El Pescador State Beach

Malibu, California
Managed by LA Waterkeeper

This is one of the small pocket beaches that comprise the “Robert Meyer Memorial State Beach”. El Pescador is Spanish for the “Fisherman”. True to its name, it is a popular spot for surf fishing. It also attracts diehard surfers who enjoy the great waves. Locals love this quiet and secluded beach because you can bask, play, and relax in relative privacy. It is a small beach with a nice mix of rocks and sand from which you might see a magnificent sunset. A small self-pay parking lot is accessed from PCH. Portable restrooms are located at the top of the trail that leads down to the beach. The trail to the beach is steep and narrow with some steps along the way. If you struggle with stairs or hiking, you may find the trail challenging. It is not handicapped accessible or family friendly.

WATER QUALITY
  • No data available
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . LA Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
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CURRENT WEATHER
19°C
A few clouds
MONITORING FREQUENCY

is not sampled

SOURCE INFORMATION

Beach water is tested either once a week or 5 days a week by the City of Los Angeles Environmental Monitoring Division (EMD), County of Los Angeles Department of Health Services (LACDHS), and Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County (LACSD). Freshwater swimming holes, falls and creeks are tested by Council for Watershed Health (CWH) approximately once a week in the summer.

Sample results are emailed from EMD and CWH to LA Waterkeeper, who updates the swim status and information in Swim Guide.

In California, maximum levels for bacteria are established for recreational open beach waters. Single sample maximum levels are 104 Enterococcus /100 ml; and 400 fecal coliform/100 ml; and 10,000 total coliform /100 ml. In waters designated for contact recreation, the median fecal coliform density based on the five most recent samples for any 30-day period shall not exceed 200/100 ml, Fecal and Enterococci density shall not exceed 35/100 ml. Monitoring frequency varies across jurisdictions, most popular beaches are often monitored 5 days a week.

In Los Angeles County bacteriological objectives for freshwater recreation are based on e.coli density. The 30 day geometric mean e.coli density shall not exceed 126/100ml and a single sample limit not to exceed 235/100ml.

Swimmers are advised not to swim within 100 feet of a flowing storm drain. Swimmers are also advised to stay out of the water for 72 hours following a rain event in the area.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

El Pescador State Beach

Malibu, California
Managed by LA Waterkeeper

WATER QUALITY
  • No data available
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . LA Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
For water quality icon legend, click:   
CURRENT WEATHER
19°C
A few clouds

This is one of the small pocket beaches that comprise the “Robert Meyer Memorial State Beach”. El Pescador is Spanish for the “Fisherman”. True to its name, it is a popular spot for surf fishing. It also attracts diehard surfers who enjoy the great waves. Locals love this quiet and secluded beach because you can bask, play, and relax in relative privacy. It is a small beach with a nice mix of rocks and sand from which you might see a magnificent sunset. A small self-pay parking lot is accessed from PCH. Portable restrooms are located at the top of the trail that leads down to the beach. The trail to the beach is steep and narrow with some steps along the way. If you struggle with stairs or hiking, you may find the trail challenging. It is not handicapped accessible or family friendly.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

is not sampled

SOURCE INFORMATION

Beach water is tested either once a week or 5 days a week by the City of Los Angeles Environmental Monitoring Division (EMD), County of Los Angeles Department of Health Services (LACDHS), and Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County (LACSD). Freshwater swimming holes, falls and creeks are tested by Council for Watershed Health (CWH) approximately once a week in the summer.

Sample results are emailed from EMD and CWH to LA Waterkeeper, who updates the swim status and information in Swim Guide.

In California, maximum levels for bacteria are established for recreational open beach waters. Single sample maximum levels are 104 Enterococcus /100 ml; and 400 fecal coliform/100 ml; and 10,000 total coliform /100 ml. In waters designated for contact recreation, the median fecal coliform density based on the five most recent samples for any 30-day period shall not exceed 200/100 ml, Fecal and Enterococci density shall not exceed 35/100 ml. Monitoring frequency varies across jurisdictions, most popular beaches are often monitored 5 days a week.

In Los Angeles County bacteriological objectives for freshwater recreation are based on e.coli density. The 30 day geometric mean e.coli density shall not exceed 126/100ml and a single sample limit not to exceed 235/100ml.

Swimmers are advised not to swim within 100 feet of a flowing storm drain. Swimmers are also advised to stay out of the water for 72 hours following a rain event in the area.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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