Lighthouse Field State Beach

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Lighthouse Field State Beach
Steamer Lane 11-08-09.jpg
Visitors watching Steamer Lane waves from Lighthouse Field State Beach
Map showing the location of Lighthouse Field State Beach
Map showing the location of Lighthouse Field State Beach
Map showing the location of Lighthouse Field State Beach
Map showing the location of Lighthouse Field State Beach
LocationSanta Cruz County, California, USA
Nearest citySanta Cruz, California
Coordinates36°57′7″N 122°1′42″W / 36.95194°N 122.02833°W / 36.95194; -122.02833Coordinates: 36°57′7″N 122°1′42″W / 36.95194°N 122.02833°W / 36.95194; -122.02833
Area38 acres (15 ha)
Established1978
Governing bodyCalifornia Department of Parks and Recreation

Lighthouse Field State Beach is a protected beach in the state park system of California, United States. It is located in the city of Santa Cruz at the north end of Monterey Bay. The beach overlooks the Steamer Lane surfing hotspot. It also contains the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, housed in a 1967 lighthouse.[1] The 38-acre (15 ha) site was established in 1978.[2]

Natural history[edit]

Lighthouse Field State Beach is a wintering ground for migrating monarch butterflies. Other resident animals include California sea lions and American black swifts.[1]

Recreation[edit]

Steamer Lane is a famous surfing location. Each Christmas the park hosts Santa Cruz's annual "Caroling under the Stars" event.[1] The park is free to visit year-round, and offers walking trails, wildlife viewing, picnic areas, public restrooms, and outdoor showers.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Lighthouse Field SB". California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-07-28.
  2. ^ "California State Park System Statistical Report: Fiscal Year 2009/10" (PDF). California State Parks: 30. Retrieved 2012-07-28.

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