Carmel River State Beach
|Carmel River State Beach|
Carmel River State Beach
|Location||Monterey County, California, USA|
|Nearest city||Carmel, California|
|Area||297 acres (120 ha)|
|Governing body||California Department of Parks and Recreation|
Carmel River State Beach is a state park unit of California, USA, featuring a 1-mile-long (1.6 km) protected beach with a lagoon formed by the Carmel River. The lagoon attracts a large number of migratory birds. The state beach includes Monastery Beach, (also called San Jose Creek Beach) which is popular with scuba divers. Sea kayakers also frequent the beach, which has easy access to the natural reserves of Point Lobos. The 297-acre (120 ha) park was established in 1953.
In 1602 Spanish explorer Sebastián Vizcaíno landed at this beach. Gaspar de Portolà, during the Portola expedition, was encamped on this beach and rested here before deciding to return to San Diego because of low supplies and having failed to rendezvous with the Spanish supply ships. A cross commemorating that marker can be found at the beach today.
Recreational activities 
Carmel River State Beach is a popular spot for divers and kayakers, who can access the notable kelp forests in the area. It is also popular with birders, and is a stop on the Central Coast Birding Trail. The best seasons for birdwatching at Carmel River State Beach are fall and winter.
Swimming on this section of the coast can be extremely dangerous because of the strong currents. Carmel River State Beach is considered especially dangerous for swimming, as the steep drop-off from shore can minimize turbulent waves, giving the mistaken impression of a calm sea.
At the county level, Carmel River State Beach is represented on the Monterey County Board of Supervisors by Supervisor Dave Potter . In the California State Assembly, Carmel River State Beach is represented by Bill Monning as part of the 27th Assembly district. In the State Senate, Carmel River State Beach is represented by Sam Blakeslee as part of the 15th State Senate district. In the U.S. House of Representatives, Carmel River State Beach is part of California's 17th congressional district, represented by Sam Farr.
See also 
- California State Park System Statistical Report: Fiscal Year 2009/10. California State Parks. p. 24. Retrieved 2011-11-12.
- Parr, Barry (2007). Explore! Big Sur Country. Globe Pequot.
- "Carmel River State Beach". Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Retrieved 2011-11-12.
- "Monterey County Supervisorial District 5 Map (North District 5)". County of Monterey. Retrieved 21 September 2012.
- "Bill Monning - Biography". Bill Monning, California State Assemblyman, 27th District. Retrieved 12 October 2012.
- "District Map". Sam Blakeslee, California State Senator, 15th District. Retrieved 12 October 2012.
- "The 17th District: About the 17th District of California". Sam Farr, United States Congressman, California's 17th District. Retrieved 12 October 2012.