Dogs: June 15 to Sept. 10 dogs are not permitted on the beach between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Dogs must be on leash at all times.
Southern California is known for its water sports and Aliso Beach Park is no exception. Swimming, surfing, skimboarding and skin diving take place in the waters off Aliso Beach. Sunbathing, tidepool exploration (look but don't touch) and sand castle building are also beach related activities.
Aliso Creek, its surrounding salt marshes, and the overlooking coastal mountains were all once formidable barriers to travel. This area acted as a boundary between the two major Indian tribes. To the south the Juanenos made their home, while to the north the Gabrieleno tribes were found.
Transportation across this area was made easier when a Mr. Thurston, one of Laguna's early pioneers, created the Aliso Canyon Wagon Trail and the Old Coast Wagon Trail. Along these roads came many camping enthusiasts from inland Orange and Riverside Counties. Aliso Beach became a popular stopping place. The County of Orange has owned portions of Aliso Beach since 1949. Parking facilities, restrooms and lifeguard services were soon installed. A 600-foot, diamond-shaped pier was built in the early 1970s, but later removed due to storm damage in 1998.
UPDATED 11/16/20: In an effort to minimize the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) on park patrons, staff, and the Orange County community at large, and consistent with the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Governor’s office, the Orange County Board of Supervisors and the Orange County Health Care Agency (HCA), OC Parks are operating in the following manner.
The clocks fall back early Sunday, Nov. 1, marking the end of daylight-saving time and OC Parks’ spring-summer operating schedule. Most regional parks close at 6 p.m. for the fall and winter, and wilderness parks close at sunset. Make sure to check our COVID-19 information page for modified operations at some parks.
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