General Park Information For Day Users And Campers

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Park Hours:  Year round: 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Park Phone: (949) 496-6171

Dogs: Dogs are welcomed at Doheny State Beach.  They must be leashed and attended to by an adult at all times.  They are permitted in the campground and day-use / picnic area.  Dogs are not allowed on the beach at any time.  When camping, dogs must be contained in a vehicle or tend overnight.

Alcohol:  Consumption of alcoholic beverages is not permitted on the beaches or within the day use areas of Doheny State Beach.  Alcohol is permitted inside the campsites as long as all drinkers are at least 21 years of age and have valid identification. Alcohol may be consumed at Day Use sites A and B, and Day Use sites 1 through 4 with the completion of the Alcohol Waiver Form For any questions, contact the Picnic Coordinator at Doheny State Beach by phone [(949) 496-6171] or email to doheny.events@parks.ca.gov.

Amplified sound is not allowed; this includes public address systems and bullhorns. The exception to the policy is for battery operated radios or “boom-boxes” playing at low-levels  of volume (as determined by park rangers or lifeguards)

Vehicle Parking: No vehicles are permitted on the sidewalks or in the picnic areas for loading or unloading of food or supplies. Vehicles must use parking stalls in all three parking lots appropriately.  In south day use area, all tires of a vehicle must be on the roadway parking stall and not on the sand.

Extra vehicles at a campsite: A camping reservation will cover the primary vehicle only. A 2nd and 3rd overnight vehicle is permitted at $15.00 per night per vehicle. The 2nd vehicle may park in the campsite, space permitting, but the 3rd vehicle will need to park in the 3rd vehicle, South Day Use lot just south of the campground. If there is no room for the second vehicle in the campsite, then it may also park in the 3rd vehicle lot. Trailers will count as an extra vehicle but will not be charged if towed in by the primary vehicle.  If you are paying just a Day Use fee to visit for the day, then you will need to park in one of the day use parking lots, but may first drive to the campsite to drop off equipment or people.

Surfing, Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Kayak Surfing:  Board surfing is permitted along all the beach front of Doheny State Beach.  Stand up paddle boarding and kayak surfing is restricted to the area south of The Hammer along San Juan Creek, however, this restriction may be lifted by on-duty lifeguards due to the number of board surfers in the water north of The Hammer.

Volleyball Courts:  The volleyball courts use is on a first come, first serve basis, but courts 1-7 can be reserved at $75.00 per court per day. Contact Ranger Ray Nanadiego at doheny.volleyball@parks.ca.gov for availability and reservation.  Doheny State Beach does not provide volleyballs.

Day Use Park Fees

Park entrance fees are charged for motorized vehicles parking only.  There is no charge if you walk or ride a bike into the park.
Group reservations do not guarantee parking (or entry when park is full).  All parking is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Fees are payable in cash or credit card (but not American Express).

$15.00 per vehicle (normal day-use fee)
$14.00 per vehicle (senior day-use fee)
$50.00 per bus (10-24 passengers)
$100.00 per bus (25 or more passengers
$195.00  annual parking pass.

Camping Fees and Regulations

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Whether you are a first time camper or an experienced enthusiast, you’ll find that California State Parks offers quality camping facilities in beautiful surroundings. Most state park campgrounds are open year-round, and some offer discounts for off-season camping.

Reservations for California State Parks facilities are handled through Reserve America. Please consult that website for fee information and availability.

Reservation Tips

Before you make a reservation, have the following information available.

  • Park selections
  • Date you wish to start camping
  • Type and size of camping equipment
  • Number of people that wil occupy the campsite
  • Number of nights you wish to camp
  • Alternative park and camping date choices
  • Your phone number and area code
  • Method of payment/Credit card number and expiration date
  • Mailing address

How to Make a Reservation

The reservation system allows campers to plan ahead and secure their campsites, thus reducing long waiting lines and turn-aways at park entrances.

Online: The link to Reserve America and the phone numbers that follow include all campgrounds that provide the convenience and service of reserving a campsite. Online reservation and other helpful information on camping is also available at CA State Parks.

By Phone: Call For Reservations at 
TEL: 1-800-444-PARK (7275) 
International Callers: TEL: 916-638-5883 
TDD: 1-800-274-7275

To Cancel a Confirmed Reservation Call Customer Account Services between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, 7 days a week at TEL: 1-800-695-2269.

Your original reservation fee is non-refundable.

Camping Without a Reservation For California State Parks campgrounds that operate on a “first come, first served” basis; TEL: 916-653-6995