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About JG Island Beach in Huntington Beach, California

JG Island Beach is the southern end of Huntington State Beach at the north side of the Santa Ana River Channel. This relatively unknown spot is next to the popular state park is frequented by surfers and bird-watchers.

The beach is just a quarter mile long due to two waterways cutting through on each end, Santa Ana River and the Talbert/Huntington Beach Channel. Most of this “island” west of Pacific Coast Highway is blocked off in an area called the Least Tern Preserve, but you can walk all around this fenced area. JG is not actually an island as it is connected to land inland of Highway 1.

The surfing spot at the mouth of the Santa Ana River is simply referred to as “River Jetties” by local surfers and it’s a prime place to watch the surfers while they are out there.

The Huntington Beach Bike Trail goes north from here and the Santa Ana River Trail parallels the river going inland for a long distance making this a great place to start a bike ride from.

Swimming in the Santa Ana River or Talbert Channel is not advised due to urban runoff contaminants that flow into them from city streets.

Access to JG Island Beach is easy from parking lot numbers 1 and 0 in the Huntington State Beach parking lot or from Seashore Drive on the other side of the Santa Ana River Bridge.

Brookhurst St & CA-1
Huntington Beach, CA 92646
Park Name
Huntington State Beach, Least Tern Natural Preserve
Other Names
Santa Ana River, Talbert Channel, Huntington Beach Channel
State Park
Pet Details
No dogs allowed on the beach
Fee for parking in state beach lots
Surfing, Birdwatching, Biking, Running, Skating
Paved Bike Path, Restrooms
Map of JG Island Beach
Newport Beach, US
10:34 pm, May 21, 2024
temperature icon 59°F
L: 58° H: 62°
Feels like 58.55 °F few clouds
Wind gusts: 3 m/s
UV Index: 0
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:47 am
Sunset: 7:50 pm
Humidity 86 %
Pressure1014 mb
Wind 3 m/s

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