrated residue containing arsenic was discovered as a bi-product of pressure treated wood used in campfires. Stick with unprocessed wood  often sold at concessions near the beach to avoid contamination. Don't use discarded wood from household furniture with varnishes and paint and wood containing nails.


Note: The information below is part of an ever-changing situation. Updates will be made as we become aware of any bonfire ring removals.

City Location web / contact
Aliso Viejo Beach Laguna Beach
Arcata Mad River Beach
Capistrano Beach Capistrano Beach
Carlsbad South Carlsbad State Beach
Carmel Carmel City Beach  - free
Corona del Mar Corona del Mar State Beach
Coronado Glorietta Bay Beach  &  Park- free
Dana Point Doheny Beach -
Grover Beach Oceano Dunes State Vehicular
Recreation Beach
- free
Huntington Beach Bolsa Chica State Beach -
Huntington Beach City Beach - free
Huntington Beach Huntington State Beach -
Laguna Beach Aliso Beach- free
Los Angeles  Dockweiler Beach - free
Marin County Marin County Beaches various agencies
Newport Beach west of Balboa Pier - free
Newport Beach east of Balboa Pier - free
Newport Beach Crystal Cove -
Ocean Beach Ocean Beach - free
Oceanside Oceanside City Beach - free
Orange County Orange County Beaches - some various agencies
Pismo Beach Pismo State Beach - free
Oceano Dunes State Beach
Point Reyes Drakes Beach, McClures Beach -free
San Clemente San Clemente State Beach - free
San Clemente San Onofre State Beach -
San Diego Mission Bay - free
San Diego Mission Beach - free
San Diego Ocean Beach - free
San Diego Pacific Beach - free
San Diego Silver Strand State Beach -Removed?
San Francisco Ocean Beach - free
San Francisco Muir Beach - free
San Pedro Cabrillo Beach - free
Santa Cruz Seabright State Beach
Sonoma Sonoma Coast State Beach
Sonoma Pomo Canyon Environmental Camp
Sonoma Willow Creek Environmental Camp
Sonoma Wright's Beach

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