Goleta Beach Partially Reopens Following Storm Repairs

By the County of Santa Barbara

On February 9, 2023, the Santa Barbara County Community Services Department, Parks Division, will partially reopen Goleta Beach County Park to the public.

Parking, BBQ grills, beach access, and restrooms will be open from sunrise to sunset in the area between the park entrance and pier. The parking lot at the far east end and the pier will remain closed due to damage sustained during the January 2023 storms. While some repairs are underway and assessments of the pier are ongoing, it is anticipated to be several weeks before the east parking lot and pier can reopen safely.   

The park’s west end will remain closed due to ongoing emergency beach operations. Work in this area will continue Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Park visitors should be aware of large trucks entering and exiting the park and keep away from the operation area. The material in this area is unstable, and walking through the work site could lead to an injury.

Work that began on Jan. 11, 2023 is expected to last until the end of March, 2023.

On Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, Santa Barbara County proclaimed a local emergency due to the January 2023 Storm impacts. Goleta Beach Park is an active emergency response site under this declaration and state and federal emergency declarations.

Beach nourishment operations are conducted through emergency permits from state and federal agencies. People traveling on the Obern Trail Path (Atascadero Creek Trail) should use caution when traveling through the park due to operations near the park entrance.

For more information on beach nourishment operations, visit www.countyofsb.org/emergencybeachops 


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  1. Overall, the County of SB has done a stellar job with the beach nourishment operations. Of course there were some slight inconveniences for a few of us, but in no time at all the beach will be back to the way it was before the dumping/replenishment. I personally have no plans for at least a few weeks to fish in that area, but indeed the fish will return. The last time I was fishing off the Goleta Pier all I caught were some old hooks, lures, and fishing line…no fish! Be patient people as summer is right around the corner and we can all enjoy one of SB County’s best beach parks (my fav was Hendry’s, but Goleta has much better access, and lousy waves for the most part.

  2. MICHELE – I’d love to know that as well. Problem is, if anyone complains/asks questions about SB dumping their dirt at Goleta Beach again, they’re shut down and insulted. Someone did post a really interesting video from the 80s (SAIL I think it was?) but that was about how sand moves around on a beach.
    Anyone out there know how this dumped dirt and debris turns into sand?

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