Featuring rocky outcroppings that are often home to tidepools, a walk on the beach is interesting indeed! This beach is a favorite for catching the sunset over the water and watching an abundance of wildlife around the ocean. You can see Gray whales, adorable seals, and California sea lions. Right off the beach is Goat Island, a National Wildlife Sanctuary and breeding spot for many birds, most specifically the Tufted Puffin. Take your dog on a stroll along one of the trails that lead to a scenic viewpoint giving you the best opportunity to catch some of these pawmazing animals.
Your dog is allowed to romp on the beach and splash in the ocean with you, but must stay on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times. Harris Beach becomes crowded in the summer as this is a favorite vacation spot for families. During the summer, people bring their towels, beach chairs, umbrellas, kites, and picnic lunches and spend the entire day at the beach soaking up the sun and enjoying the magnificent Pacific Ocean waters. If you want a less crowded and more peaceful beach experience, come early in the morning before the beach crowds show up for the day. Going in the winter, spring, and fall will also ensure a less crowded beach.
This park not only has a beach, but also features a big campground. With sites ranging from traditional, RV and those with electric and water, there's a spot for every taste. There's even three pet-friendly yurts! Restrooms, showers, picnic areas and a playground are near the campground for campers too.
For the fishermen in the crowd, three concrete piers offer a puptastic place to cast a line with your dog by your side. Be sure to pick up a license first, or get one at the Harris Beach State Park's central offices. Note that if you are camping, you will only need to pay for your camping fees during your stay. For the day users, there is a $5 permit fee per vehicle for a day of use. An annual permit costs $30 and is good at all the day use fee parks.
Be sure to keep your dog leashed everywhere in the park, and pick up whatever your pup leaves behind. Bring all the essentials, including clean-up bags and drinking water to share with your dog.
Treat your pup to a day of sun and sand at the woofderful Harris Beach State Park!