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From California Beaches web site comes this photo of the Huntington Beach Pier at sunset. The Huntington Beach Pier has been built and destroyed by nature several times during its hundred year history as a fishing pier, attraction, lookout point for enemy attack during WWII and pleasure pier in later years.



Huntington Beach Pier in its current form is an engineering design built to withstand large storms that destroyed other forms of the pier previously.  It's concrete pilings are epoxy coated with a special chemical that protects piling strength for longevity.  It's absolutely a delight to stroll the pier at sunset and watch the light fade into night. Take a jacket!


California Piers - Beach California Photos include pictures of over 20 piers in California. The history of the California piers and beaches that lead to this interesting structures begins around the time of the California Gold Rush when commerce was in full swing and ports were needed to get goods to a booming populace. Back to BEACH PHOTOS 

California Pier structures generally made from wood, cement and other materials are beautiful to photograph, especially at sunset.



California piers and wharfs often began simply for the use of docking ships to load and unload cargo. During the time when the only personal vehicular traffic was by horse and stage coach, an infrastructure of steam engine trains was built as close as possible to the piers and wharfs. It was the best mode of transportation for getting the food and products to the growing town and cities.



As California grew during a 50 year period from 1850 to 1900, a new, popular form of entertainment was invented in California to entice tourists and settlers to the far reaches of the California beaches. Pleasure piers were created in grand style, complete with amusements, roller coasters and were often connected to additional entertainment popular during the prohibition—rum runner gambling ships off shore.



From San Diego's Belmont Park with The Plunge Pool (still in operation) at the beach to Seal Beach's Scintillator Thrill Ride, Long Beach Pike (re-created recently minus the rides), Santa Monica Pier amusements (refurbished and operating today), the Cement Ship (now in ruins) near Santa Cruz and the most glorious Santa Cruz Board Walk, the finest example of California beach entertainment that's still operating successfully, California pier amusements brought the people to the coast and got them to do what was hoped.


They bought land, settled and now make up the largest population of California residents as coastal dwellers.

Pier 39 at San Francisco has long remained an entertainment complex as well. It includes ports for boat tours, restaurants, shops and some museums.  Pier 39 reflects the modern-day approach to pier development. Thrill rides are not prevalent.



The piers tend to provide a few shops, restaurants and what came into being as the Pier Fishing regulation. In the early 1900s, it was determined that while so many regulations were required to fish on the California coast, one exemption was created and remains in place—pier fishing. Unfortunately the fish caught at many of California's piers near cities are not recommended for consumption or not recommended for pregnant women or for eating in small quantities. The one free source of food is not generally a reliable food stuff for those who fish at California piers. California pier fishing is a mainly a sport. California Piers - more Also check below for list of California Fishing Piers listing availability of handicap parking and restroom facilities.


HP = Handicapped Parking
HR = Handicapped Restrooms

  • ALAMEDA Berkeley Fishing Pier, HP, Staghorn sculpin, surfperch, jacksmelt, Not posted

  • F.D. Roosevelt Fishing Pier, HR, Not available Pier parking lot is usually filled by nonpier users; the pier receives little use as a fishing area, Not posted

  • San Leandro Fishing Platform, No HP or HR, Staghorn sculpin, Not posted,

CONTRA COSTA

  • Antioch Pier, San Joaquin River, No HP or HR, Catfish, striped bass, Posted

  • Martinez Fishing Pier, HP, Not available, Not know if posted

  • Pt. Pinole Fishing Pier, HP; HR, Staghorn sculpin, surfperch, Pier is well-traveled but wheelchairs and crutches can be used, Not posted

FRESNO

  • California Aqueduct, Highway 198, No HP or HR, Warmwater fish, striped bass, Posted

  • San Joaquin Hatchery Settling Ponds, No HP or HR, Trout Open to general public with good access by crutches, Not posted

HUMBOLDT

  • Mouth of Mad River, FA No HP or HR, Salmon, steelhead, sculpin, starry flounder, surfperch, Ordinary restrooms, good fishing access, Not posted

IMPERIAL

  • Finney-Ramer Unit, No HP or HR, Catfish, bass, Good access, Not posted

  • Wister Wildlife Unit, No HP or HR, Catfish, bass, crappie, bluegill, Good fishing access for disabled, Not posted

KINGS

  • California Aqueduct—Avenal Cutoff Fishing Access Site, No HP or HR, Warmwater fish, striped bass, Not posted

  • California Aqueduct—Kettleman City Fishing Access Site, No HP or HR, Warmwater fish, striped bass, Not known if posted

LOS ANGELES

  • Cabrillo Fishing Pier, HP, White croaker, Pacific mackerel, Ordinary restrooms; pier surface cement; rail height 44 inches, Posted

  • Malibu Pier, HP, Surfperch, corbina, jacksmelt, bonito, mackerel, Newly refurbished by the Wildlife Conservation Board explicitly for the handicapped

  • Manhattan Pier, HP, Surfperch, corbina, jacksmelt, bonito, mackerel, Ordinary restrooms; pier surface cement; rail height 36 inches, Posted

  • Redondo Beach Fishing Pier, No HP or HR, Silversides, jacksmelt, halibut, Some restroom stalls large enough for wheelchairs; pier surface wood; rail height 44 inches, Not posted

  • Santa Monica Pier, HP, Surfperch, corbina, jacksmelt, bonito, mackerel, Ordinary restrooms; pier surface wood and cement; rail height 43 inches, Posted

  • Venice Fishing Pier, HP, Pacific mackerel, queenfish, jack mackerel, halibut, Ordinary restrooms; pier surface cement; rail height 41 inches, Posted

MARIN

  • Paradise Beach Fishing Pier, HP (1 space); HR, Surfperch, Staghorn sculpin, County operated; trails can be steep but should not be a deterrent, Not posted

MERCED

  • Los Banos Wildlife Area, No HP or HR, Catfish, carp, crappie, bass, Available to general public, Not posted

  • Mojave Narrows Regional Park (owned SAN JOAQUIN by DFG, leased and managed by county), No HP or HR, Largemouth bass, channel catfish, rainbow trout, bluegill, bullhead catfish, Fairly good access for disabled, Not posted

MONTEREY

  • Monterey Wharf #2, HP (1 space), Mackerel, bonito, sanddabs, starry flounder, jacksmelt, Ordinary restrooms; pier surface planked; rail height 43 inches; continuous 8-inch curb runs entire length of pier making access to railing difficult, Not known if posted

ORANGE

  • Balboa Pier, HR, Surfperch, corbina, jacksmelt, bonito, mackerel, Pier surface cement; rail height 36 inches, Posted

  • Dana Point Pier, HP; HR, Surfperch, corbina, jacksmelt, bonito, mackerel, Pier surface wood; rail height 36 inches, Posted

  • Huntington Pier, HR, Surfperch, corbina, mackerel, Pier surface cement; rail height 30 inches, Posted

Newport Pier, HP; HR, Surtperch, corbina, jacksmelt, bonito mackerel, Pier surface cement; rail height 36 inches, Posted

  • San Clemente Pier, HP; HR, Croaker, topsmelt, mackerel, Pier surface cement; rail height 43 inches, Posted

  • Seal Beach Fishing Pier, HP, White croaker, California halibut, yellowfin croaker, Pacific mackerel, ordinary restrooms; pier surface wood and cement; rail height 43 inches, Posted

SAN DIEGO

  • Chula Vista, "J" Street Marina, HP; HR, Smelt, perch, guitarfish, croaker, pier surface cement; rail height 43 inches, Posted

  • Embarcadero Fishing Pier (foot of Fifth Avenue), HP; HR, Smelt, turbot, bass, croaker, halibut, pier surface planked; rail height 42 inches, Posted

  • Imperial Beach Pier, HP, Jacksmelt, mackerel, halibut, bass, croakers, opaleye, Ordinary restrooms; pier surface pavement over planking; rail height 41 inches, Posted

  • Ocean Beach Fishing Pier, HR, Queenfish, topsmelt, mackerel, bass, Access to pier from parking lot is either up stairs or a block long public ramp, Posted

  • Oceanside Harbor, HP, Smelt, perch, rays, guitarfish, Ordinary restrooms; pier surface planked; rail height 44 inches, Posted

  • Shelter Island, HP, Smelt, turbot, bass, croaker, halibut, rays guitarfish, Ordinary restrooms; pier surface planked; rail height 42 inches, Posted

SAN FRANCISCO

  • Brisbane Fishing Pier, HP; HR, Staghorn, sculpin, Surfperch, Handicapped parking and restrooms are at marina gate; paths are level and paved, Not posted

  • Candlestick State Park, HP; HR, Staghorn sculpin, Surfperch, Pier is quite a distance from the parking area, Not posted

  • Fort Point Fishing Pier, HR, Staghorn sculpin, Surfperch, Not posted

SAN JOAQUIN

  • White Slough, No HP or HR, Bass, sunfish, catfish, Posted

SAN LUIS OBISPO

  • Avila Pier, HP, Mackerel, white croaker, surfperch, occasional halibut, Pier surface planked; rail height 42 inches; reconstruction anticipated that will include handicapped restroom; concrete ramp to pier, Not known if posted

  • Cayucos Pier, HP, Pacific mackerel, white croaker, jacksmelt, surfperch, juvenile bocaccio (summer), occasional halibut, Ordinary restrooms; pier surface planking; rail height 39 inches, Not posted

  • North T-Pier, HR, Jacksmelt, Pacific mackerel, surfperch, occasional halibut, Commercial fishing dock with public access for fishing; plenty of parking in area with easy access to pier; pier surface planking; no rail; 7.5 inch curb, Posted

  • Pismo Beach Pier, HP; HR, Mackerel, white croaker, jacksmelt, perch, occasional halibut, Pier surface planked; rail height 42 inches, Posted

  • Port San Luis Pier, HP; HR, Mackerel, white croaker, jacksmelt, perch, occasional halibut, Pier surface planked; rail height 35-42 inches, Not known if posted

  • San Simeon Pier, No HP or HR, Surfperch, jacksmelt, white croaker, occasional halibut, No handicapped facilities, but easy access to pier for disabled with ample parking nearby; pier surface planking; rail height 46 inches; pier maintained by California Department of Parks and Recreation, Not posted

  • South T-Pier, No HP or HR, Pacific mackerel, surfperch, jacksmelt, Commercial fishing dock with public access for fishing; ample parking in area with easy access to pier; pier surface planking; no rail; 7.5 inch curb, Posted

SAN MATEO

  • Half Moon Bay (Johnson's Pier), HP; HR, Surfperch, flounder, kingfish, occasional striped bass, Not known if posted

  • Oyster Pt. Fishing Pier, HR, Surfperch Accessible by wheelchair and crutches, Not posted

  • Pacifica Fishing Pier, HP, Staghorn sculpin, white croaker, surfperch, Ramp on south side, Not posted

SANTA BARBARA

  • Gaviota Pier, HP; HR, Surfperch, corbina, jacksmelt, bonito, mackerel, Pier surface wood; rail height 42 inches, Posted

  • Goleta Pier, HP; HR, Surfperch, corbina, jacksmelt, mackerel, Pier surface wood; rail height 42 inches, Posted

SANTA CRUZ

  • Camp Campbell, San Lorenzo River, No HP or HR, Rainbow trout, Posted

  • Capitola Wharf, HP, Perch, mackerel, jacksmelt, rockfish, flatfish, Ordinary restrooms; pier surface planked; rail height 42 inches, Not known if posted

  • Loch Lomond Reservoir, No HP or HR, Rainbow trout, catfish, green sunfish, largemouth bass, Posted

  • Pinto Lake, No HP or HR, Largemouth bass, bluegill, redear, sunfish, rainbow trout, Posted

  • Santa Cruz Wharf, HP; HR, Pacific mackerel, jacksmelt, sculpin, perch, flatfish, occasional steelhead salmon, surface paved; rail height 42 inches; wooden curb extends length of parking area with occasional openings for wheelchair access, Posted

  • Seacliff Wharf and Cement Boat, HP; HR, Perch, jacksmelt, mackerel, sculpin, Handicapped parking at foot of pier; surface planked; rail height 42 inches, Posted

SHASTA

  • Anderson River Park, No HP or HR, Steelhead trout, Not posted

SOLANO

  • Pt. Benicia Fishing Pier, No HP or HR, Flounder, bullhead, Not posted

SONOMA

  • Jenner Visitor Center, No HP or HR, Steelhead, coho, topsmelt, striped bass, Good access, Not posted

TUOLUMNE

  • Moccasin Creek (at hatchery standby pump platform), No HP or HR, Trout, all kinds, Not posted

VENTURA

  • Port Hueneme Pier, HP; HR, Surfperch, corbina, jacksmelt, bonito, mackerel, Pier surface is wood; rail height 42 inches, Posted

  • Ventura Pier, HP; HR, Surfperch, corbina, jacksmelt, bonito, mackerel, Pier surface wood and cement; rail height 36.5 inches, Posted

 

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