Pismo State Beach
|Pismo State Beach|
|Location||San Luis Obispo County, California|
|Nearest city||Pismo Beach, California|
|Area||1,050 acres (4.2 km2)|
|Governing body||California Department of Parks and Recreation|
Pismo State Beach is a beach on the Pacific coast in the U.S. state of California. It is approximately 17 miles long and fronts the towns of Pismo Beach, Grover Beach, and Oceano in San Luis Obispo County. It is managed by the California Department of Parks and Recreation.
The area includes a beach and dunes.
The beach offers many attractions such as camping, hiking, swimming, surfing, and fishing, and is home to the famous Pismo clam. It is a popular place to bird watch and is the largest over-wintering colony of monarch butterflies in the U.S.
Animal and plant life
The beach is home to many forms of marine life, such as abalone, anemones, crabs, kelp, and sea urchins. Several types of birds also live at the beach, such as the brown pelican, great blue heron, and ivory gull.
A large monarch butterfly population winters over at the Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove. It is popular to view the monarch migration from October to February. Docents provide guided tours.
Pismo Beach Nature Center
The Pismo Beach Nature Center is located in Oceano Campground at Pismo State Beach. Operated by the Central Coast State Parks Association, the center features exhibits about the park's birds, animals, monarch butterflies, plants, freshwater lagoon and Chumash culture. Nature education programs are offered for campers, schools and group organizations, and docents lead guided walks. There is also a nature-themed gift shop.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Pismo State Beach.|
- Official Pismo State Beach website
- Pismo Beach Nature Center - Central Coast State Parks Association
- Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove
- Activities and things to do in Pismo Beach
- Panoramic video of Pismo State Beach seen from the Pismo Beach Pier