Will Rogers State Beach

Los Angeles County

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Will Rogers State
Historic Park

1501 Will Rogers Park Rd.
Pacific Palisades, CA
Parking $12
31-room ranch house, stable, corrals, hiking trails
Ranch House tours hourly on Thursdays and Fridays, from 11 AM to 3 PM
Will Rogers State Historic Park

The Getty Villa

17985 Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Palisades, CA
Educational center and museum dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria
Admission free with a timed-entry ticket obtained online, parking $15
The Getty Villa (Malibu) and the Getty Center (LA)

Palisades Park

851 Alma Real Dr.
Pacific Palisades, CA
Open dawn to dusk
Community center with gym and indoor basketball courts, outdoor playground and basketball courts, lighted sports fields, tennis, picnic area
Palisades Park and Recreation Center

Temescal Canyon Park

15900 Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Palisades, CA
A pocket park open dawn to dusk
BBQ pits, picnic tables, children's play area, hiking trails, native garden, restrooms
Temescal Canyon Park

Cove Skatepark

14th and Olympic, Santa Monica, CA
20,000 square feet, ramps, bowls, stairs, pool, over-vert bowl
Santa Monica residents get reduced price. Day passes range from $3 to $5.50
Must be at least 6 years old
Cove Skatepark

Surfing the Point

Some of the best surfing at Will Rogers Beach is at the point at the northeastern end of the beach. Waves there can be on the mushy side at times, but 2 to 3-footers roll in at times, making for short but fun ride. Other surfers pick up on the waves at the breakwater by lifeguard tower 15, just south of the main lifeguard headquarters. Summer usually brings the best waves there, especially with an offshore wind from the northeast.

Caution: Check with rangers or lifeguards that conditions are safe for your planned activities.


Afternoon winds attract kitesurfers to Will Rogers Beach when it isn't too crowded. Mid-April to late October are usually the best months. Kitesurfers should check with the lifeguards before setting up.

Will Rogers State Beach, Los Angeles County, CA

Fishing at Will Rogers Beach

Surf fishermen enjoy casting out at Will Rogers Beach when the sand isn't too crowded with sun bathers. Halibut, opal eye perch, croaker, leopard shark, guitar fish, and corbina have been landed here. Fishing around tower 12 has produced good results. The carolina rig seems to be everyone's favorite. Shrimp, sand crabs, and squid are popular baits.

Junior Lifeguards at Will Rogers Beach

The Junior Lifeguards program develops skills in ocean swimming and in dealing with hazards in the ocean. Participants learn about water safety, surf rescue, surf riding, and first aid. The 5-week program is open to youths ages 9 to 17. Participants meet at Lifeguard Tower 15, just south of the lifeguard headquarters at Will Rogers Beach.

New participants must pass a basic swimming test held in April and May.
LA County Junior Lifeguards

Will Rogers Beach 2018 Program Schedule

Session One: June 20 through July 19, 2018 (morning and afternoon sessions)
Session Two: July 23 - August 17, 2018 (mornings only)
Monday - Friday, Two Sessions:
Morning Session - 8:30 AM to 11:30
Afternoon Session - 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Marvin Braude Bike Trail

Will Rogers State Beach is the northern terminus of the Marvin Braude Bike Trail, which stretches along the coast 22 miles to Torrance County Beach. The paved path passes Santa Monica State Beach, around Marina Del Rey, and on to Dockweiler State Beach, El Porto Beach, Manhattan Beach, and other key places to the south.

Call it a bike trail, but it's popular with walkers, joggers, and in-line skaters too. Along the way there are numerous restrooms, drinking fountains, benches, restaurants, or other places to divert your attention. Sand drifting across the path is a problem in some places. A few bumpy sections are hard on in-line skaters.

Beach Volleyball

Volleyball courts are located in two areas toward the southeastern end of Will Rogers Beach. Open for public use, the courts see everything from casual family matches to professional tournaments. Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball's Battle of the Beaches was held on Will Rogers Beach in 2012.

Volleyball courts on Will Rogers State Beach, Los Angeles County, CA

Beach Volleyball Camps

Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos' Beach Volleyball Camps offer a summer beach volleyball camp at Will Rogers Beach near Tower 18. Participants can join for one day, 5 days, 10 days, 20 days, or the entire summer. They also offer a Sand & Sea Beach Camp. Check their website for current dates and prices.
Beach Volleyball Camps

Sunshine's Beach Volleyball Camp

The Sunshine Volleyball Club offers beach volleyball camps for girls ages 8 to 18 at Will Rogers State Beach. They have both weekly and daily options with camps running Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to noon. Focused instruction on ball control, reading movement, doubles, serving and more. Camps begin in early June and continue through mid-August.
Sunshine's Beach Volleyball Camp

Ocean Safety

California State Parks and Recreation cautions that "large surf, cold water temperatures, backwash, sudden drop-offs, pounding shorebreak, and dangerous rip currents can turn what seem like safe activities such as playing near the surf line, wading, or climbing on rock outcroppings, deadly." Learn more about ocean safety at CA State Parks: Ocean Safety

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