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
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!