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About Pelican State Beach in Smith River, California

California’s northernmost beach is Pelican State Beach where it’s just a short walk on sand to the Oregon Border. Drift logs are strewn along the back of the beach giving you places to rest as you walk north from the parking area all the way to the Winchuck River in Crissey Field State Recreation Area in Oregon. This beach walk is almost a mile one way.

Pelican State Beach is a great place for beachcombing, but never turn your back on the ocean as sneaker waves can come ashore. Dress appropriate for this windy and cold environment.

To get here, drive about a half mile from the state border on Highway 101 and turn west onto White Rock Loop Road and follow signs to Pelican State Beach.

Camping is not allowed at Pelican State Beach, but Clifford Kamph Park is just south on the 101 and they have tent-only campsites available.

17200 Hwy 101
Smith River, CA 95567
Park Name
Pelican State Beach
State Park
Pet Details
No dogs allowed on the beach
Free parking
Beachcombing, Beach Walking, Fishing, Surfing, Windsurfing
Driftwood, No Facilities
Map of Pelican State Beach
Khoonkhwuttunne (historical), US
12:59 pm, June 24, 2024
temperature icon 61°F
L: 50° H: 61°
Feels like 60.73 °F few clouds
Wind gusts: 2 m/s
UV Index: 9.41
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:42 am
Sunset: 8:56 pm
Humidity 81 %
Pressure1015 mb
Wind 2 m/s

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1 review(s)
Very good0%
April 22, 2023

It was a chilly blustery day when we stopped at this beach, but we donned our puffy coats and walked the entire beach. Very glad we stopped here! It’s an interesting beach to walk and explore. Just bring a coat!